Crony Gamers are so good at cracking genial jokes and amusing anecdotes in a mode that feels improvisational, that one could be forgiven for questioning, the place is that this all going?
‘The place is the lie?’ is all about hyperbole and storytelling which the Gamers are superb at.
However that begs the query when one needs to know if there’s a theme to their comedy? A primary storyline? Or is that this play extra like an impressionist portray, stunning, colourful, however blurred in its expression of something particular.
The truth is, in Act I, a bunch of buddies are guided by Jakss (Moses Gathecha) to a brand new restaurant opened by Mercy (Mercy Makena) and her good friend Shilah (Tasha Wanjiru).
A lot of the jovial chatter the lads share pertains to meals and the best way their wives, particularly Ayub’s (Victor Nyaata) spouse is aware of make scrumptious chapati.
However there’s one other batch of girls that they talk about. They’re those who make and promote low cost however candy meals within the open air.
They work in kibandas (open air eateries) and serve males like Kagari (Humphrey Maina) who remains to be single and has no complaints in regards to the girls’s meals.
Quite the opposite, he seems to be glad to be consuming the kibanda mama’s ugali, and is in no hurry to discover a spouse.
However herein we discover the nugget of the play. It pertains to matrimony and the folly of following buddies’ recommendation relating to discovering a partner.
However recommendation is precisely what the gang of 4 insist on giving to their good friend Kagari. Kagari lives humbly along with his mom, and apparently doesn’t really feel inclined to alter that scenario.
However Kwach, Ayub, Elisha, and Jakss all really feel it’s time for him to get transferring along with his life and be a part of them of their marital distress.
Act 2 is all in regards to the proposal which the 4 put him as much as. One can see Kagari is scared to demise of doing the deed of getting married.
However they even write up the four-word proposal with every man carrying a pink piece of paper that reads one of many 4 phrases: WILL YOU MARRY ME?
It practically turns into a scuffle to get Kagari to play his half and ask Mercy, the woman with the brand new restaurant, to marry him. He’s so scared of what his buddies demand that he try this he’s on the verge of tears.
However they don’t care. They virtually pin him all the way down to bended knees, so that when she arrives, she will be able to see their paper proposal and listen to him say the identical.
So, by that point, he’s resigned to doing as his buddies say, particularly as they’ve even purchased him a hoop to provide to her!
However by Act 3 after we meet Kagari and Mercy and their model new child boy, we see a conflict zone within the making.
They’re in a shouting match whereby each argument feels as if psychological bullets are flying, every one stuffed with scorching toxic fuel.
One can see their grievances will not be new and never simply resolved. However the tensions are relaxed a bit as soon as the gang of brothers present up one after the opposite.
There is no such thing as a point out of COVID, however Kagari doesn’t give his buddies a selection as soon as they stroll within the door.
He’s bought big plastic rubbish luggage sliced open for a head and two arms to come out of the bag as quickly as he pulls the bag over their heads and down their backs.
Who knew Kagari would turn out to be a hypochondriac as soon as he bought his personal child?
However that’s not half of it. Who knew that each Kagari and Mercy could be so vulnerable to the previous notion of ‘don’t present your soiled linen in public’ that they might completely reverse their emotional battle in a flash.
Then they’d current a superbly glad household dwelling scene for his or her 4 buddies who present up unexpectedly after fairly a while.
However their unstated truce can’t final lengthy. Mercy by accident spills juice on Kagari’s again and the man exploded in the identical approach he did when she spilt scorching tea on him on that fateful day once they first met.
Now that the fellows are there to see the spectacle of marital distress, Mercy lastly makes her transfer and storms out the door, and the play ends.
So, we see there was a technique to Crony’s maddening meanderings. It was Don’t be swayed by peer strain into doing what doesn’t come naturally to you.