Tings Dey Happen: Oil and Political Violence in Nigeria
November 16, 2007, 11:52 pm
Filed under: art, in brief, nyc | Tags: , , , ,

On Wednesday I went to the Culture Project in SoHo to see Tings Dey Happen, a one-man show put on by the talented actor and writer Dan Hoyle.  The play explores the complicated political situation in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, a country that is now heavily dependent on oil and the companies that run the business.  Nigeria provides the US with 10% of its oil annually and  taxes on oil production accounts for 80% of the Nigerian government’s revenue.  Dan presents a compelling and entertaining look at the situation by playing many characters, utilizing a wide variety of expertly executed accents to differentiate between each character.  He speaks most often in an almost indecipherable pidgin that’s the most commonly used language in Nigeria.  All in all a fascinating look at a subject I’m not that knowledgeable about.  The show ends on December 22nd, definitely worth the price of admission.

Check out this interview with Dan in HuffPo for more info.


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