Drama & Musical Plays List By Years @ BookMyShow

PLAYS OF
2011

Hindi/English/Marath

06 Jan, 2011

Dreams of Taleem is a play about theatre, about love, passion, longing, acceptance, and rejection. Anay, a young and ambitious theatre director is thrilled when Sita, an acclaimed but enigmatic actress agrees to work with him in his new play. Abandoned by most of his young colleagues, except for the adoring Yash, it`s a great opportunity to kick start his fledgling career. But when rehearsals begin nothing goes to plan. As Anay struggles to maintain his sanity, relationships turn tumultuous, the line between reality and fantasy is blurred, and our characters are forced to examine their beliefs and convictions in the mirror of the play.

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Hindi

09 Jan, 2011

Fed up with high prices in the supermarket? Frustrated by constant strikes? Frantic at rising train fares? Take the law into your hands! fast and Furious comic chaos - Dario Fo's 1974 farce is, quite literally, a riot!Can't Pay? Won't Pay! is a hilarious, sharply satirical take on individual responsibility and politics, challenging today's audience to abandon political cynicism and take to the streets. It depicts working class women who have rebelled against the cost of living by taking goods from a store without paying. The plot concerns their efforts to conceal their bold decisions from their men folk and the police who are - as often in Fo - blundering figures of fun. The play involves characters appearing and disappearing out of windows and doors - the kind of farcical business of which Fo is a master. We, at Dramanon have tried to adapt this play without having any reference to any place or time period such that the issue dealt in the play is contemporary in its setting and universal in its ideology.

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English

09 Jan, 2011

- The play looks at the arrival in South Africa of three Indian immigrants who decide to leave the grinding poverty and hopelessness of their native Calcutta and arrive in Natal to work on the sugar plantations. The plot unfolds as the story-teller - a monkey, with memories of previous human incarnations - types up his story on an old typewriter. His story unveils the life of Ramlall Kihari, an indentured labourer, who arrived in Durban in 1864. We follow Ramlal as he searches for identity, belonging and salvation against the backdrop of those pioneering colonial times.

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English

11 Jan, 2011

"Lazy People" is a comic caper that revolves around that most basic of human traits, Laziness. Set in the backdrop of a recession-ridden Bangalore, "Lazy People" is a story replete with entertaining characters like a self-professed bestselling author, a wildly unrealistic businessman, a rule-bending internal auditor and three partners of a criminal ring. The story takes a wildly hilarious turn when these characters come together by a quirk of fate. Bound together by a common thread of laziness, greed and stupidity, these characters decide to do challenge their first nature to do something extraordinary. Be there to witness the looniest caper to ever unfold on stage. Guaranteed to tickle your funny bone and lazy bone. Stay Hungry, Stay Lazy!

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English

11 Jan, 2011

Sammy is the dramatic story of Mahatma Gandhi, told by an ensemble of actors. Led by a lively debate between Mohandas, the man, and the irrepressible Mahatma in him, the play highlights Gandhi's relationships and how he changed everyone he touched. It traces the transformation of the young Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from a naive, tongue-tied lawyer into a statesman and finally a Mahatma, and recounts his story from his earliest days in South Africa, to his final assassination.

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Hindi

13 Jan, 2011

Sutradhar presents Theo Lesoualchs DRAMATIC SPACE, Devised and Performed by Yashodhara Dasgupta and team. It reflects upon the vagaries of being a theater actor. Bangalore based Veena Basavarajaiah performs her own choreography MAYA - Beyondthe illusion of time and perception, and SITA - A Movement monologue.

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English

14 Jan, 2011

Based on the award-winning smash Broadway hit Luv by Murray Schisgal, Love on the Brink is a satirical and comic tale about love and the pursuit of happiness. The story revolves around three people who meet unexpectedly one night at the edge of the sea front. Bandy is an existentialist intellectual who has sunk so low that he has no future except to jump into the sea. But Pankaj Chopra intervenes. Chopra, a picture of prosperity, is sympathetic and then confesses that he too is frustrated because his wife wont divorce him so he can marry the woman he loves. Just then Chopras wife Amu arrives and a triangle of the absurd ensues. The more their woes increase, the more we laugh, as we recognise our own lives in their incisively observed and funny misadventures.

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Hindi

14 Jan, 2011

Sutradhar presents SONATA, a play by Mahesh Elkunchwar. The story happens on a Sunday evening in the lives ofthree former college friends - fiercely independent and single-by-choice women. Sonata articulates their relationships, ideals, aims, psychology and sexuality, the love and bonding the three share despite all their differences. The play explores loneliness in a big city, the women`s need to return to their hometown and the way they cling to each other for companionship.

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English

15 Jan, 2011

A womans skull buried deep down in the dark pages of history. A secret investigation leads us to the first ever murder committed in cold blood in a jungle kingdom called Quietly. The skull is Zashas, the wife of Soola, who kills her for greed, in his blind pursuit of wealth, status and power. He kills her because in her head is hidden a secret hymn which can guide one to the kings secret chamber, filled with treasure. His pursuance of his ambition to replace the king of Quietly makes defunct the law of the land that one can kill but only for hunger. What follows is a hilariously dark trial, where Soola makes a mockery of the entire system and proves himself innocent in the eyes of the people and the king of Quietly. As soon as Soola is free, he assassinates the king. Then rise to the occasion, the Protectors of Quietly, to haunt him for his sins. A bloody battle ensues between Soolas black army and the protectors of Quietly, where Soola his captured in his effort to regain possession of Zashas skull. He is imprisoned and then tortured for days before he miraculously escapes and manages to enter the secret chamber of the slain king. The chief of the Protectors of Quietly then silently surrenders to the idea that maybe Soola is destined to be the next king. Instead of waging a war in the defence of the honour of Quietly, he decides to negotiate for his share of the loot.

