For patrons who thronged the National Theatre for Uncle Ebo Whyte’s latest play, Husband Material 7 Yards last weekend, it was a good moment to encourage themselves and build their hopes in these difficult moments.
The new play from the Roverman’s camp tells the story of a couple, Joe and Charity, who start their day as any other day—with a bit of fighting, loving, money issues and the task of keeping three energetic kids in line.
With a great job and the backing of his powerful board chairman to count on, Joe and his wife have every reason to feel blessed. However, Joe's life unexpectedly takes a fall and his wife and children find themselves facing disaster.
The play explores how he manages to keep his family intact in the face of adversity bringing up possible questions of what qualifies one to be a good husband and the trials many go through.
Perhaps, the message the play conveys sat with patrons, considering the hardships the current economic situation and its attendant problems such as loss of jobs bring.
Although Husband Material 7 Yards is about loss and keeping hope alive among others, it still managed to give patrons good reasons to double up with laughter with some comic scenes.
According to playwright Uncle Ebo Whyte, the play is a true story about his life and the hardship he went through 30 years ago.
“Since it premiered, I have received feedback from patrons who could relate to various aspects of the play and I thank them for sharing with me. However, my heart goes out to people who are still going through their seasons of loss.
“To everyone going through a loss in any way, I'll say, hold onto hope and remember God always comes through for us. The challenge is waiting for His time. The end of the story is never in doubt, as children of God, we know it'll end in praise”, he said.
This year, Husband Material 7 Yards is Uncle Ebo and his Rovermans Production for the last quarter. It comes after I Slept With Your Wife and Take Me To the Moon. He Said, She Said, his third play which marked Uncle Ebo Whyte’s 50th production.