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Rock and revelry
The bands Parikrama and Strings took turns to entertain rock fans at a recent concert. SUDHISH KAMATH reports

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Timeless moments
The breathtaking performance of Rajit Kapur and Shernaz Patel will linger in our minds. The play is full of humour, even when Andy Ladd and Melissa Gardner have to confront intense situations. Many thanks for providing an opportunity to connect ...
Some plays leave you with an afterthought; some others transport you to another realm. ‘Love Letters’ belongs to the latter category. The heart-warming story of two lives, captured in a series of letters, their individual desires, ...
Honest and simple
The simplicity and honesty of the script, the actors, set design and director make the play an all-time favourtite. Romba thanks to The Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Fest for bringing it to Chennai.


Sensitively directed by Rahul da Cunha, Rajit Kapur and Shernaz Patel live their parts as they move from age six to sixty, their lives irrevocably intertwined by their intimate letters. The songs, which we oldies are familiar with, were ...
For two people to hold the complete attention of an audience for 90 minutes, that too without ‘face to face interaction’ between then was quite amazing. Quite fittingly, the best 10 minutes of the play was the beautiful climax. Those ...
Better as adaptation?
The play had all the ingredients to make it a theatrical success — an engaging script, emotions such as humour and pathos, two seasoned actors, and a minimalised stage setting. Yet, the script could not release itself from the social warp ...
Between dualities
‘Love Letters is not so much an exchange of letters between two star-crossed lovers, as it is a poignant journey into the split polarity of human nature. This explains the play’s overwhelming connect with audiences. Andy holds a ...
Well enacted
‘Electronic City’, an experimental theatre work, was beautifully enacted both in and out of theatre space and time by the players, including the ‘sutradhari’ and actors who had different degrees of feelings about their ...
Refreshing experiment
InDeACT’s production of ‘Electronic City’, directed by Johannes von Matuschka, has to be viewed and understood in multiple levels and layers. It was obvious that the cast had a lot of freedom to work into the script a more ...
‘Electronic City’ was a disaster. Not just a disaster that the world is going through that it pretended to portray, but in itself as a theatre production. I have my reasons for being so caustic; the casualness with which the director ...
To an amateur, theatre is defined as realism in motion, but it takes a honed and sharp director to come up with something different. Johannes von Matuschka does this in ways more than one. The absolutely talented motley crew made sure that ...
Dysfunctional generation
Experimental theatre, by default, works with non-linear flow, anti-narration and a style bereft of psychology — attributes that are so important to conventional drama. But where is ‘Electronic City’ situated as theatre? ...
Losing its way
Even though the introduction to its experimental nature was adjectivally rich, it is doubtful whether the audience was prepared for the fare in its fullness.

The start of the play actually preceded the introduction with a painter in ...

For fashionistas
Fashion Festival at Chola Sheraton on August 8 and 9

Gender and the LoC
Men and women often misinterpret what they say to each other. GEETA PADMANABHANon the language of communication between the sexes

Women on a safari
An all-women’s group trip to South Africa
Fight the fat
Get rid of cellulite through a combination of diet and exercise

Inveterate travellers, no place is off-limits for us. We often look for adventure in countries we know little about. What’s travelling without an element of risk? As we are aliens to India, we expect the Chennai to Mumbai Autorickshaw ...
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Crazy for a cause
Two plays by Crazy Mohan will be staged to raise funds for creating TB awareness

Rest of the Fest
Four plays, a symposium and a host of allied activities

Put on your thinking cap
The Landmark Quiz will be held on August 15

Connecting through culture
Director Jung-Ung Yang of the Yohangza Company from Korea talks about how his version of Shakespeare’s comedy went down well with the Chennai audience

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