Based on a tightly knit group of friends from St Xaviers College, Mumbai, the play opened to rave reviews when it debuted in 2003. “Honestly, when I first wrote it I didn’t think that it would run for even 10 days,” da Cunha fondly reminisces. “The reason I think it worked so well was because it was plainly about friendship; that one gang of friends you can always count on”, adds the writer-director. On the other hand, the week will also see some of Motley Theatre’s best plays, By George, Ismat Apa Ke Naam and Kambakhat Bilkul Aurat being staged at Prithvi. By George is based on three plays written by George Bernard Shaw, while the latter two are adapted from short stories by Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai.
“We’ve had trouble booking dates, and as you know that is a big issue in Mumbai since there are so many groups and so few theatres. But as it happens we haven’t staged these plays for quite a while here so we are looking forward to the shows,” says Ratna Pathak, who runs Motley along with her husband, actor Naseeruddin Shah. (She also stars in Ismat Apa Ke Naam). Motley’s other famous plays, A Walk In The Woods and Dear Liar, will also be staged in the first week of April. “We’ve revived Dear Liar after a while because we just can’t enough of that play! We’ve edited it some more and it almost feels like a new play,” says Pathak.
Play rightMarch 26-28 at 9 pm: By George, Prithvi March 29 at 9 pm: Kambakhat Bilkul Aurat, Prithvi March 31 at 7 pm: Class of ’84, NCPAMarch 31 at 9 pm: Ismat Apa Ke Naam, Prithvi April 2 at 8 pm: A Walk In The Woods, Swatantraveer Sarvakar AuditorumApril 6 at 8 pm: Dear Liar, Swatantraveer Sarvakar Auditorum