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T. Saravanan

Play had enough material to keep audience glued to their seats

MADURAI: Comedy is a time-tested source of entertainment. For it creates a positive impact on the audience. From Prapanjan's `Muttai' (egg) to Sujatha's `Prayanam' (journey), the American College Theatre Group has come a long way in staging Tamil plays.

The recently staged drama, `Prayanam,' assumes significance, as for the first time, B. Rajesh, a second year M.A. student of Department of English, emerged as the director.

Its main objective was pure entertainment. For the one hour and 15 minute play had enough material to keep the audience glued to their seats.

The play starts in a train compartment with motley characters, including a pickpocket, journeying to Chennai. The comic interaction between two pickpockets picks up pace when an orthodox Brahmin family gets into the compartment.

Well reflecting the middle class mentality, Ganapathy Iyer, the family head, tries to poke his nose into the affairs of his co-passengers. His wife Kalyani is not far behind, as she too tries to interfere in the conversation of Latha, another passenger.

The pickpocket, carrying the dreams of his fiancée, is on the prowl to steal the money from Ganapathy at every opportune moment. And he succeeds in his attempt at last.

Meanwhile, he gets the news about his mother suffering from illness. When Ganapathy comes forward to offer monetary help the pickpocket realises his folly and returns the money.

S. Haseena, II M.A. Master of Social Work, playing the character of Kalyani, did a neat job. With chaste Brahmin dialect, she impressed the audience with her voice clarity.

Thirunavukkarasu, I M.A. Tamil, as Ganapathy Iyer, was in his usual self, well exposing the middle class ignorance and innocence.

J. Dharmalingam (III B.A. English) and R.G. Nithyanandam (III B.Sc. Maths) as pickpockets provided enough momentum in the initial stages.

R. Prabhakar of Department of Tamil was the production designer of the play.

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