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The paper examines the play, Onions Make Us Cry by Nigerian playwright, Zainabu Jallo, in search of a dramaturgy that provides a suitable stylistic model for playwriting that is reflective of the Covid-19 pandemic. Globally, the pandemic was a totally new experience for most societies. The onset of the outbreak signaled an apocalypse. Soon, it altered potentially forever the way human society conducts itself, especially in terms of inter-personal interaction. The present study focuses primarily on aspects of the stylistic representation of the situation of the protagonist in Jallo’s play, Melinda Jindayi, looking at how the vehicle of language transmits her situation. This exploration aimed to uncover how Jallo’s style can be utilized in dramatic rendering of characters in the Covid-19 period. The study finds that Jallo’s stylistic psycho-graphic dramaturgy in Onions Make Us Cry richly arrests the frame of mind of individuals in a situation of extremis. Such a situation is characterized by angst, tension, and loss. Jallo’s rendering of it presents an alternative approach to playwriting that can be gleaned into in composing drama capable of projecting the new-normal that is Covid-19. Through a content analysis of the play, the paper concludes that Jallo’s play uses a stylistic approach that can be adapted to arrest the experience, especially in its stylization of isolation and loneliness.