Rundown Cayman comedy at its best

Audiences are in for a belly-full of laughs with the 2012 edition of the popular comedy review Rundown.

Now in its 21st year, Rundown takes an irreverent look at life in the Cayman Islands, through a series of skits and songs that poke some lighthearted fun at many aspects of island life.

Written and directed by Henry Muttoo, the action in this year’s show takes place at the auditions and subsequent rehearsals for Rundown.

Many of the long term cast members have returned once again this year, including Rita Estevanovich playing Henry Muttoo among a host of other characters, Quincy Brown, Leroy Holness as Rasta Ital, Michael McLaughlin, Priscilla Pouchie and Fritz McPherson.

A number of new faces have also joined the show this year: We meet two Shettys (doctor and chef) played by Came-Indian newcomers to the show Judy Singh and Vijay Singhera, as well as two McKeevas (before and after). Kevin Creary also joins the cast giving a delightful performance as a doubled-over, quivering old man who miraculously regains the agility of youth when the music comes on, performing a high energy dance routine, and reverting to his elderly character the second the music stops.

Kevin Morales (more or less), better known as the sports anchor for Cayman 27 and Jacoline Frank also make their debut appearances in Rundown this year.

As usual, the skits are based on topical events and gently mock some local politicians, public figures and the local media. It is a Rundown tradition that certain individuals are mentioned by name in the show, and this year the Caymanian Compass’s own Carol Winker is one of those.

Quincy Brown delights audiences as usual with his superb acting skills and his gift for mimicry – even when playing himself and having a laugh at some of his own misadventures – and Rita Estevanovich slips seamlessly from one character to another playing the director himself, a Hispanic resident, a young child and Californian ganja-smoking dude, man.

The multi-national cast reflects the international population of the Islands and the skits have a good natured laugh at some of the cultural differences and misunderstandings that arise from this.

All in all, Rundown is a great evening out, with colourful characters and costumes, singing, dancing and comedy in spades.

If you haven’t seen in yet, Rundown returns for the final weekend from 3 to 6 May and tickets are available from Funky Tangs, Fosters Supermarkets and the Cayman National Cultural Foundation.

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