The Eulogy of a Neat Man

(This review appeared in The East African 14th-20th December 2013 under the title Why must I have life if to live means to die?)   “Everything has been figured out, except how to live,” said French writer Jean-Paul Sartre. This was the theme of The Eulogy of a Neat Man, a one-man play written and…

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The Merry Wives of Our Windsor

(This review appeared in The East African 23rd-29th November 2013 under the title Hilarious Wanawake wa Heri) If ever there has been a first-rate example of theatricalism, then it is The Theatre Company’s production of Wanawake wa Heri wa Winsa. Translated into Kiswahili by Joshua Ogutu, this is not merely a translation but also an…

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To Marie With Love

(This review appeared in The East African 16th-22nd November 2013 under the title Abortion, Birth Control and the Enjoyment of Sex) To Marie With Love, a one-woman play by Pauline Devaney opened at the Austin Room of Braeburn Theatre on Friday 8th November for a run of four shows. The play is about Marie Carmichael…

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Apples From the Desert at Norfolk

(This review appeared in The East African 2nd-8th November 2013 under the title Apples from the Desert in Nairobi) At the Norfolk Hotel on Sunday 13th October, H.E. Ambassador Gil Haskel of Israel made an astute remark: he said that there isn’t a convergence of cultures that’s more poignant than what is found in theatre….

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French Elements

(This review appeared in The East African 26th October-1st November 2013) Elements, the new play by John Sibi-Okumu premiered at Alliance Française on 18th October 2013. As a Chevalier des PalmesAcademiques– an award given to him by the French government in 2002 for the promotion of French- it should probably come as no surprise that…

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Steel Magnolias at Phoenix

(This review appeared in The East African 5th-11th October 2013 under the title Comedy of Errors on Stage) Robert Harling’sSteel Magnolia,opened on Friday 20th September for a two-week run at Phoenix Theatre. Harling wrote the play in 1987 as a way of dealing with the pain caused by the death of his sister, who suffered…

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Adaptations On The Kenyan Stage: The Good, The Bad and the Very Good

(This article appeared in The East African 28th September-4th October 2013 under the title Adaptations Gone Bad) The term‘literary adaptation’, often refers to the transposition a work of art from one medium into another. More common nowadays are novel-to-screen adaptations but novel-to-stage adaptations still hold an important place in literary discourse. However, on a Kenyan…

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For Coloured Girls

(This review appeared in The East African 3rd-9th August 2013 under the title Young, Gifted, Black and Female) “I found God in myself and I loved Her fiercely,” is the mantra, sang in a cappella, that ends the performance of For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When The Rainbow is Enuf, by Ntokaze Shange,…

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The Meta- morphic and Elusive Kenyan Middle Class

While Seth Busolo’s Poison Ivy, which premiered at Alliance Française on 8th February, depicts the daily ordeals of a middle class Nairobi family, John Sibi-Okumu’s Meetings, which premiered at Phoenix Theatre on 15th February takes a macro view of the Kenyan middle class. Meetings, is very much like Sibi-Okumu’s first play, Role Play, in its…

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Whole- some Bourgeois Drama

(This review appeared in The East African 16th-22nd February 2013 under the title A Meddling Family and A Thankless Audience) Poison Ivy, Seth Busolo’s ninth full-length play, a Wholesome Entertainment production, directed by Pauline Komu, premiered at Alliance Française on Friday 8th February. However, it is not being a prolific playwright- nine plays in three…

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