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Baxter Theatre: The Chilli Boy

2007-11-21 08:44
What it’s about:

The Chilli Boy is an extraordinary comedy about a white gangster called Troy who was an old Indian woman in his previous life. Reincarnated as a 30-year-old Boksburg white gangster, he earns respect in his new neighbourhood through house break-ins and a few fist fights. But his hard-earned, tough gangster title is soon threatened when flashbacks from his previous life start haunting him. Wrapped in saris he starts acting more and more like an anxious housewife, cooking curries and breyanis and even opening a spaza shop to sell his mouth-watering Indian delicacies. The Chilli Boy runs at the Baxter theatre every night at 20:15 from October 30 to December 1.

What we thought of it:

Actor Matthew Ribnick and director Geraldine Naidoos smash-hit play finally comes to the Mother City! Yes, the rumours are true. Within just five minutes into the play this wacky character already had us in stitches with his accurate depiction of a toothless and superstitious Indian granny. And the Indian lady is not the only person he mimics. He snaps back and forth between characters, taking on their mannerism and accents with such ease that we never doubt for a second that he is who he portrays.

Matthew and Geraldine, also known for their acclaimed work in Hoot (the story of a mlungu taxi driver), have really outdone themselves. In just one hour The Chilli Boy cleverly deals with issues of cultural identity and racial difference sprinkled with side-splitting moments that will bring tears of laughter! The play has something for both the young and old, and people of all races and cultures. It’s likely to keep making waves in theatre for many years to come.

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-Tiisetso Tlelima


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