Serious Business is a hilarious Jamaican comedy written by Paul Obeale, starring Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsey, Volier Johnson, and Deon Silvera. Serious Business opened in Jamaica and has played to many large audiences. The play will have tour stops in Toronto, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Baltimore, and other cities in the United States. Serious Business is a highly rated play from Stages Production that follows in the footsteps of their success with Bashment Granny. Patrons in the Greater Toronto Area will get their chance to be entertained by this delightful play from May 28 – 30, 2010.
Serious Business takes an extremely hilarious yet realistic look at how religion can be wielded for selfish and sometimes deadly ambitions. It depicts a church leader (Shepherd) who manipulates some members of the community for financial gains. This pastor uses experiences from his shady past to guide his deceitful activities. However, the membership of the church is declining and his misguided schemes are now in jeopardy. The church’s co-founder (Elder) tries to help the situation by promoting another member (brother Shebbie). Brother Shebbie (played by Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsey) is a loudmouthed and feisty impostor whose presence threatens Shepherd. Shepherd’s church is also a haven for dark secrets, mistrust, adultery, bad tempers, and manipulation.
Can they work together to make the situation better, or will greed cause their undoing? Come and see epic performances from Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsey, Volier ‘Maffie’ Johnson, and Deon Silvera as they lead a talented and dynamic cast in this entertaining play. Serious Business is filled with creative dramatizations of life in Jamaica and provides uncontrollable laughter, enjoyment, and knowledge.
The play will be staged in Toronto on Friday May 28 at JCA at 8 pm; in Scarborough on Saturday May 29 at Sir John A Macdonald Collegiate at 8 pm; and on Sunday May 30 at Speranza Banquet Hall at 3 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are general admission: $30 Online, $35 Advance, and $40 at the Door.