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My association with the mainstream theatre scene in Chennai is very, very limited (The last proper play I saw was something to do with Chank...

My association with the mainstream theatre scene in Chennai is very, very limited (The last proper play I saw was something to do with Chankayashastra and business principles, a 11th standard kaamars shtudends school trip, and my knowledge of theatre personalities is worse, I'm acquainted only with sound guys and the lot).
Not something I'm particularly proud of, but it's not something I worry about either.
So when Prashant called me for ASAP's production of "Sketch It" at the Alliance Francaise, I was quite indifferent to the whole deal, all I knew was that I had weekend plans, which was enough to make me happy.
I did do a bit of research before I went though, The Play, apparently was a "breakthrough effort" "a new transformation in the field" since "Its not a complete play as such. It has mimes, skits, and stand ups. All these are elements of theatre but its more like a collage".
A
pparently .
The play started on quite a promising note and started deteriorating with every act.
There were number of different ideas (
The sketches varied from "Welcome to Hell" to "First Date" to "Mallu in Bookshop") that the play had tried to cover but didn't quite make the grade.

There's plenty of swearing/finger-popping/innuendo in the show, which can get overbearing after a while
- there is a limit to the number of dick jokes we can take. Then there was the whole concept of originality. Sure, the concept of "collage-ing" was all fine and dandy, but flicking Bhagyaraj film jokes (the very very famous "ek gaon mein ek kisaan raghuthatha" scene) is just not it.
Also, some of the acts just weren't funny - the Indian restaurant in London "gag" didn't make the mark and the Awards ceremony sketch (where every other theatre group was mercilessly targetted) wasn't all ho-ho-ho either. The scene with the Wedding Speeches was notably moronic (Fellatio obsessed priest, sexually hyper-active best man, the works).

However, there were genuinely funny moments in the play as well, the Elizabethan parody really hit the spot and so did the "First Date" episode, but the most impressive was the "Invisible Man" concept.
Overall, it was a good effort for two guys on stage facing a half-empty auditorium, nevertheless, something missing somewhere.

Finally:
Watch it if you have absolutely nothing to do or have an intense liking for innuendo fueled humour.


It's currently playing at The Alliance Francaise - there are 4.00pm & 7.30pm shows, tickets available at Landmark.



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11 comments

  1. This was your first play right. The best way to rate this is
    "Would you go and see one again?"

    -Okay

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  2. Hey Lavanya,
    I think each person is entitled to their opinion. Venky here - was one of the two actors. I'm not going to defend the show or any such thing,because we believe that the audience knows best. But I would however like to tell you that we never have or would ever advertise the play as a "breakthrough effort", so I request you to research better.

    Venky

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  3. Oooo..I am waiting for Miss. Bloody-gun Mogans response;). Things are bound to get interesting.

    -Ok

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  4. @OK
    Ok ok, ok?

    @Venky
    ->The whole idea of sketches was an excellent concept but the implementation left a lot to be desired. Maybe I was extra disappointed because you guys have a lot more potential in the humour department than 9th standard toilet jokes and Bhagyaraj padams .

    ->The play wasn't advertised as a breakthrough effort, yes, my bad.
    But it had been advertised (by a production member, which I believe comes into the purview of advertising) as a "new transformation in the field of theatre" which I believe is highly synonymous.
    http://www.orkut.com/AlbumZoom.aspx?uid=5421337663621523565&pid=1
    [This would be the link]

    ->Yeah, my researching skills are half-baked, but my reviewing skills are spot on.

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  5. hey cool one der.... i soooooo adore ur style... n man i swear... if i hear that kisaan thing another time... im gonna freak out... i mean ppl actually think its funny...n its a loong time since i saw a play... actually ive seen only 2.. one in hindi n one in tamil... dey both were good so i kinda dont mind.. im more of a movie person...
    so keep rocking... n love ya temp


    ps- im a blogger too... chk mine out sumtime...

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  6. Hm.. So, enjoyed the play or not?? Ha ha! Anywayz! I'll try catching dat up, if time permits! I hope u'd have had a better weekend, had u avoided that play ? :D :D

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  7. @ Lavanya
    Thanks for bringing it to the notice about that pic. Needless to say that it is very misleading as the Python sketches have already been repeated before. Apologies for having not known about it. Anyway, feedback and criticism is always welcome. We'll try to get better from here on. See u @ the next show ... if u come that is.

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  8. havnt been to much plays, but like them. you have written with style, and i like the way you do the review. Too much of anything will spoil the fun - it is the same with innudeo jokes, but even if the players takes much effort, at times, the barrier do gets crossed. i will try to catch it up if it comes to b'lore.

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  9. nice blog .. made good read .. psbb a ?

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  10. nice blog .. made good read .. psbb a ?

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  11. @ Lavanya
    Thanks for bringing it to the notice about that pic. Needless to say that it is very misleading as the Python sketches have already been repeated before. Apologies for having not known about it. Anyway, feedback and criticism is always welcome. We'll try to get better from here on. See u @ the next show ... if u come that is.

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