FRIDAY REVIEW

Dramatic evenings

Drama onstage A scene from ‘Hi Tekku City' and (right) ‘Devude Dikku'. Photos: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Drama onstage A scene from ‘Hi Tekku City' and (right) ‘Devude Dikku'. Photos: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar  

Fest A collection of plays was presented to treat theatre lover. P.S. Bhatt

S umadhura Kala Niketan in its 15th edition of humorous playlet competitions put on board at Vijayawada, 9 playlets culled out from 42 entries. For three evenings the packed audience of kids and adults unburdened themselves by the subtle humour and subversive themes.

High Tekku City, written and directed by V. Sangameswara Rao, portrayed a woman living beyond her means. It was presented by Mathru Sree Kalaniketan Visakhapatnam. Anta Bhrantiyenawas written and directed by Varikooti Siva Prasad and produced by Ganesh Art Theatres Guntur. With engaging theatricals it won the first prize for the best production.

Malladi Creations Hyderabad presented Guba Guyyimandi, a farce on the miserly pensioner turned philanthropist. Written by B. Uday and directed by Malladi Bhaskar, it won the 2nd prize for production.

Devude Dikku, by Bahuroopa Nata Samakhya, Visakhapatnam, was an absorbing tragic-comedy which won Jury's special award. Rendu Kotlu, presented by Sree Sai Art Theatres, Vijayawada was written by V. Sivaprasad and directed by N. Gangadhar. Pe-Pe-Pe - Dhum - Dhum, a play on dowry issue, written by Nardagiri and directed by Dr. P. Brahmananda Rao, was presented by Nitya Satya Arts, Guntupalli.

Papam Prasad, written and directed by B.P. Prasada Rao, was presented by Vamsee Niranjan Kala Kendram, Hyderabad. Don't worry be happy was written by P. Srinivasa and directed by D.V. Chandra Sekhar, and presented by Sri Krishna Telugu Theatre, New Delhi.

Chittaginchandi, a playlet written by Veerla Varaprasad and directed by Shafi, was presented by Amateur's Dramatic Association, Chilakaluripeta. It was on gender inequality and unequal distribution of wealth of a couple.

On the last day an exhibition playlet by veteran film actor Raavi Kondala Rao set the pace of brisk action of a son to settle the problem of dowry. Devabattuni George as a helpless father and Radhakumari as a lady enchanted by freebies looked agile and natural. Generous sprinkling of skits by Visakha Humour Club provided merriment.

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