“DIRTY CHAI – a hip-hop bollywood musical”… The Foot I Use For Toe-Tapping Fell Asleep

By Ernest Kearney  —  Ruchi Kishore, creator and star of Dirty Chai – a hip-hop bollywood musical which recently played during the Hollywood Fringe Festival, has staged a rather flat, staggeringly uninspired girl meets girl romance that is strictly by the numbers.  In this case the numbers being “one-two-one-one-two-one-one-one- three-one.”

Chai (Kishore) is being pressured by her parents (Debra Sullivan and Asit Vyas) to enter into an arranged marriage with a nice Indian boy Sameer (Roshan Mathews.)

Escaping from them, Chai finds herself in the park where she comes across the striking Ronnie (Raquel Alexandra Woodruff) praying over a cardboard box with a dead pigeon in it.  Chai immediately falls in love with Ronnie completely unaware of the fact that she is Sameer’s sister! 

You can call it fate, you can call it serendipity, you can call it karma; I’m calling it incredibly derivative and formulaic writing.

With the exception of Falcon Sang as the hip-hopping Barista Joe there were no survivors. 

I did leave the theater, however, humming the tunes.  Unfortunately, the tunes were all from West Side Story.

No Medal awarded. 


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An award-winning L.A. playwright and rabble-rouser of note who has hoisted glasses with Orson Welles, been arrested on three continents and once beat up Charlie Manson. His first play, "Among the Vipers" was a semi-finalist in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition and was featured in the Carnegie-Mellon Showcase of New Plays. It was produced at the NPT Theater in Ashland, Oregon and Los Angeles’ celebrated Odyssey Ensemble Theatre. His following play, “The Little Boy Who Loved Monsters” was produced at The Hollywood Actors Theater, where he earned praise from the Los Angeles Times for his “…inordinately creative writing.” The play went on to numerous other productions including Berlin’s The Black Theatre under the direction of Rainer Fassbinder who wrote in his program notes of Kearney, “He is a skilled playwright, but more importantly he is a dangerous one.” Ernest Kearney has worked as literary manager or as dramaturge for among others The Hudson Theater Guild, Nova Diem and the Odyssey Ensemble Theatre, where he still serves on the play selection committee. He has been the recipient of two Dramalogue Awards and a finalist or semi-finalist, three times, in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. His work has been performed by Michael Dunn, Sandra Tsing Loh, Jack Colvin and Billy Bob Thornton, and to date, either as playwright or director, he has upwards of a hundred and thirty productions under his belt, including a few at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater as puppeteer. Kearney remains focused on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. His stage reviews and social essays can be found at TheTVolution.com and workingauthor.com. Follow him on Facebook.

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