KU students perform their mentor’s musical piece

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KU students perform their mentor’s musical piece


Members of the Kenyatta University Traveling Theater on stage. PHOTO FILE | NMG

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Summary

  • Contract Love ‘, staged last weekend at the Kenya Cultural Center by students from Kenyatta University, is a Zippy Okoth play that is a musical, messy love story and murder thriller in one. part.
  • It has an interesting story, reflecting the plight of many young people leaving school; the problem is to find a job to put bread on the table.

Contract Love ‘, staged last weekend at the Kenya Cultural Center by students from Kenyatta University, is a Zippy Okoth play that is a musical, messy love story and murder thriller in one. part.

It has an interesting story, reflecting the plight of many young people leaving school; the problem is to find a job to put bread on the table.

Let alone get a higher position or a high salary. Anita (Judy Nyakio) is ready to take any job. She had to postpone the end of her law school, times are so hard.

Her lover Tom (Andy Joseph) finds his job as a housekeeper for his uncle, Chris (Samson Adino). As humiliating as the suggestion may be, she agrees to take the job.

It turns out that Chris, a business mogul, has a terminal illness and behaves like a cranky old man. But Anita is ready for anything, as long as she gets paid.

In six months, Chris’s health improved dramatically. Meanwhile, his business partner Harry (Jeff Opondo Omondi) wants to swindle Chris from running the company. He enlists Tom and tries to involve Anita as well.

But she and Chris have already promised each other undying love. Additionally, she warns Chris about the corporate contract that Harry has established.

But before the contract is challenged, Harry panics and the rest is a hell of a mess, aside from Anita’s reunion with her old handsome Tom.

It’s a story with so many twists and turns it could have been a gripping spectacle. Director Peter Oroto had assembled a number of excellent actors. The problem was, they needed at least another week of rehearsals.

At that time, Oroto could have blackmailed his singers. He had an excellent range of voices, but they had to take the tuning of their vocal cords more seriously,

Plus, during that extra rehearsal time, the scene changes could have been tighter so that the action from scene to scene could unfold without the long stretches of darkness or silence we witnessed. last Sunday afternoon.

For example, when the narrator told us the show was going to start: “3-2-1” and boom! Nothing happened except that in the dark you could hear footsteps, chair slamming, and we asked ourselves: is noise supposed to be part of the show? It’s not.

The opening scene is at a nightclub where there is an open mic, and Tom sings an love song to Anita.

The loving embrace that follows is meant to convince us that theirs is true love. But then, once she goes to work for cranky Chris, we don’t hear or see him again for six months.

It was during this time, apparently, that Tom was quietly bribed and caught stealing money from his uncle.

Apparently only Harry is in the know and plans to use that knowledge to blackmail Tom into helping him convince Chris to sign a new contract that would leave him shares in his company.

Tom (like Anita) has legal skills and Chris relies on him as legal counsel. Chris paid Tom’s tuition fees throughout his law school years, so Tom’s loyalty is put to the test.

He is in agony not only because he lost Anita through negligence, but also because he does not want to betray his uncle.

Harry detects his ambivalence and beats him violently to convince him that his life is on the line.

Before the story ends, there are two fatal shootings. But that’s largely a spoiler that I’ll be. Both shots are quick, efficient, and fairly definitive. But they make the ending too easy, and also incomplete.

For example, we don’t know what happens to the contract Chris signed or not. If signed, will it be binding? What kind of impact would this have on Anita and the others left behind?

There is so much about Contract Love that is intriguing and endearing. For example, the impact of Anita’s presence on the health of this sick and lonely bachelor is impressive.

It is also touching that Chris and Anita have great news to share just moments before disaster strikes in the form of Harry’s murderous cash raid.

But the fact that the series ends with one last shot and pregnant heroine Anita rushes into the arms of her old, gun-twisted boyfriend, Tom, is a bit too much of Hollywood Wild Western style for me.

A word of advice: never take the opinions of media critics too seriously! It’s not worth the shot.

William N. Fernandez