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English

16 Jan, 2011

Ayesha and Dave are a successful married couple whose children are grown up and out of the house. The peace and solitude they enjoy, however, abruptly changes when Ayesha invites her recently widowed mother-in-law, Ingrid, to move in with them. In a classic case of one-upmanship common amongst in-laws, Ingrid immediately phones Sylvia, Ayeshas mother, to tell her the good news. Not to be out maneuvered, Sylvia masterfully applies the guilt routine with Dave, and before you know it, both mothers-in-law have packed their belongings and moved in with their now beleaguered children. The first act regales the audience with the problems that ensue once the widows stake their claim to the newly combined household. The second act reveals what happens when the former enemies find their common ground and become every parent`s worst nightmare, but with a twist: instead of their children running wild and carousing late into the night, it`s their mothers who are behaving badly. Or are they just being themselves?

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Hindi

19 Jan, 2011

English

22 Jan, 2011

Dinner with Friends is a Pulitzer winning play about four friends.Two married couples. Both couples at different ages and stages of their lives.You shall witness the effects of the breakup of one couple on the other, who first feel compelled to choose sides, and then begin to question the strength of their own seemingly tranquil marriage.

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Hindi

24 Jan, 2011

Two typists in Connaught Place, Delhi, grow old together while typing addresses on postcards. Theirwindow to the worldis, literally, a window that looks out into Connaught Place. They stand at the window, disparage the world, and reassure themselves that their lives carry more meaning thanthose of people outside. Over thirty years, they manufacture games, re-enact the Mahabharat,try their hand at poetry, stage a play of their own, and pontificate on political matters. The playdescribes an eight-hour working day in their lives - hence the title - which coincides with the passage of thirty years. Aath Ghante was inspired by Murray Schisgal`s Typists..

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Hindi

24 Jan, 2011

Hindi

24 Jan, 2011

Chainpur Ki Dastaan is based on Nikolai Gogol`s "Inspector General". The play is taken up from the original and showcases a comedy of errors, portraying human greed, stupidity, and the deep corruption of powers. The dream-like scenes of the play, often mirroring each other, whirl in the endless vertigo of self-deception around the main character, who personifies irresponsibility, light-mindedness and absence of measure.

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Hindi

24 Jan, 2011

It is a social and political satirical comedy dedicated to the unity of India. It is a story based on the overall condition and situation in our country related to politics, administration, jurisdiction, corruption, poverty, tradition, democracy and the media. All these aspects are connected by the writer symbolically.

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Hindi

24 Jan, 2011

The first story WAAPASI, (written by Hari Prakash) revolves mainly around three characters: Rajeev, his mother, and his father (an Indian Railways employee). After a life-long career as a babu with the Railways, on retirement, the father and the mother do the normal thing. They pack up and go to Delhi where four of their sons and a daughter, and daughter-in-laws and grand-children, live in a big house. But they move into a different class and cultural milieu; the sons have grown into professionals, academics. They get a room to themselves in the house, and all the comforts, but that`s all. The patriarchal pride, faced with lack of attention and isolation, causes skirmishes between father andmother, especially with father getting back to his old habit of drinking. Evenings become resentful and loud; until it becomes unbearable to everyone of the progeny, and they are told they could not live there like that. The parents go away; the father tries and gets a re-posting as a station-master on a small, branch-line station. Months go by; and then Rajeev comes to visit his parents during the winter holidays. A blissful re-union ; as if nothing has happened. The joys of small gifts for the father and the mother merge with the serenity of the countryside landscape and clean air, creating goose-pimples and eyes full of moisture for Rajeev. But come the evening, the bottle, and the patriarchal pride bursts out. Pent-up anger finds its outlet. Loud shouts exchanged. Rajeev resents, cuts short his visit, and takes the early morning train to go back, buying his train ticket from the bewildered babu, his father. As the train moves, leaving his father and mother behind, he wonders if had not made yet another mistake by going away like that. The second story KHEL (written by Sanjay Sahay) is about a small time businessman who is forced to spend couple of hours on a railway platform as the train he is supposed to board is indefinitely late. To pass the time he starts a game (Khel), ending of this game is the one which he had also not expected.

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25 Jan, 2011

Anokhe Vastra is an energetic, hilarious retelling of the classic tale of an Emperor with a passion for fashion. Based on the children`s tale The Emperor New Clothes; the play uses large masks and colourful costumes, lively musical score with dialogues in simple Hindi. The story is as valid today as it was when it was first written almost 150 years ago. In popular culture, the phrase `Emperor`s new clothes` has become a standard metaphor for anything that smacks of pretentiousness, social hypocrisy, collective denial or hollow ostentatiousness. Only the pure in heart - represented here by a child - can see through the naked truth. The story invests one with the courage to speak the truth no matter who the recipient at the other end is.

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Hindi

25 Jan, 2011

The play runs three parallel stories. The first... Woven around the idea of domestication is about our tendency to put a horse-shoe on a wild beast to make him a domestic mount. A couple in domesticity, traversing through time as the horse show gets tighter and tighter around their feet. The second..Two people choosing to exist separately. They sit in the audience, separately. And from sitting separately, they move towards life separately.The third. Three blind people in endless wait. They weave stories. And search for a sighted leader to come along.

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