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August 4, 2014
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Dutty Berry makes play debut
Shereita Grizzle, STAR Writer


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He gave a decent performance when he made his stand-up comedy debut at the Lime Comedy Café back in January. Now, keen on breaking new grounds, Rushaine 'Dutty Berry' Berry is making preparations for his play debut.

Berry has been cast as one of the characters in Oliver Mair's newest production, Laff It Off, which had its first showing on Friday at the Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Also part of the cast is Simone Clarke-Cooper, Rodney Campbell, Patria-Kaye Aarons and Akeem Mignott.

In a recent interview with the STAR, Berry said he was nervous about his live debut. "I'm use to it just being me and the camera so the thought of performing in front of a live audience is nerve- racking because you can't just stop and do a re-take if you make a mistake," he said. "I'm excited because this is new for me and I get to learn from some of the best in the industry. The cast has a lot of experience and they have been very encouraging."

Berry said being a part of such a production has opened his eyes to the hard-work actors have to put into such projects. "It is not easy and I have a new-found respect for everyone who does that kind of work, they really work hard," he said.

Laff It Off will run for two weekends. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Berry gained popularity late last year when Jamaican songstress Tessanne Chin entered The Voice competition in the United States. His blog, The Dutty Berry Show, quickly became a hit with local audiences who anticipated the weekly reviews of the competition.

shereita.grizzle@gleanerjm.com

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