By: Janice Dayle
Oliver Samuels is more than his usual wild and witty self as he brilliantly portrays a hilarious burglar in Patrick Brown's "Assistant Thief". Currently on tour in North America, the play features an equally talented cast of Glen "Titus" Campbell and Camille Davis.
"I caught up with the tour at Montreal's Royal Vale Auditorium on October 22, 2006, where the excitement began even before the play started. It was actually dinner theatre, thrown together by stalwart promoter Garry T and associates, with fine finger-licking cuisine, refreshments, Caribbean delicacies and CKUT's Howard "Stretch" Carr as host.
However the main attraction had everyone in that full house practically rolling out of their seats in fits of laughter...I mean it was laugh till you pop up with no apologies. People were howling - me included, at the smooth rhythmic flow of conversations and ridiculously humorous counteractions.
In the play, issues of trust weigh in on the realities that thievery brings while moral dilemmas intertwine reaching an unexpected ending. Camille Davis is the virtual newcomer to the theatre scene, who was full of surprises and kept the audience in suspense. Comfortably fitting into her role, she offered a crisp balance in her portrayal of a seemingly unstable and somewhat weird bourgeois housewife. This is the Mannings High School graduate's second co-star role with comedic icon, Oliver.
This play is a definite hit - check for it in a theatre near you