Thursday, May 25, 2023

What do they call you up there? They call me Mr. Tibbs!

I went to see Retrograde in the Kiln Theatre the night before last, but couldn't write about it until now as Helen was going to yesterday's matiness and didn't want any plot spoilers.

Anyway I strolled in only to find someone apparently in my place because the ticket was actually for today. I sat down next to her and was displaced only to meerkat up, spot and move to another empty space. I repeated the trick a few times until I ended up in a seat that stayed abandoned and watched the play. It was really good. Here is the theatre's page on it including extracts from its four and five star reviews. The writer is someone called Ryan Calais Cameron who seems to be quite the coming man. I just like him because he is from Tooting up the road from my house.

It finishes on the 27th so you have got no chance of catching it. Come to think of it I imagine the performance when I was playing musical chairs before curtain up was as well.

The Golden Age of Hollywood. Behind closed doors, aspiring actor Sidney Poitier is offered a lucrative contract that could make him a superstar. But what is he willing to sacrifice?

From the writer of award-winning, sold-out, For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy, Ryan Calais Cameron’s explosive new play explores identity, resilience, and integrity as it examines a true event in 1950’s Hollywood and the reality of a Black actor’s journey to stardom.

Next up, once-a-month, Guys & Dolls Bridge Theatre June 15th 2023 7:30pm.

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