Friday, 16 January, 2009

"Always look on the bright side of life"

Interesting name, isn't it? Well my first experience watching a play was so overwhelming that it is impossible for me not to write about it and so! Here I am, going to end my sabbatical.. ;)

My friend was so smitten by Evam's 'Five point someone' that every now and then we would 'plan' a great evening watching a play... And like all other great 'plans' of ours, it remained a 'plan'. Well, I suppose that's what plans are meant to be. ;)

Anyways, last week she sends us info about this new play by Evam, "Always look on the bright side of life". A few online searches and many interesting reviews later, 6 tickets were booked for the 14th of January, 2009. There, the first live professional play of our lives...! (Well, for most of us! :) )

The venue was RangaShankara, The troupe, Evam and on stage, a bunch of extremely talented actors and dancers.

Eventhough the play was due at 7.30, we reached the venue almost an hour and half early. One look at Rangashankara and boy, I was smitten. A great building, which is more of an artwork, welcomed us. Spiralling staircases, a beautifully laidback Cafe, an outlet of Sankar's and a vast hall exhibiting curios about the latest plays and their authors. My roomie was so inspired that she wanted to join the troupe then and there; And she could have been recruited for her 'historical drama histrionics' immediately, but they were not conducting any audtions. :( (Thank God! ;) )

Evam volunteers were everywhere - selling the Muchos brand (A corporate gift idea venture by an Evamite), making us play dartboard and throwing loops! We didn't have anything much to do for about an hour obviously, so we played and I got a smiley ball!! :) (Well, i.e. after an extremely 'enthusiastic' elderly gentleman was done with the arrow and the loops.. :) )

Little did we know that most Bangaloreans knew the following fact:
Start of play : 7.30
Stand in queue by : 6.30!

Merrily playing, we did see some people forming a long queue...
"What a long queue, isn't it!"
"Oh! poor guys, they won't get any tickets now would they?"
"No no... Lucky we came early.. smart, aint we...?"
"Yeah, yeah... I wonder where the entrance to the theatre is..."
"Do you think......"
"Oh my! thats the queue for the entrance!!!!!!!!!!!"
"Oops..Come come..... Lets join them.. Thank god..! The queue is short.. Just round that corner....
and that.....!
and that....?!!
whaaaaat the????!!!"

It seemed the queue was endless. Even in a movie theatre I haven't seen a longer queue. Anyways, once we were allowed inside, we did get a good seat unlike what we expected and very soon the play started.

3 pretty girls danced to the tune of a foot tapping song and suddenly, the 'cultural police' comes in!
"Hey hey hey! what the bloody hell is going on here...?? !"
(That was the only line he chanted during the whole play.. ;) )

And then 3 mavericks entered the stage. (Now I know one is KK, the other Sunil and the third.. Dunno! :( ) They were the main actors throughout and I must say, extremely witty and talented. No wonder they were nominated for the MTV youth Icon awards.

They discussed at length about what to stage (I loved the Drrrrrrrooooona part) and finally settled on Monty Python. And true to it, the play was full of tiny snippets of wacky situations from everyday life...

The best one was the Pope ("Poppy.." :))) ) and the flowery Michelangelo with his Last supper featuring 28 disciples, Kangaroos, a circus and 3 Christs!! The ones about the forgotten German musician, the abuse and argument departments et al were extremely hilarious.

Some of them were a bit boring though; for instance, the ruthless Principal and the grieving parent, the Murder mystery... But on the whole we thoroughly enjoyed all of those 76 minutes.

As Evam quotes, it was one hell of a funny wacky crazy comedy! :)