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2014: Theatre

A range of intense, women-oriented plays, many focusing on gender-based violence.

2014: Theatre
2014: Theatre

If the last few years have seen the rise of slice-of-life plays in various forms on the Indian stage, this year saw thespians respond to the air of despair with a range of intense, women-oriented plays, many focusing on gender-based violence. Meanwhile, if anyone still wonders whether theatre’s popularity in India is on the wane, a visit to any of the theatre festivals should be a reminder of the desi culture vulture’s continuing fascination with the ever-evolving theatrescape. Here are some of the popular, edgy house-full plays in a busy theatre year:

C Sharp C Blunt: An Indo-German production, solo performer M.D. Pallavi’s turn as a mobile app married two the­mes: constant presence of tec­hnology and stereotyping of women in entertainment world.

Trivial Disasters: Atul Kumar returned with a twisted, urban play based on Ajay Krishnan’s comic sketches. Plenty theatre of the absurd tricks, turning real-life situations upside down.

Boiled Beans on Toast: Girish Karnad’s thought-provoking Kannada play on Bangalore’s
transformation saw two stage adaptations: Mohit Takal­kar’s Marathi version and Lill­ete Dubey’s English one.

Happy Birthday Sunita: Shabana Azmi plays Tejpal in the Pravesh Kumar-directed play, in which she portrays a dedicated mother of two grown children in a foreign land.

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