The Good Doctor

Review of play ‘The Good Doctor’ Watching a classic master’s play is like listening to a soul stirring melody, an experience that moulds the recipient’s sensibilities toward what is most basic and human. Neil Simon’s ‘The Good Doctor’, based upon Anton Chekhov’s short stories (Chekhov was trained as a doctor), is one such enthralling experience. Directed by Salim Ghouse, the play is an ensemble of six short pieces that entertain and ennoble with their directness and focus on human frailties, eccentricities and simpleminded wisdom. Human frailties The first piece, ‘Sneeze’ (based on ‘The Death of a Government Clerk’ by Chekhov), is a tragic-comedy of a small officer, Ivan (Salim Ghouse), who sits in a theatre gazing through the opera glass, “at the acme of bliss”, as Chekhov writes in the original story. What brings him down from bliss to ruin in a matter of two days is his loud sneeze that accidently spatters the bald head of a high ranking official from a...
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Rafta Rafta

Review of play Rafta Rafta. An overbearing father and mother from Punjab, and their band of relatives and friends go berserk on the son’s marriage, ignorantly strangulating the married couple’s own new, private life, to the extent that the latter can’t even…..consummate their marriage. Interesting facts and stories emerge out of closet from this absurd situation, that keep the audience glued to the proceedings in this Akvarious production. The trouble begins on the wedding day itself, when the father throws his wit and weight around, and picks up a fight with the son. The disagreements between the two however run much deeper. A week later, things do not change, and the news of dry chemistry between the two leaks out. It is then time to bring out the issues, stories, attachments and sentiments that define the Indian family. Is it mamma’s love and daddy’s affection that has spoiled the boy and the girl? Is it physiological? Will a man-to-man chat work? Is...
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Love on the brink

Review of play ‘Love on the brink’ published in Epic India Love on the brink is a tragi-comic play about three people and their quest for love, happiness and success in life. Overcoming adversities and trials to reach adulthood in varying degrees of material wealth and comfort, two school friends meet after a long gap at a sea promenade. Can love, with all its celebrated powers, breathe new life and change their prospects? Can it help a rich married couple survive divorce and live happily? These are some of the major questions of life and relationships explored in Primetime Theatre’s adaptation of Murray Schisgal’s script. Sudipto Bandopadhyay , orphaned in childhood and jobless for years, is about to take the plunge into the sea when his old school friend Pankaj Chopra , now a rich and successful stock broker, pulls him back. Fifteen years have changed their fortunes for better and worse, and they go on to share their childhood trauma...
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