Of dinners, idiots and laughter.

I had the fortune of going to the National Library Auditorium to see the new play that is running these days called “Dinner with an Idiot”. I don’t claim to be a huge play buff and the only reason I “did” go was because a college fellow was acting in it and we were all invited. But I suppose change is great. At times that is. It was an amazing play.

I thought that I would write a proper review on the play but then I read the handout and it had a summary of the play and one has to see it to enjoy it fully so I took the liberty of “copy/paste” typing the handout summary =D :-

“Inspired by the well known French comedy Le diner de cons (dinner of idiots) known as The Dinner Game, is a theatrical comedy which has been praised by viewers all over the world.

Hassan is a bored, arrogant music producer who livens up his upper class existence by attending “idiot dinners” hosted by his friends. For these evening parties, each attendee is required to bring along a guest who embodies some aspect of human stupidity. The oblivious idiots, not understanding that they are the butt of a private joke, are flattered, and their sponsors enjoy the competition of trying to outdo each other by bringing the dimmest bulb in the lot.

Then, one day, Hassan meets Ashraf, a self promoting talkative person who wants to become a singer. In Ashraf, Hassan believes he has found the perfect idiot for th enext dinner. Unfortunately, on the night of the event, Hassan throws out his back and is unable to attend. His newfound friend, however, insists on staying around to “help” him, resulting in a series of mini disasters that leave Hassan’s comfortable life in ruins. Call it the idiots revenge.”


I specially loved a few characters which were brilliantly presented. The Doctor, the Tax officer, the self proclaimed singer. All was done with ease. Not to mention it was a flawless performance with everything in the right place. Except for say 2% of the play, the rest was fast moving and totally not boring with good jokes that would make you laugh.


The slogan of the play was ” The play will end, but your laughter won’t” . And even now I’m laughing at a few scenes which in my view were very well presented and actually funny.


This was just a brief overview so that all you can go and watch it because I think everyone should go, buy a ticket and go see the play because as mentioned by the Director at the end, economic crisis and political crisis are major factors because of which sponsors don’t invest in such activities. Channel 7 did and they were rightly thanked.

Much Recommended :)

Oh and the play is in URDU :). Which makes it funnier because you can actually relate to the jokes.

6 Comments so far

  1. furquanatique on March 28th, 2009 @ 10:43 am

    Maaaan… its fantastic how so many plays are going from idea to application. These guys and girls are at the center of talent in Islamabad. This city is soon to become the platform for the evolution of theater in Pakistan! I can sense it!

  2. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on March 30th, 2009 @ 9:17 am

    I wana see it too =( Why didnt ye ‘movied’ it all and uploaded on youtube?

    Ok, just kidding … nice write-up :)

    And I’m glad that such dramas are presented in urdu as well … larger audience can get the flavor like that IMO.

  3. hashriani on March 30th, 2009 @ 9:20 am

    I DID movie some part of this REALLY gay performance in the start =p

  4. abrarism on March 31st, 2009 @ 11:22 pm

    what are the timings and how much is the $$$$$$$$$$ticket :)

  5. hashriani on March 31st, 2009 @ 11:25 pm

    The show started at 8 and the ticket is for 499 i.e 500 rs. Psychological pricing but that’s something we learn in class..

    I think it’s worth every penny you spend :)

  6. emran on April 2nd, 2009 @ 12:27 am

    I saw that last night, It was awesome play. Quite changed from the original concept at the end. If you want to see another version of it in Hindi, see Bhaija Fry. You will love it. The performance was lovely. Like the guy Janjua, though he was copying a Lahori stage actor ( Dont know the name) But he was good. I like the performance of Yazzzi in the start. He has a good voice. He acted in the play too. Good show Yazzzi. Everything was good. I am planning to go again to get some pictures. may be tomorrow.

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