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Play Review: Doubles, Triples and Quadruples

It’s quite late to review it now. Hindu has already done that and I agree to the review more or less. I had also read about this play in Leftit’s blog (an insti junior, an ex-hostel-mate and a friend) who had seen the play in Bang where it was peformed earlier. Well, but then they say it’s never too late and so goes the review.

The play was okay. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great. It was honest. Actors were good. You know what? This play was like Jaane tu ya Jaane na. There was nothing wrong or painful in it. But at the same time, there was nothing really powerful enough to have an impact. You see the sketches (there were like six to eight of them by the way), the play gets over, you come back home and then you say to yourself: yeah I watched a play and didn’t get bored but at the same time, I also do not remember much of what I just saw. Got the point?

But, but, but. What did have impact and things that I did remember were the fillers between the sketches. Every time a sketch or two got over and the set needed to be changed, an actor would come up on stage and start telling some experience from his or her life. I loved TMK’s and Shakila’s. What they talked about was hilarious and cute at the same time. In fact everyone else’s monologue about specific life experiences was good except Kalayani’s who was the only other actress in the play besides Shakila. Her’s was boring. Actually on a technical note, Kalyani’s voice coming through the speakers did not sound good in any of her sketches. It was too shrill for the ear.

What else, what else, what else? I guess that’s about it. I like talking more about the quality than the content. If there is anything else that deserves a mention then it’s the high percentage of original content.

Final comments: good effort at writing orginal sketches, good acting, costly tickets by Chennai standards, amazing marketing but definitely not a classic.

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