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[ Pronounced as Jawsh ]

There is a rather pleasant phenomenon doing rounds of Bangalore of late. The city is witnessing a theater fest of sorts and that is resulting in mood swings, of course of the positive kind. Imagine mid-week, after a tiring day at work, you get to watch a class act that lifts your mood instantly. There have been some really high quality plays in the recent past including, but not limited to, Copenhagen, Hamlet – The Clown Prince.


Yesterday evening was another such class act. This time it was a monologue, by the legendary Josh Kornbluth.
At the heart of the act was a pending thesis required to graduate from Princeton. Josh joins Princeton, which he calls a finishing school which produces future world desperates, in 1976 but fails to finish his thesis which is mandatory for graduation. During his initial days on campus he realizes that Science is not his cup of tea and instead decides to study politics under an esteemed faculty. On graduation day, he is given an empty degree case and told that he could complete his thesis whenever it pleased him. Thereon, he begins to kill time, getting busy with worldly affairs until one fine day it dawns upon him that he must get a degree.

The monologue went back and forth in time. There were references to apartheid and historical events, which were showcased to the audience via a projector. George Bush II was portrayed in the right light, you know what I mean!

Quips like ‘I like Helium. It is a noble gas’ and other witty one lines were in abundance in the 70 minute act. The audience were is splits all through. And the play ended on the happy note of Josh getting his degree.

All in all it was a great watch. Highly recommended whenever you get a chance.

On a different note
Localizing the content (dialogues / vox populi) goes well with the audience. But I find the reference to Bangalore traffic pretty lame in such a case. Of course I’m not offended but tell me one metropolitan, India or abroad, which does not face traffic snarls. The mention of Hema Malini and Madhuri Dixt were well placed but the intended pun on the traffic was … well, cliched. But it seemed that all but me were extremely delighted at the mention.

Written by Sangfroid

August 20, 2009 at 10:53 am

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  1. Don’t remind me of what it takes to get a Ph.D. I still remember my own days very clearly.


    August 20, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    • I know of my friends who are toiling. Academics is fun I believe but I guess I’ve had my dosage of it.
      Thankfully or regretfully, but no Ph.D. for me 🙂


      August 20, 2009 at 9:39 pm

  2. […] talks about ‘a theater fest of sorts‘ at Bangalore- There is a rather pleasant phenomenon doing rounds of Bangalore of late. The […]

  3. Oh you went.. 🙂


    August 21, 2009 at 9:55 am

  4. i never thought monologues could be entertaining. citizen josh proved my notions wrong. Josh Kornbluth is a genius!


    September 22, 2009 at 3:04 am

    • You are right. He was quite brilliant

      Welcome here!


      September 23, 2009 at 2:17 am

  5. Hi, Tahatto is premiering its 2nd production “A Funny Thing Called Life” on 21st March @ Kyra, 8:30pm onwards.

    Since you seem to be passionate about theatre, thought would inform you. Please do try to come and also invite your friends who might be interested.

    Piyush Agarwal

    March 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm

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