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Stage Play Review: “Dubai or No Sex” – Uncle Ebo Whyte’s Exploration of Modern Marital Struggles



Uncle Ebo Whyte‘s latest stage production, “Dubai or No Sex,” takes audiences on a hysterical journey through the intricacies of marriage, financial struggles, and the pervasive influence of social media. Set against the backdrop of contemporary Ghanaian society, the play skillfully intertwines humour, drama, and introspection to deliver a captivating theatrical experience.

At the heart of the narrative is Adwoa, a character who becomes ensnared in the allure of her friend Diva and her husband Simon‘s ostentatious lifestyle. Simon serves as Adwoa‘s husband Barnabas‘s junior colleague in the legal field, creating a dynamic ripe with envy and desire. Adwoa‘s longing for a more lavish existence propels her to impose unreasonable expectations on her husband Barnabas, setting the stage for a series of tumultuous events that could eventually collapse their marriage. She even insists that she would not engage in any sex with him unless he gets them to take a trip to Dubai. 

What unfolds in the play is a well-thought-through exploration of human emotions and the complexities of modern relationships. Adwoa‘s dissatisfaction with her job as a teacher, juxtaposed with Simon and his wife Diva’s extravagant lifestyle, catalyzes introspection. 

The play masterfully navigates themes of honesty, integrity, and societal pressures, prompting audiences to reflect on their own life choices and priorities.

One of the play’s strengths lies in its incorporation of music which has become key to all Roverman Production plays. With a diverse selection of songs from different genres seamlessly integrated into the production you are sure to be entertained. Barnabas‘s choice to sing only Twi songs is humorously highlighted by Adwoa. This adds some depth to their characters and enhances the comedic elements of the play.

Things however take an unexpected turn when Simon is faced with legal troubles that expose the real source of his lavish living. This reveal seemingly throws light on the darker realities behind how some people can afford the lavish lifestyles they flaunt.

Yet, despite its humour and entertainment, “Dubai or No Sex” is not without its flaws that take a bit away from the complete experience.

Dissapointly, we don’t get to see how Simon’s legal woes were resolved. This unfortunately leaves much to be desired, leaving audiences craving closure and further exploration of his character arc. 

However, the play’s focus on Adwoa and Barnabas‘s journey towards reconciliation ultimately serves as a satisfying conclusion, highlighting the power of communication and compromise in marriage.

Uncle Ebo Whyte‘s storytelling prowess shines through in “Dubai or No Sex,” prompting audiences to reevaluate their own relationships and life choices. While the play offers valuable insights into the challenges of modern marriage, its universal themes make it accessible to audiences of all backgrounds. 

I will score this play 3.5 out of 5 stars. Whether you’re married or single, “Dubai or No Sex” is sure to leave a lasting impression, igniting conversations long after the final curtain falls.

For a captivating theatrical experience that will make you laugh, cry, and reflect, don’t miss “Dubai or No Sex” happening at the National Theatre Accra, on Friday 5th April at 7 pmSaturday 6th April at 4 pm and 8 pm as well as on Sunday 7th April at 1 pm, 4 pm and 8 pm.

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