'Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive', could well be the theme of Indu Dharmasena's hilarious new play, which will go on the boards at the Lionel Wendt on May 16 and 17 at 7.30 p.m.
But since it's woven by that skilled playwright, all the tangled ends eventually tie up into a happy ending.
Titled 'For Better or For Worse', Indu's latest effort is about Pradeep, a smart young businessman who finds himself panicking after having inadvertently proposed to his girlfriend.
An avid gardener he had noticed that his neighbour's roses had been attacked by fungi and rushed out into his own garden to check his blooms. Relieved to find they hadn't been infected, when his girlfriend Sonara arrives, he joyfully holds out a rose. She however construes it as a romantic proposal from her boyfriend on bended knee and immediately accepts.
Pradeep rushes to his friend Mukesh, a writer cum dress designer (played by Indu himself).
While they are discussing how to handle the situation, the doorbell rings and since it could be his fiancée Sonara, Pradeep makes a quick exit.
Instead it's Pradeep's aunt Wilma with her daughter Sarala, who's visiting Mukesh to enlist his aid in convincing Pradeep to marry her daughter instead. It soon comes out that she has lost all her money on the "Golden Harvest" scheme, which is why she is keen to marry her daughter off to Pradeep. Since there doesn't seem to be any other way of getting rid of her, Mukesh tells her that Pradeep too has lost all his money in the "Golden Harvest" scheme. Meanwhile, an anonymous call made to Sonara's brother Ramesh, accusing his sister of stealing her friend Sarala's intended, brings him into the picture as well.
To get to the bottom of it all, don't miss 'For Better or For Worse' at the Wendt next weekend. Danu Innasithambi plays Pradeep, Abbasali Rozais is Ramesh and Michelle Herft portrays Sonara.
Established film and tele drama actress Sachini Ayendra makes her stage debut as Sarala, Pradeep's harassed cousin while her mother, the gossipy and forceful Aunty Wilma is played by Sanwada Dharmasena.
Tickets are priced at Rs. 800, Rs. 600, Rs. 400 and balcony Rs. 250. The show begins at 7.30 p.m and parking is available on a first come first serve basis at the Women's International.