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Popular theatre festival returns with 15 new productions in 6 languages

Arundhati Chatterjee, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 25, 2013
First Published: 17:58 IST(25/11/2013) | Last Updated: 19:11 IST(25/11/2013)

For the city’s theatre lovers, NCPA is hosting the fourth edition of their annual festival — Centrestage, which will see plays from various cities of the country make their Mumbai debut. Since its inception in 2010, the event has been known to showcase unconventional talents, not just in terms of acting, but also with respect to technical aspects. “We have not concentrated on any single genre or age-group. People will definitely get to see some quality and fresh theatre serving all tastes,” says Deepa Gahlot, head of theatre programming, NCPA. This year, Centrestage will see performances by popular names like Swanand Kirkire, Kalki Koechlin, Yuki Ellias, Asif Basra, Heeba Shah and Neville Shah, among others. We take a look at some of the must-watch plays at the festival:

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It's Not Waht You Tihnk!
(November 30, 7 pm)
The deliberately misspelt INWYT glorifies the Italian form of theatre Commedia dell’Arte, which uses masks to represent various social archetypes. “It is a comedy acceptable to all on various levels,” says Niloufer Sagar, INWYT.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/2/drama.jpgStatus Quo
(December 1, 5 pm)
The latest offering from theatre company Pundalik is a satirical take on the contemporary world, heavily driven by the social media. “It’s an urban legend about sex, love and betrayal,” says Zubin Driver, director, Status Quo.

Rope
(December 3, 7 pm)
An adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller by the same name, Rope traces the story of two engineering students, who, in order to prove their brilliance, commit the ‘perfect murder’ by strangling their fellow student. Director Vikas Khurana says,“It is a psychological ‘why-dunnit’ thriller and not a whodunnit suspense. It is essentially a high on drama and intensity.”

Blackout
(December 7, 5 pm)
This Gujarati play revolves around a bickering couple who plan to share a secret every night after their electric supply gets
temporarily cut. “This is a story where light is in search of darkness,” says Dharmendra Gohil, actor, Blackout.

The Complete Works Of Shakespeare
(December 4, 7 pm)
“If you like Shakespeare, you will like the play. If you hate Shakespeare, you will love the play,” says Brij Bhakta, actor. This hilarious Shakespearean rollercoaster ride will spoof all 37 plays by the bard in just 95 minutes by three actors.


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