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A comical take on social diktats

If you like plays that are high on satire, but still manage to tickle your funny bone, then a play that opens tomorrow in the city might catch your attention.

art and culture Updated: Jul 26, 2012 00:47 IST
Shibani Bedi

If you like plays that are high on satire, but still manage to tickle your funny bone, then a play that opens tomorrow in the city might catch your attention. Titled, Sab Theek Hai, Doctor Sahab? the play has been directed by 24-year-old Nikhil Mehta, and organised by Crazy Spotlight Productions, a theatre group founded by Mehta in 2006.

This play, which is the group’s seventh annual production, is a wildly frantic farce that comically explores social diktats through six modern-day characters that represent society as it stands today. “Who decided what is right and what is wrong, what is normal and abnormal? Questions like these are at the centre of our show,” says Mehta. “The characters cover a wide variety of people. The audience will relate to their various shades,” he adds, but doesn’t give more details, as he wants the audience to understand these characters themselves.

With only a few days left till the opening night, the actors — an affable and energetic bunch in their early 20’s — seem totally in sync, not only with the parts they are playing, but also with the whole point of the exercise. “For those who want to take something from it, there is plenty that this play has to offer. And for those who are just looking for an entertaining evening, they definitely won’t be disappointed either,” says Madhav Mehta, one of the performers. “It is essentially a funny play. Our goal has always been to speak in a contemporary language, to a contemporary audience, about contemporary issues. So, inevitably, the world around us seeps into the work we do,” says Mehta.