I disconnected the call and was jubilant as my friend and I finalized the plan to attend a play being performed in the city. Finally my desire to watch a Play play had come into play. I was going to be in the vicinity of performers. My dream had come true.
As planned we set out to the destination as was the destiny of that fine cool Friday evening of December. Traffic was thick with over zealous folks retuning home to hug the family and kick start the weekend.
We reached late. But as they say, better late than never.
The place was located near a popular Mall. The name was an interesting piece: “La Makaan”. What a fusion of Hindi and French. Innovative indeed! A member of the play management team, stroke out our name on the visitor sheet and a sweet natured girl punched me or rather my ticket. As we ran towards the sitting area, the guy called for switching off our mobile.
Play was on. Lights were intense and focussed. Actors were performing and delivering their dialogues. That moment onwards our attention was captured. We were now, just as expressed in Shakespeare's As You Like It, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”
The lead actor was performing along with the other characters, bombing, rendering the audience defenceless with the weapons of Mass Emotions. Peals of laughter rolled, Muscles twitched and forehead skin folded. It was a full facial exercise session for the audience. The dialogues were painted with the colours of comedy, wit, quip, intelligence, horror, one liners, gloom and romance. They were delivered aptly on the stage by the actors.
The play ended soon enough with a feeling inside, wanting more. Damn the traffic. I could see the satisfaction dripping off the chin of the actors. They were a blessed and talented bunch indeed. God bless them with success.
My friend and I closed the doors of the car. Switched on the A.C. We looked at each other. There was an expression conveying that we will return of course. It was just the beginning.
I feel that a Play is more powerful and more impacting entertainment media. When you are watching a play, you are a part of it, it engulfs you. The actors are all physically present there. They perform with raw and pure talent and display their skills unaided. Acting and performance as an art materialize and unfolds in front of the eyes. Movies are magic, Plays are not. Plays spell magic on you.
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