Experimentation. Entertainment. Instilled with energy. The third phase of Short and Sweet, organised by Shoelace Productions was a complete stunner. Not the conventional words to use in a play review maybe. But these are thoughts that came to mind as the festival draws to a close.
Held at Epicenter in Gurgoan, these set of ten plays rocked, as festival director Deepak Dhamija made sure that festival-cum-competition sailed through smoothly.
Unbelievably funny, Dickheads (offended anybody?) was my personal favourite, which was dished out as a surprise. Written by Ashwath Bhatt and directed by Vivek Shrivastava, this play is about the lives of two street children who eventually become superstars. The story is simple yet compelling, with splendid performances. While 2922, written and directed by Arnav Nanduri and Pranay Manchanda, gets audience attention through a musical journey laced with humour.
Who’s the Boss makes you laugh all through, with a secretary sitting on her boss, caught in an uncomfortable situation, being tied together. The lesser said about Nine types of Ice the better.
Designed and directed by Himanshu Mehta, Chup was more compelling.
So was Chairpersons, written and directed by Rajiv Rajaram. It is a political satire, which encapsulates the contemporary Indian political scenario, comparing power dynamics to a game of musical chairs.
Smart and slick writing, executed by amazing performances by Rajaram Sandeep John and Nikhil Sriram make this play a treat for theatre lovers.
Solitary Creeper, which captures Delhi life as people bump into each other during metro rides was a fun watch. Arvind Gaur’s Khol Do was a compelling watch too with some actors making a lasting impact which includes Shilpi Marwaha and Gaurav Mishra. The evil effects of smoking was nothing more than a over-dramatic monologue. But even A Different Client directed by Vivek Mansukhani, experiments with a different concept complimented by a powerful performance by Mansukhani.
After these three rounds, the list of ten plays who have made it to the finale of Short and Sweet, to be held this Friday at Kamani, was announced which includes – 2922, Chairpersons, Dickheads and A Different Client from this round. While from the earlier two rounds, plays which have made it include the superbly humorous Lyra directed and written by Aishwarya Jha Mathur, the amazingly directed The sum of your experiences with the stunning performance of Damandeep Sidhu, well conceptualised and executed Unit Test, superbly performed Between Romeo and Juliet, interestingly executed Gandhi, Chaplin and Salt and Juhi Goel’s fabulous Dhalti Shamein.
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