Nevis Mountain Dew
The title of Steve Carters 1978 melodrama refers to a brand of rum from Nevis, the Caribbean island where the denizens of the play, set in 1954 Queens, New York, are from. Aint nothing but truth serum, is how one character labels the libation, and theres plenty sometimes too much truth waiting to be told once the drinking starts. For Jared (Sammie Wayne IV), encased in an iron lung, theres the truth that on this, his 50th birthday, he longs for release from his resentment and depression. Theres the truth about Jareds wife, Billie (a miscast Nancy Renee), and how her husbands once virile and now listless body has wreaked havoc on her sexuality. Then theres the truth about Jareds sister, Everelda (Veronica Thompson), and her pathological need to care for her stricken brother. With so much going on it is hard for director Nancy Cheryll Davis to find focus for her mostly capable cast, especially when Carters dialogue leans to the histrionic. Underneath it all, though, lies the bitter truth that it is more often we who make the choices that keep us from our own liberation. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: April 18. Continues through May 18, 2008
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