A text too far

By Adilah Ismail, Pix by J. Weerasekara

Ever dispatched a text message only to realize that you’ve sent it to the wrong person? Well, console yourself with the fact that, at least you hadn’t accidentally sent an SMS to everyone in your caller group, inviting them for an amorous getaway like Ram Kukulagala.

Who is Ram, you may as well ask? Ram is the sole perpetrator of the ensuing mayhem which transpires as a result of an accidental text message, in Indu Dharmasena’s latest comedy ‘Chaos by SMS’. Pandemonium ensues after an SMS meant for Ram’s latest love interest (Nelum), is instead (to his utter chagrin) sent to everyone in his ‘Little Black Book’ inviting them to spend a ‘dirty weekend’ at his estate bungalow. Ram manages to tell all, but three of his female friends that the amorous weekend is ‘off’. He then succeeds in persuading his good friend Pamela, to help him send back home any of the others, in case they choose to arrive at the clandestine rendezvous.

Indu and the cast

To his despair, all three women arrive and with the well meant efforts of Pamela and the housekeeper Gladys, the situation becomes more complicated as the play unfurls. The appearance of Rex Waligoda only succeeds in adding to the confusion. Is Rex in Ram’s ‘Little Black Book’? Is there an ulterior motive behind his surprise appearance? The hilarity and commotion which transpires will have to be seen to be enjoyed.

“Ram is a typical playboy bachelor,” laughs Indu Dharmasena, director and playwright who plays the part of Ram. As the SMS culture is an integral part of our lives, Ram’s humorous predicament is one that everyone can relate to. “It’s a situational comedy” he says, explaining that the audience can relax and enjoy themselves as they watch the result of this lighthearted comedy of errors.

“People want to come and have a laugh. This is the best tonic for the pre-election weekend,” adds Koluu, who takes on the role of Ram’s friend Pamela, the socialite who seeks refuge from society in Ram’s bungalow.

Angela Seneviratne, Krys Sosa and Sanjula Amaresekara play the parts of Sepalika, Manel and Nelum respectively. While Sanwada Dharmasena takes on the role of Gladys the housekeeper and Abbas Rozais plays the arrogant and aggressive Rex Waligoda, Danu Innasithamby oppears as Dr. Saththudasa.

Indu’s latest stage production “Chaos by SMS’ is presented by the Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan. The proceeds of the show will be utilized for the service projects of the club.

The production is sponsored by HSBC. Print media sponsors for the event are The Sunday Times & Daily Mirror while electronic media sponsors are YES FM & Channel One MTV.

The play goes on the boards on January 22 and 23 from 7.30 p.m. at the Lionel Wendt. Tickets can be obtained from the Wendt.

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