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Silence! The Court Is In Session

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After a slew of not-so-mentionable theater acts that I was a witness to post this, the last one turned the tables ๐Ÿ™‚

‘Silence! The Court Is In Session’ appeared to be a comedy at the outset. A little research (read googling) revealed that this is indeed a Marathi play – ‘Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe’ adapted in English and also that it is one with a serious subject ๐Ÿ˜›

The expectations were still intact considering that it was penned down by none other than the legendary – Vijay Tendulkar.
On a not so hot Saturday afternoon, four enthusiasts set out for Alliance Francaise de Bangalore and made just in time to claim the tele-blocked tickets. The next two hours were entertaining to say the least with some power packed performances especially from the protagonist – Miss Benare. I do not remember the names of the actors but each of them played their part with elan. Hats off to them!

The set was minimalist yet apt. After all, the entire setting barring the first act was in a court. The lights were used to optimum effect during the scene when Miss Benare looks out of the window and then again during the soliloquy which I felt was the highlight of the play. The lighter moments were tickling too.

The ending was cliched as the play took the oh-so-common anti-feminist bend – ‘Women are not supposed to be independent’ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
Considering that it was written way back in 1972 when such notions proliferated our society (There is still not a complete eradication of these), I let it pass and left the venue beaming!

PS: Any attempt what-so-ever, from the pic above, of the entity therein being an actor is purely coincidental and not intentional ๐Ÿ˜›

Written by Sangfroid

April 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Posted in Media, Theatre

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  1. Hmm..sounds nice. I too will be going for a play this weekend, minus the company though!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


    May 1, 2008 at 9:57 am

  2. good description dude… i used to watch plays in bangalore.


    May 1, 2008 at 12:10 pm

  3. Sam, it was indeed nice. Come to Bangalore and u’ll find good company ๐Ÿ™‚ what play, btw ?

    Geet, thanq. ‘used to’ … u gave up on Bangalore or plays? ๐Ÿ˜›


    May 1, 2008 at 1:31 pm

  4. Well, suddenly after knowing so many people in Bangalore, taking up that job there doesn’t sound too bad an idea, and then I get to watch plays “in good company”, can I be asking for more?? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I dunno about the play, they have one every Sunday at this place called Epicentre so lets see.. ๐Ÿ™‚


    May 2, 2008 at 9:24 am

  5. Its a marathi, NOT bengali play!!


    May 2, 2008 at 9:47 am

  6. Sam, that sounds like a plan ๐Ÿ™‚ n yea … ynjoy the play ๐Ÿ™‚

    Diviani, oops … my bad … edited it!


    May 2, 2008 at 12:38 pm

  7. dude enable full feed …


    May 2, 2008 at 12:49 pm

  8. have heard of this from soem fo my friends.. good review.. never knew u liked plays.. next time whn you plan to go, drop me a line ๐Ÿ™‚

    aNoop aka --xh--

    May 2, 2008 at 4:34 pm

  9. hey neat! i always end up missing the plays…. the time always clashes with a client call! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


    May 2, 2008 at 6:01 pm

  10. Kunal, is it not already ๐Ÿ˜ i hate technology ๐Ÿ˜› okie .. will do

    Anoop, I do like ’em (after coming to namma Bengaluru) ๐Ÿ™‚ Will buzz ya for the next show!

    Ani, let the client calls wait the next time around ๐Ÿ™‚


    May 3, 2008 at 1:17 pm

  11. Hey, long time.. ๐Ÿ™‚


    May 14, 2008 at 11:52 am

  12. yeah! the place was nice…but alas! you did not enter into an argument with my wife regarding the play..then the return journey would have been equally entertaining!

    :X~ notmanish

    May 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm

  13. Sam, ya … thanks for dropping by gal. Will update soon!

    Mani, I stopped arguing with the fairer sex long back. I agree to all that they say. Is that a good survival strategy ๐Ÿ˜›


    May 19, 2008 at 12:44 pm

  14. hmmm… so far I have seen only one play.. and that was a brilliant one .. love letters…
    this one sounds interesting, will make a note for it in plays to be seen ๐Ÿ™‚


    May 20, 2008 at 8:08 am

  15. Mani, ๐Ÿ˜

    Rakesh, yea … have heard a lot about Love Letters but didn’t get a chance to watch it … wont miss when I do get a chance ๐Ÿ™‚
    btw, wot is the theater scene in s’pore ?


    May 22, 2008 at 12:18 am

  16. Silence! the Court is in session
    Buy show tickets online!
    25 & 26 July 2008 – 3:30 & 7:30 PM

    Magesh Kumar

    July 19, 2008 at 10:00 am

  17. Hey, you got the ending completely wrong, ‘woman shouldn’t be independent’ is not a bend that the author of the play is taking, it is rather a satire to show how the patriarchal society blame the women’s freedom for everything that goes wrong. That statement is not the play’s concluding statement or message its a reflection on the narrow mindedness of the society.


    August 4, 2008 at 1:05 am

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