All posts tagged: Play

Play Review: The Siddhus of Upper Juhu

So over the the weekend, I made my way to NCPA to watch the play ‘The Siddhus of Upper Juhu. Now, I have been wanting to watch this play for a while now but somehow haven’t gotten around to doing it. Anyway, I did this time. I booked the tickets through bookmyshow. The Place   NCPA is at Nariman Point which is a fabulous place. Parking can be a bit of an issue and the place gets crowded pretty quick so getting here early is recommended. Anyway, the theatre itself is pretty huge. The seats are divided into 5 rows from A to E. The rows A and E are at the extreme ends and are possibly the worst ones to pick. By the way, there’s pretty much no network inside, so phones are kind of useless which for a play, is a fabulous thing. The Play Right off the bat, let me tell you the play was refreshingly different. The play is about Bubbles (Rajit Kapoor) and Behroz (Shernaz Patel) who live in a …

Play Review: Bottoms Up

If you like Amul’s cleverly worded lines, you would’ve heard of Bharat Dabholkar. Well, if you haven’t, he’s the man behind the ads. The man wears many hats. Like fedoras, cowboys etc. Also, figuratively, he wears many hats, that of an adman, a theatre professional and he’s even dabbled in movies directing a few here and there. So when I read about his play ‘Bottoms Up’, my expectations were sky high. Turns out, the ticket prices, like my expectations, were sky high. I called up Fine Arts in Chembur and I believe he mentioned the highest ticket was about Rs.1500 and I wasn’t going to pay that amount unless they were going to show me unicorns and honest politicians. So I settled for a Rs. 500 ticket. I also gently persuaded two of my friends to come. We haven’t spoken since then, so that friendship might be over. The place Fine Arts in Chembur has a stall and balcony seating. After parking the car several kilometres away (there is no parking there), we got to …

Play Review: Unfaithfully Yours

The year is 1990. This year, Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 28 long years, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed due to the fear of it falling over and Pretty Woman is playing in cinemas. Closer home, food poisoning kills 450 people at an engagement party in UP and L K Advani is active in politics. It is also in this year that Akash (Rohit Roy) and Preet (Mona Singh) are married. But not to each other. They meet in a chance encounter and thus starts an affair. Akash and Preet decide to meet on the same date – 28th October- each year at the same resort in Goa. I assume they do not talk between these times as there are many mentions of the character’s fears that the other person won’t turn up. This first encounter is charged with sexual tension and lust. One of the most striking things about this play is that both the artists seem extremely comfortable in scenes requiring a certain degree of intimacy. Pecks on the …

Play Review: The Vagina Monologues

First off, let me apologise if your search term was ‘vagina’ and you ended up on this article. I am certain this is a downer for you. Sorry, couldn’t resist. Anyway, I watched The Vagina Monologues on Friday at the Canvas Laugh Club. The thing with going to Canvas Laugh Club is you expect anything to be staged or performed there to be funny. Much like the expectations you have from a man with big feet. Since I made a Rs.215 trek across town, I was 7 minutes late to this play and I missed a story. The Vagina Monologues has four monologists – people who talk to you directly without you being able to get in a word edgewise (husbands would know). The one I watched was in Hindi. The experience The version of the play I watched was performed by Mahabanoo Mody- Kotwal, Dolly Thakore, Dilnaz Irani and Priyanka Sethia. I was really excited because I had heard so much about this play. Penned by Eve Ensler and performed for the first time …