Date: 29th June 2014
Venue: Sirifort Auditorium
Play directed by Kaizad Kotwal & Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal
The Vagina Monologues is a play by the American playwright Eve Ensler that has been adapted in may languages and performed through various medium all over the world. It is a reading of monologues by various women artists. Each monologue describes some universal experience, happy or sad that women face in their daily lives (birth, love, rape etc.) all over the world .
The rendition in India has brought together a number of celebrity actors – Dolly Thakore, Sonali Sachdev, Avantika Akerkar, Jayati Bhatia and Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal – all known faces, who intermittently read (and enact) their lines mostly in English and a bit in Hindi. The themes being distinctly feminist, a woman may relate better to the incidents. However, in a stark contrast to the suggestive title, the play is way more than an adult comedy. Consequently the audience rides on an emotional roller coaster of laughter – to sombre – to tears along with the actors.
The play is being staged for more than ten years in various cities in India and the precision stands proof of the hard work that would have taken the team to come so far. However, may be due to over exposure, the rendition has become a tad mechanical. Consequently, we felt that the performance lacked a soul. Be that as it may, it qualifies as an enjoyable a must watch, even if for discussions sake, for all theatre lovers.