Theatre

Murder on the menu

Partners in crime From one of the three skits put up by CATS  

The themes were infidelity, murder and deceit. Yet, the audience at On The Go, laughed out aloud as they watched three plays put up by the Coimbatore Art and Theatre Society (CATS) as part of the supper theatre hosted and promoted by the restaurant That’s Y On The Go. It was the picture of marriage presented by the plays that evoked such mirth.

In the first play, ‘A matter of husbands’, a weary wife begs a ravishing actress to give her husband back to her. Even with the minimal props, the tightly scripted play by Ferenc Molnar created quite an effect. The 17-year-old Priyanka Jain amazed the audience as she played the role of the 28-year-old exhausted and worn out house wife. Chanda Khaturia, was the sophisticated actress in every move.

In the second play ‘Death by scrabble’, Shawn Nigli and Ambuja Sankar played a scrabble-playing couple. Shawn played the frustrated and maniacal husband who is waiting for a chance to murder his wife. The husband’s loud musings about the different ways he could kill his wife was truly funny. The exaggerated loathing on Shawn’s face could crack up even the most determinedly grumpy member of the audience. The two actors, stuck to skin of their character so well that their energy shone through even through a power cut! The third play, ‘Wrong number’, was adapted from a television show by Carol Burnett.

It was a slapstick comedy which began with a phone call. K.V.Siddhartha, the director also played the role of the cunning husband who waits for his wife to fall asleep before he sneaks off to meet his girlfriend. Ambuja as the whiney and doubtful wife was hilarious.

Sidhartha said the theme of marital discord was consciously chosen. “We are trying to gauge what the city really wants. This was a perfect subject to begin with as anyone can relate to the scenario here.”

The scope for theatre and other live arts is immense, he said. “Our main idea is to bring the younger generation in touch with live art. Most of them are living in a virtual world. It is important to have spaces like these were people can gather around and interact with each other.” The evening came to a close with a lively discussion of the play by the actors and audience over a sumptuous dinner of veg kathi rolles, nachos con crunch, iced tea, bashed up potatoes , apple cinnamon tea cake and tomata basil bruscetta, served by On The Go.


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