Man vs. machine / US vs. the world – An NSD student production “Civilisation on trial” deals with such sensitive issues in an abstract but comic and entertaining way.
A women oriented play that has been translated in various languages and performed over the world. The professionalism makes this play worth watching.
An abstract but interesting play in Hindi, English, Bengali, French, written and enacted by Kalki Koechlin and directed by Manav Kaul. The theme is demystifying Tagore in contemporary times.
“The Straight Proposal” is a play about homosexual men –some closeted to their wives and children, some to their parents, their professional world, and their siblings. The story revolves around a school teacher and his lovers who are driven by the old forces of hunger for love and acceptance.
A part of Mahendra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) which is known to bring quality theatre to theatre lovers, “9 Parts of Desire” fell short of our expectations. Ira enacted the roles of several women who had faced the repercussions of the Iraq war.
Though puppet theater added variety to Bharat Rang Mahotsav, Taming of the Wild wasn’t very impressive as the focus was all on the looks of the puppets, not much on the storyline or execution. Puppet theater is not just for kids… It can communicate much more and to a wider gamut of audience.
Saudagar (Based on Brecht’s Exception and the Rule) failed to impress. The bad rich man vs the nice poor guy is a topic even Bollywood shunned a couple of decades back. We wonder why theater folks are still hanging on to these age old topics.