Heartstring’s production of “Fox among Goats” was so funny that the members of the cast could not hide the fact that they themselves were dying of laughter while on stage.
The play tells the story of a twisted revenge plot by a woman (Cindy Kahuha) and her husband (Paul Ogola) against an ex-lover (Victor Nyaata) who had mistreated her.
Kahuha pretends that she is running away from an abusive husband. She gatecrashes the honeymoon of her ex-boyfriend for protection. This drives Nyaata wild because if his wife (Mackrine Andala) saw her, she would misread the situation as Nyaata cheating on her again.
The shenanigans that are required to hide the fake fugitive reach outlandish levels. For instance, Nyaata’s friend, played by the ever-hilarious Cyprian Osoro, leaves the hotel to steal clothes to aid Kahuha’s escape. On his return, he has to ask for her whereabouts without disclosing the situation to their wives.
What Osoro does is pretend he was outside in the rain reading Jackson Biko’s “Drunk”, which he says begins with a poem. The alleged poem is in fact a parody of Julius Malema’s popular “Mama” speech during the late Winnie Mandela’s funeral. The audience recites the speech along with him in between fits of laughter.
Eventually, he and the audience say “Mama, give us a signal Mama” as a cryptic plea to Nyaata to tell them where Kahuha is hiding. He replies, “Mama, under di bar,” a parody of the Nigerian football fan’s “over di bar” chant during their World Cup match against Croatia.
The plot was well-woven and I enjoyed the fact that the cast kept the audience in suspense as regards the secret revenge plot. Even the women in the cast had more crucial roles this time. I especially enjoyed the fact that Kahuha masterminded the genius plot to make Nyaata responsible for mistreating her and other women in the past. But there is room for improvement.
For instance, I was a fan of the most serious section in the play where the cast was discussing the various corruption scandals plaguing Kenya (or, as they more aptly, called it, Scandal-navia).
But I wished the women had been on stage during that discussion and not in the kitchen cooking. In terms of comedy, however, this show more than delivered.