Drama Chomi: the Artscape wildcard

Chomi: the Artscape wildcard

“I love dick and I love getting f*cked,” Thabang, one of four gay Jozi twentysomethings in Chomi tells the audience. “Do you have a problem with that? Then f*ck you.”

Yanga Mkonto and Sipho Mahlatshana perform in Chomi which follows the lives of four openly gay men. Photo: CuePix/Amanda Horsfield

Yanga Mkonto and Sipho
Mahlatshana perform in Chomi
which follows the lives of four
openly gay men.
Photo: CuePix/Amanda Horsfield

The declaration sums up this Artscape production aptly. Raunchy and defiant, it’s a play about gay people, for gay people: the dramatic equivalent of preaching to a choir from the Castro.

I really wanted to love this play. I certainly loved its sass, its energy – and, considering that homophobia reigns rampant across vast swathes of this country – its bravery. But although Chomi grapples with important themes (coming out, parental acceptance, relationships and friendship) this is not done in a way that’s fresh or new; familiar ground is being covered, and in wobbly steps.

Although the monologues each character delivers are often convincing, dialogues between the four “girls” (as they like to call themselves) often feels contrived; both the acting and the cheesy lines often resemble a hastily rehearsed soapie.

Gymnasium, today, 2.15pm and 6.30pm

 

Alexander Matthews

Cue specialist writer

 

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