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January 22, 2014
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Shebada shines in 'Clash' comedy

A scene from 'Clash'. - Contributed

The comedy 'Clash', is, arguably, the funniest play on the theatre scene this month, a guaranteed laugh fest that will leave patrons rolling in the aisles.

Theatre critics have hailed the play as Shebada's best performance since the breakout, smash hit, 'Bashment Granny'.

Directed by Paul O Beale, the play is a microcosm of the local music industry with shady area leaders doubling as corrupt promoters, inept road managers, greedy booking agents, and illiterate dancehall artistes.

This irreverent look at the industry, written by brilliant new playwright David Tulloch of 'Risuqe' fame, will thoroughly entertain audiences.

Keith 'Shebada' Ramsay is box-office gold. In this play, he takes on the role of 'Ravers', a road manager for the artiste Hya Heights.

The script affords him the opportunity to showcase his full range of acting abilities, especially his impeccable sense of comedic timing, but he is able to tap into his dramatic side. He literally cries during a scene in which he mourns the loss of his best friend and meal ticket, Hya Heights, when he signs a contract with area-leader thug 'Ragga Don'. Patrons were dumbfounded when they saw the tears in his eyes, commenting, "mi caan believe Shibby really a bawl!".

talented cast

The cast is rounded out by a superb and talented cast. Garfield 'Bad Boy Trevor' Reid plays the role of 'Fairmon', a former gang-leader-turned-businessman, the father of 'Gabby', an aspiring female singer, played alternately by the superb Shermaine Wisdom and Renae Wilson.

The unflappable Volier Johnson plays area leader Ragga Don, who is hoping to use the entertainment industry as a front for his illegal business. Junior 'Half-a-Dawg' Williams plays the illiterate 'Hya Heights', an aspiring singer, who signs away his rights and freedom in an iron-clad contract with Ragga Don.

The role of Ragga Don's mistress, 'Maxine', is played alternately by Taunia Flowers and the voluptuous Sherene Davis. This character plays an integral role in how the play unfolds.

The play is full of pop culture references that are guaranteed to entertain. During one scene, Shebada declared: "Yu nuh see Yendi just caan badda wid uptown, so she just go tek a rastaman."

In a later scene, he muses: "Jenny Jenny coulden host Dancing Dynamites if Bogle never dead."

'Clash' will perform its last production at the Green Gables Theatre this weekend, with special two-for-one performances, all weekend long, beginning Friday.

"Clash will head to the US and the Caribbean for two weeks, in February, before returning to Jamaica for one week for a special Valentine's performances in Clarendon, February 14; St Thomas, the following day, and Ocho Rios the next.

"Then, it's overseas again," Bunny Allen, the head of RBT Entertainment, said.

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