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Posted October 6, 2004
'Tony Hall¿s play 'Jean and Dinah . . . ' is one of the finest pieces of West Indian theatre I have seen in years-- it--never surrenders its raw, poignant humour, its rhythm that mimics that of Carnival music, and when I saw it performed by two excellent actresses I felt continuous astonishment, delight and pride.' Derek Walcott, Poet & Playwright, Nobel Laureate Santa Cruz, March 8th, 1997.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 10, 2003
`Jean and Dinah, Rosita and Clementina Round the Corner Posing, Bet your life is something they selling . . .¿ - The Mighty Sparrow - Jean and Dinah . . . orchestrates itself out of the calypso, Yankees Gone, also known as Jean and Dinah, sung by the Mighty Sparrow in 1956. This calypso was a male response to the influence of the occupying Yankees on local girls in the post World War II period. The play is a tragi-comedy set in present-day Port-of Spain, Trinidad, in Act One, then in Act two, the characters take us some 40 years back to their theatre of the streets of Port of Spain. It is Jouvay morning, the dawn of Carnival Monday and Jean comes to take her friend, Dinah, to play mas (masquerade) in the city as they have done for the past forty years. This year, however, Dinah is tired and ailing and does not want to go. Jean tries desperately to rally her into making their annual pilgrimage through the streets where they play sailor mas on Carnival Tuesday. In the ensuing battle to get Dinah out of bed onto the streets of Port of Spain, both women discover things about themselves that shaped their lives. This play gives the women in Sparrow¿s calypso a voice. Their stories take us on an emotional roller coaster of laughter, pain and sorrow.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 16, 2002
"Jean and Dinah" offers you an insight into a country that does not only exist as palm trees and white beaches. The play offers an inside perspective on a culture that has to deal with poverty and social problems. 'Jean and Dinah' - the two heroines - are two Jamettes that lead and live a fight against colonialism and history. Carnival, Trinidad's most important event of the year, functions as a frame for the drama. In Trinidad Tony Hall's drama is considered to be one of the most important dramas in contemporary writing. Whoever wants to get to know Trinidad and its people should put the Baedeker (travelling guide) aside and read this play. Sandy Stoll aus Stuttgart, DeutschlandWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 2, 2002
. . . the context of the play commands Caribbean, but especially Trinidadian, jamette history - all those who live below the diameter of respectable society. Badjohns such as Mastife, Batonier and Hannibal, and legendary women of the streets such as Alice Sugar and Boadicea (Bodi) are invoked as part of its natural landscape. Creole language is also interestingly utilized, commanding calypso as poetic and literary referential points along with Shakespeare and the Romantics . . . Ramabai Espinet, TorontoWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.