Treat for theatre lovers
Comedy of Terrors is all about ‘confusion within confusion’. It is an adaptation of Dario Fo’s one of the best plays. Directed by S P Singh and written by Ajay Shukla, the act was staged at Shri Ram Centre on May 31.
The story of the play revolves around <g data-gr-id="53">industralist</g> Mr. Bidla, who due to some confusion meets an accident. Mr. Bidla had to undergo as plastic surgery as his face gets damaged in the accident. But again due to some confusion his face turns to look alike one of his employees ‘Shaligram’. His wife, Savitri, takes him home thinking him as her beloved husband. Meanwhile, real Shaligram also returns home. It creates <g data-gr-id="58">a <g data-gr-id="57">utterly</g></g> confusion.
“The play is one of the best works of Dario Fo and we always try to present something new along with our existing popular plays. We found this play unique with a new idea of <g data-gr-id="49">changeover</g>. This play was a big challenge for the director as well as the actors.” said one of the actor.
“The play is written so beautifully that there is hardly any scope for even thinking of any change in it. However, if I have <g data-gr-id="48">to, than</g> I would like to show some shades of the character of the ‘Industrialist <g data-gr-id="42">Bidla</g>’. Perhaps it would have given a better picture of the conflict between the protagonist and <g data-gr-id="46">Bidla</g>,” said the director.
The next play staged was Taj Mahal ka Tender. What would have been the fate of Shahjahan’s Taj Mahal had the emperor lived in the present times? Taj Mahal Ka Tender narrated how, if the Taj Mahal were to be built today, the bureaucratic machinery would never let it build. The play written by Ajay Shukla and directed by SP Singh Senger is a hilarious burlesque. It also looks at how corruption at every level of governance would make it difficult, even impossible, to execute something of this kind.
The persistent Shahjahan, in no <g data-gr-id="52">mood</g> to accept excuses for delays, and sends the somnolent Government construction department into <g data-gr-id="51">tizzy</g>. The engineers and overseers get down to business to fulfill <g data-gr-id="44">emperors</g> <g data-gr-id="50">wish,</g> as if they really could. An outbreak of activities ensues but in a typical <g data-gr-id="45">sarkari</g> manner.
Tenders are issued. Contractors are hired. But, does the project see <g data-gr-id="55">light</g> of the day? Or, does the mogul emperor, <g data-gr-id="43">fast forwarded</g> in time, become a victim of the system himself? Whatever may happen to the wonder tomb, but it was a lofty laughter <g data-gr-id="54">castles</g> as the curtains came down of Taj Mahal ka Tender.