Indu Dharmasena’s hilarious comedy “Mr. Jekyll & Miss Hide” will go on the boards of the Lionel Wendt on January 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. The 17th show is presented by the Army Seva Vanitha Engineers Branch for the welfare projects planned for disabled soldiers.
“The best way for a man to disguise himself is to masquerade as a woman” says the popular movie director and script writer, Kiran Kalasooriya. His bosom buddy and producer, Sanath Karsigoda says that, “No man can impersonate a woman and get away with it” so Kiran takes a bet with Sanath for Rs. 100,000 that he can masquerade as a woman and interact with a person who knows him for at least one hour.
In walk Kiran’s cousin Latha Alwathura with her son Asanka, an aspiring actor, as Kiran exits and “Radha Tagor” enters. They tell the unsuspecting Latha and Asanka that Radha is a famous film producer from India who has come to Sri Lanka to co-produce Kiran’s next movie.
Unfortunately for Sanath and Kiran the fun is cut short when a renowned journalist, Veena Liyanasiri, arrives unannounced to get an exclusive interview with Kiran about his latest movie. Before Kiran can tell his cousin that Radha is actually him, Latha informs the journalist that Radha is a famous movie producer from India here to co-produce Kiran’s new movie. Determined not to ruin his own reputation Kiran has no choice but to continue masquerading as Radha. As one lie leads to another, Kiran finds himself in a rather compromising situation when his jealous fiancée, Karishma, arrives unexpectedly from abroad to surprise him.
Indu Dharmasena plays Kiran Kalasooriya who masquerades as Radha Tagor, while Abbasali Rozais plays the harassed Sanath Karsigoda. Anitra Perera brings to life the inquisitive Latha Alwathura. Her spoilt and dim-witted son Asanka is played by Wassam Ismail who won the Best Actor award at the Inter-School Shakespeare competition for his portrayal of Shylock. The competent journalist Veena Liyanasiri is played by Radiesha Daluwatte and the eccentric photographer Rupalal Chitradasa by Danu Innasithamby. Sanwada Dharmasena is the jealous fiancee.
Tickets are now available at the Lionel Wendt priced at Rs. 1000, Rs.800, Rs. 600 and Rs. 500 (reserved) and the Balcony Rs. 350 (unreserved).