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Choo Kong’s political farce moves to Sapa
“Vintage Choo Kong,” that was the sentiment shared by many who attended the first two runs of Play Yuhself, Prime Minister, held in April and May at Cipriani College of Labour and Corporative Studies and Queen’s Hall.
The play will have its third and final showing at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (Sapa), San Fernando, from May 27 to 29.
A release said Raymond Choo Kong (Prime Minister, the Honourable Dr Lee) and Cecilia Salazar (Mrs Lee) lead a cast of fresh faces. Keino Swamber (Minister of Finance, Shirley Cockburn), Rachel Walters (M Daisy Beckles), Jeanine Lee Kim (Maxine Beckles), Syntyche Bishop (Secretary to the Minister of Finance—Ms Titus) and Newcomer—Kala Neehall (Journalist—Ms Moonsammy) send the PM on a roller coaster ride of turmoil and turbulence when personal skeletons are dusted off. Trevon C Jugmohan (Personal Private Secretary to the PM—Mr Persad) is left to frantically clean up the mess.
With a slew of praise for the execution of this farce, the plot centres around a new government preparing to present its first budget, which promises to eliminate slackness and self-indulgence through “fiscal measures, instead of discreet legislation.” The producers say Play Yuhself, Prime Minister contains enough political satire and picong to make even the most iron-willed politician cringe.
In one review, Shazim Khan—a literature student at UWI and a member of Theatre Buzz TT/Break the Proscenium Blog Spot, said, “I couldn’t have been more wrong about Play Yuhself, Prime Minister. Though it may not be considered deeply profound or thought provoking, for a comedy, Play Yuhself achieved a surprising level of satire and wit.
For ticket information, call 477-0772 / 384-8663.
Tickets are also available at the Sapa Box office from noon to 6 pm daily. Call 460-0028.
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