Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Tender King

Last weekend we went to watch a play at the Phoenix theater in SF. It was very entertaining.It still baffles me how the stage artists remember 2-3 hours of play dialogues.

The story was around 2nd world war. The play had only 3 actors. A German woman who wants to save her brother who is in a war camp. She is a mistress of a US guy who is in London as part of the coalitions committee and is sent to the US army head to sign a letter on agreement of the Japan bombings.

What was fascinating about the play was how the 3 would swap between 2 scenes. One small stage with sofa, table and 2 chairs. The timing of the lightings was outstanding.

And the audience sits right around the small stage. They cover 2/3 area around the stage and are a feet away from the actors. Right in front of the actors, eye to eye.

Reminded me of practice sessions my mom and sis used to have at the Mapusa Hanuman Natyagraha during Ramnavmi.More like an audition and we were the judges.

Btw food and drinks are allowed. So imagine how you would enjoy a live play with a chilled beer in your hand.

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