August Osage County

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I came across the details of this play on 2 weeks back and booked the tickets immediately. They were priced between Rs 500 and Rs 1500. I bought the pricey ones… 2nd row from the front. KC was put off by the high prices… understandable.

The play has been a big hit on broadway and has been adapted by Lilette Dubey for the Indian stage. Actors like Lillete Dubey, Ira Dubey, Sandhya Mridul, Kitu Gidwani, Meeta Vashisht star in it. I love Lillete, Ira and Sandhya and would have willingly payed double the price to watch them.
I rushed back from work, changed clothes and rushed to Epicenter- the cultural center of Gurgaon… similar to Habitat Center of Delhi. Thats why I like Gurgaon… access to posh places. In Mumbai, I would have to go to Bandra or Juhu to watch plays.
Anyway, on reaching there I found Gurgaon Hi Society for company… Ballantine’s was serving free liqour since they were sponsoring the play. Impressive. On reaching my seats, the usual started… 2 people had booked seats separately and was requesting everyone else to move. The old couple next to me reluctantly moved 1 seat left… when I was requested to move, I politely refused. I had specifically booked that seat… it was in the center… I was not going to move after paying 1500 bucks. People should not be stupid enough to book seats separately. The lady gave up and the old couple gratefully moved back into their seats. Why do people do this? Why can’t they book tickets – whether on a train, theatre or play; well in advance to avoid inconveniencing others?
The play went on for 2.5 hours. I was zapped throughout. I will not go into the story… it is not a movie which has 1 story… in a play things are happening every minute… there are well developed characters… rather than 1 single story… and there are no fillers. Lillete was fab… she acted so damn well. What is amazing is that such fine actors have to play trivial roles in movies or serials. Example, Meeta Vashisht… I have grown up watching her in some movie or serial… mostly trashy roles. In the play, she was playing the role of a vain, silly, self involved female… I could not believe it was the same woman.
Theatre is so different from regular cinema… I will be watching more plays in the future… atleast I will try and catch every play at Epicenter.
Please don’t miss this play if it comes to your city.

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