Badal Sircar, the renowned playwright wrote in Bangla. However, his works transcend linguistic boundaries and have enormous human appeal. The Hindi play Ballabhpur ki Roopkatha is translated from Sarkar’s Bengali comedy Ballabhpurer Roopkatha and has been enacted by various theatre groups. Alongwith the comedy, the intelligent plot and the artistic visualization makes it a hit with audience anywhere. Ballabhpur ki Roopkatha was recently staged at India Habitat Centre. This was directed by Sunil Rawat and we recently went to see this presentation.
Verbum, The English Dramatics Society, Sri Venkateswara College recently staged the English play – Speed the Plow at LTG Theatre. The play gathered momentum and left the audience with some pertinent questions about life and things. They help in gaining respect for amateur theatre groups who are otherwise not taken seriously. With more exposure, such groups would make a place for themselves.
A forgettable play that attempts to ride solely on the physical appeal of Kashmira Shah. Audience deserves better and we would not recommend this play even if the tickets are distributed free of cost.
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.