Chekhov, "The Vaudevilles"Play - Chekhov, "The Vaudevilles" [based on short stories written by Anton Chekhov] Language - English [Comedy] Duration - 1hr 30mins
Direction - Raj Upadhyay
There is a life in the most mundane pluralities of life and most of us fail to notice it. There is a beauty in the most ordinary characters around us and there is a lot of complexity in the simply peculiar humans in our society. The mastery over these adequacies in writing is difficult to be achieved. In plain words, a writer has to be Anton Chekhov to give you the most trivial and even complex characteristics of humans around us in the most plain and lucid terms.
The stories which are going to be put into your face today and then they’ll churn up in your heads and then create a blow storm up there; we’ll do it; just because they are honest dramatizations of Anton Chekhov short-stories. The movement of life would be thrown to you.
Theme or the ground of all the plays chosen and enacted is the hold of decadent government on the society. As we know Chekhov wrote when Russia was a hot mess, politically and economically. Socialism at his time was at its peak and the times have been reflected faithfully in the play. But mind you, the plays here would be as contemporary as your clothes.
GodPlay - GOD Playwright - Woody Allen Language - English [comedy] Duration - 1hr 30mins
Direction - Raj Upadhyay
The story line in Woody Allen's GOD is twisted and turned. It comes close to utter absurdity as ancient Greek masters have to argue with Delhi's evening theatre visitors in a plot that seems to be falling into pieces every time Allen introduces a new character, who seems to have no relation with the characters which have already appeared. God is a reflection of the bizarre reality that life is. The scenes incorporated in God are in different periods and different locations. The jumps between the scenes are not guided by the play's events, but they are illogical jumps between different worlds, which can occur in every human mind, because of how familiar they are. God is a mere amalgamation of random ideas. However clichéd the worlds may be, Allen knits them together so well that his grip on the story seems perfect. As a result, the places and people in Allen's God each acquire an inner meaning themselves, to which the audience can relate. Whether it is the absurdity of the God – machine or Zeus, whether it is the boredom or the sex deprivation amongst the actors sitting in the hall or whether it is the final, desperate cries from the protagonist as he realize he cannot control his fate, they all present the audience with a concept to deal with. The play revolves around a group of actors who are going to present a play but they don't have a proper beginning and ending. In the process of debating and philosophizing about what the ideal ending should be, they are shocked to realize that are actually playing a part in a play written by someone else. The play raises some interesting philosophical questions: Is it the playwright who decides what each of his actors are to say and do, the de-facto 'God' of the play? If so, and if the world is a stage, then is 'God' a mere playwright? And as the playwright is happy or desolate with how his players are performing?
Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai NaPlay – Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai Na Language – Hindi Duration –1hr 10mins
Direction – Raj Upadhyay
Two young lovers Raghav and Jhanvi, meet by chance at a party. Both of them without knowing who anything about each other fall in love. As it turns out, both of them belong to rival families and their fathers and brothers are sworn enemies both of political battlefield as well as on a personal level. Will these love struck lovers find a happy ending or wil history repeat itself, and claim 2 more lives? The play is a modern day Indian Adaption of Shakespeare’s epic love story Romeo and Juliet.