Danish Husain brings Ira Lewis’ play Chinese Coffee to Indian theater enthusiasts with a desi punch. Husain’s adaptation of the play is an honest take on human relationships and the flimsiness that surrounds them. The play opens with Harry (Vrajesh Hirjee), an unsuccessful writer storming into Yakub’s (Husain), an equally unsuccessful photographer, demanding back the money he owes him, which eventually leads to an ugly spat between the two. The argument heats up and the tension between the two come to the surface, revealing how hollow their relationship is.
As Yakub and Harry reflect on their past, all they can do is fling mud at each other, leaving them and the audiences thinking whether the two were friends at all. The play requires an intense performance that slips in and out of sarcasm, humor, mimicry and anger with surprising speed, and both Husain and especially Hirjee manage to live up to it.
Director & Writer: Danish Husain