Attention to detail
What a current topic! The world is in the throes of attrition and employment crisis and I found ‘The Interview’ was like a live wire. The focus lights and sound system enabled the viewers to enjoy the play thoroughly. The second interviewee stole the show even without any dialogues. The scene in which he puts the file behind him when he sees the boss coming towards him was superb. Ultimately, its the little details which make a play a hit and this did just that. Looking forward to more of this stuff!
FACE (An IIM enterprise )
'The Interview' was outrageously hilarious at times and strikingly grim at others. But somehow, it all clicked. Visually, the lighting and set were impeccable. The dialogues were well written, and some of the innuendos and double entendres had my ribs hurting with laughter. I could instantly The nervous job-seeker was instantly recognisable as someone one could meet in our lives. There were a few mediocre moments where one loses attention, but overall, 'The Interview' shines through these rough patches primarily due to the outstanding chemistry between the cast, and some brilliant acting as well. A great kick-start for MPTF 2011, and I have a feeling that the coming 3 days are going to be ones to be cherished by all Coimbatoreans!
Corporate jargon such as escalation, growth, development and problem solving were brought out in the weird interview in the play “The Interview”. The ludicrous attitude of the corporate world, the ridiculous process of hiring a suitable candidate and the tight-rope the existing employee walks came out well in the well-scripted play. The dialogues helped rip open high profile corporate culture, even though some of the profanity in the dialogues left the audience gasping.
The set design was pleasing and complemented the costumes. The acoustics were excellent too, and the dialogue delivery superb.
Jayashree V. Murthy,
Nothing like a play to compensate for a trashy day. Nothing like a “good play” to even brighten it up. “The Interview” came as manna for those of us who've been theatre-starved for the past eight months. It did more than just provide humour. The play had us in splits with its gags on the corporate world, only to let the realisation dawn that the people we were laughing at were, in effect, ourselves. For, we are very much a part of the very same rat race. And, just like the characters in the play, we too would stop at nothing to get what we want.
The script and direction were sharp and the actors did a splendid job. The play truly deserves all the credit that has come its way.
Selva Saravanan S,
PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Peelamedu
Being born and brought up outside of India, I didn't know what to expect at an Indian play. But, I thoroughly enjoyed “The Interview”. The play was tastefully risqué, and was a refreshing take on office politics; managing to be witty and insightful at the same time. The relationship among the characters was portrayed really well. I particularly enjoyed the banter between the timid interviewee who was tripping over himself to say the right thing, and the boss who was subtly domineering and arrogant. The fanatical employee and sassy secretary were also fun to watch. The character development and transitions kept you guessing till the very end. I'd highly recommend this play. It had the perfect blend of comedy with satirical undertones.
A stern, confused boss, a psychotic employee, a stylish secretary and a smart, young candidate to be interviewed for a high-job profile — all made the act a fair play. It was hilarious in parts, especially when the interviewee is wired to the lie detector and attacked with absurd questions unrelated to the corporate world.
Commendable performances by the entire crew, though the actor playing Keith, the outraged employee, was a little over-the-top.
Exploring human psyche
“The Interview” was black humour at its best. The acting was brilliant. The play started off at a gentle pace before it culminated in a crescendo. It explores the human psyche with a depth of understanding that is both darkly humourous and deeply moving. A superb script with a touch of genius. An evening to cherish and remember.
A P Nigli, Sungam
“The Interview” had a great script for a dark, farcical humour. However, the dialogues were either too loud or the man playing the boss was. Or, was it the acoustics? The lighting could have been better, focussing on the actors. The actor playing the interviewee seemed very comfortable in his role.
However, we felt that with such a good theme, one could easily have replaced the objectionable cuss words with lesser offensive ones, especially for an audience that admitted young school kids. I'm no prude and wouldn't mind such objectionable words if the script and role demanded it, but here we are talking about an office atmosphere.
Raju and Sapna Umamaheswar
From the opening scene where a young man waits nervously to begin his interview to the last scene where he calls his girlfriend to confirm his job appointment, each scene was engrossing, witty, well written and excellently portrayed. The play showed the dark side of the corporate world. “Information is power,” they say, and each character gathered information, and used it as a leverage to achieve what they wanted.
The excellent screenplay by Siddharth Kumar manifested itself in some great acting by the cast. The background music was pleasant and the use of a modified version of Doris Day's “Que Sera Sera” shows innovation and the finesse of the director. In retrospect, “The Interview” clearly puts to rest any doubts regarding the laurels it has won.
Keywords: The Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Fest 2011