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THE CHILLI BOY (article first published : 2004-03-11)

The Chilli Boy is a hilarious new South African play that has been a smash-hit at many arts festivals around the country. It will run at the Catalina Theatre from March 23 until April 11.

Written and conceived by Geraldine Naidoo and Matthew Ribbnick, the play has received critical acclaim and has proved to be popular with a diverse range of people from across the cultural spectrum.

The Chilli Boy is about an old Indian woman who dies and is reincarnated as a white gangster from Boksburg. At the age of 27, the gangster starts suffering flashbacks from his previous life as an Indian woman. Issues of gender, race and identity play havoc with the gangster’s mind – he starts wearing a sari, cooking curry and biryanis. He no longer wants to fight or brawl as his newly-discovered maternal instincts start determining his behaviour. His touch reputation is threatened by the resultant turmoil. A mixed “masala” of colourful scenes, peppered with weird and wacky characters, bring this fresh new play to life.

The play is performed by Matthew Ribnick and directed by Geraldine Naidoo.

Performances from March 3 to 7 nightly at 20h30 and Sunday at 18h00. More information or bookings on 031 305 6889.




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