CHENNAI: You know that it’s going to be a ‘hot’ show when organisers plan to stage it outdoors in the midst of a Chennai summer. Moksh Creations’ latest laugh riot Fourplay features a bunch of dysfunctional couples — who love their sexual innuendos as much as they do their Bollywood moves. And between a mini item number, lessons on how green tea can make a great stimulant and a gun-confrontation, Saturday night at Phoenix MarketCity was anything but dull.
Written and directed by Vandana Sajnani who is known for her ROFL productions — the play centers around two couples. An older couple Raj and Pooja whose marriage has borne the testament of time and their younger, more hot-blooded best friends, casanova Bobby Bhushan Chawla aka BBC and his hot-for-her-yoga instructor wife. Incidentally the four are tied to one another, of all things, courtesy a ‘children’s publishing house’ that the husbands co-run.
Throw in a Thai maid called Chillie and a seemingly gay interior decorator who are having a secret fling on the sidelines, as well as a hot wannabe writer who goes by the name Horny (Honey) Bannerjee... and chaotic one-night stand plans may be putting it mildly.
BBC wants Honey, who likes to pronounce her name Horny. His ‘jaanu’ wants her yoga instructor Hari Pal Singh who gives her a love letter, found by Raj who mistakes it for being sent to his wife Pooja by their interior designer Jo. Jo wants his Thai flame Chilly, but is more than willing to get lucky with both Pooja and Chilly as the opportunity presents itself.
And somehow, everybody has their eye on the same bedroom — which thankfully for the audience doesn’t get any action despite all the scandalous suggestions. Between a smattering of Kung fu, chaos and one-liners that had the crowd in splits, the evening was plenty funny and a super stressbuster for the weekend. We’ll forgive that it dragged a bit at the end and the dialogue delivery got a bit screechy in portions.
In the end, everyone on stage went home with their own partners. And those married in real life in the audience got to go home, with a comic forecast of just how messy it can get should going astray ever be a thought.
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