Theatre

Review of “Balle Balle” a spectacular musical about a “big fat Indian wedding”, has been showing at Rang Mandir

 Review by Manju Sampat  “Balle Balle” a spectacular musical about a “big fat Indian wedding”, has been showing at Rang Mandir, off Bandra’s Linking Road, since November 10th. It is currently slated to run till the end of the month. Hopefully it will be extended for many months to come, as it is a fantastic show! This stunning musical has been produced …

Review of “The Threepenny Opera” performed over the weekend at St. Andrews auditorium by the Motley theatre group.

by Manju Sampat  Directed by Imaad Shah, “The Threepenny Opera”, is the last of Aadyam’s plays, for its third season. This musical was performed over the weekend at St. Andrews auditorium by the Motley theatre group. Set in the late nineteenth century, “The Threepenny Opera”, is a musical written by Bertolt Brecht and Elizabeth Hauptmann, and is based on John …

Review of “Salaam, Noni Appa” Lillette Dubey’s new play

By Manju Sampat This weekend saw the opening shows of famed director Lillette Dubey’s new play, “Salaam, Noni Appa”, at the Tata theatre and at St. Andrew’s auditorium. Adhir Bhat has adapted the script of this play from Twinkle Khanna’s short story of the same name, which is part of her short story collection, The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad. Kudos …

Review of Under the Gypsy Moon staged at Bandra’s St. Andrews Auditorium last weekend.

by Manju Sampat This last weekend Akvarious Productions staged “Under the Gypsy Moon” for Aadyam Theatre at Bandra’s St. Andrews Auditorium. This was the premiere performance. Veteran actor and director, Akash Khurana has successfully adapted Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel “Srikant” for the stage, and directed it as well. By “distilling the essence of the novel for the stage”, and then …

Review of “A Friend’s Story” that was recently performed at The Cuckoo Club

by Manju Sampat Acclaimed playwright Vijay Tendulkar’s 2001 Marathi play Mitrachi Goshta, has been translated into English by Gowri Ramnarayan. Renowned theatre director and actor Akash Khurana has directed A Friend’s Story, the English version of this play, that was recently performed at Bandra’s The Cuckoo Club. This play has been around for a while now and will be staged …

Review of How I met your Father which premiered over the weekend at St. Andrews auditorium

by Manju Sampat Raell Padamsee’s Ace Productions premiered their latest show “How I met Your Father” over the weekend at St. Andrews auditorium in Bandra. This “laugh a minute” comedy features the comic duo Kunal Vijayker and Cyrus Broacha. Joining them on stage were Maya, Cyrus’s young daughter, and Gopal Dutt, who often accompanies them on their iconic TV show. …

QTP theatre group performed Bertolt Brecht’s epic play Mother Courage and her Children, at St. Andrews auditorium

Review by Manju Sampat Quasar Thakore Padamsee and his QTP theatre group performed Bertolt Brecht’s epic play Mother Courage and her Children, at St. Andrews auditorium over the weekend, for Aadyam 3. This is an Aditya Birla Group theatre initiative in collaboration with the Times of India group. It provides a wonderful platform for new as well as established theatre …

Review of the play Agnipankh by Manju Sampat

On Saturday Zee Theatre showcased ‘Agnipankh’ at Bandra’s Rang Mandir hall. This is a period drama set in a newly independent India. It’s protagonist Durgeshwari, is a proud, wealthy Maratha Zamindar, who is referred to as ‘Baisahib’ by one and all. Making up for her husband’s inability of looking after the family name, she runs her zamindari household with an …

Review of Zee theatre play Agnipank which had its first show at Bai Gandharva Natya mandir.

Agnipankh is a historical drama set in newly independent India with the winds of change sweeping across the country. Durgeshwari or ‘Baisaab’ as she is reverently called is a wealthy Brahmin. – via Zee Theatre Govind Nihalani’s Comment Below I thought Manoj’s review of Agnipankh could have been a little more enlightening… may be some more to explain the nature …

The new culture space called The Cuckoo Club

I have been completely off the play and theatre scene for a while, a couple of years back, I used to travel to as far as NCPA experimental for my dose of culture, but things are so crazy that even going to the Hive at Khar as become impossible. Leave aside the indulgence of going to Prithvi Theatre. But #celebratebandra2016 …

Six things I know about Le-Reve and you might want to know.

So this afternoon, I decided to do a recce at the newly opened Spice Cinemas single screen theatre called Le Reve. The newly opened theatre looks plush with lot marble flooring at white washed interiors but retains the same layout. Here are some points for you to know about your favourite cinema. (yeah! you don’t have a choice). 1) Unlike …

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