The iconic ‘Chilli Boy’ returns to KZN

2012-04-12 00:00

IT’S the 10th anniversary of the iconic one-hander comedy, The Chilli Boy, which returns to Durban for a celebratory season, double billing with Monkey Nuts at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, from today until April 22.

Performed by Matthew Ribnick, Geraldine Naidoo’s smash-hit, The Chilli Boy, premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown a decade ago and has, since then, enjoyed numerous sell-out seasons in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and on London’s West End.

The play tells the story of an old Indian woman reincarnated as a white gangster from Boksburg. At the age of 30, the gangster starts suffering flashbacks from his previous life as an Indian woman.

He starts wearing a sari while cooking all sorts of delicious Indian meals, including curries and biryanis. He no longer wants to fight or brawl as his newly discovered maternal instincts start determining his behaviour. His tough reputation is threatened by the resultant turmoil.

The Chilli Boy can be seen from today until Sunday, and from April 19 to April 22 at 8 pm (6 pm on Sundays). Tickets are R120 on Friday and Saturday, and R60 on Thursday and Sunday.

Naidoo’s Monkey Nuts, winner of the prestigious Naledi Award for best comedy performance, will be staged at the Sneddon at 8 pm on April 17 and April 18.

The play is a clever mix of situational comedy, storytelling and hilarious (unforgettable) characters. It tells the story of Edgar Chambers, an odd bod obsessed with entering all sorts of competitions.

Edgar, a bank teller by profession, also has the unusual knack of sniffing out free stuff and special offers, but his main hobby is monitoring the prices of ­grocery items in various stores. So skilled is he that he can tell you the price of any grocery item, anywhere and at any given time.

Edgar’s only friend is a monkey that lives in the back of a pet shop but, as the story unfolds, audiences are spoilt with a bevy of brilliantly portrayed (hysterical) characters — all performed by Ribnick.

Tickets for Monkey Nuts are R60. Booking for both shows is with Computicket. Please note: Children under 12 are not ­allowed into The Chilli Boy, and no under 16s for Monkey Nuts.

— Arts Editor.

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