Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Mouse and Positions
Saturday 5th April
Troupe - The First City Theatre Foundation, New Delhi
My first ever play in Rangashankara after 4 years of staying in Bangalore. Better late than never. Mouse and Positions is not one play but 2 plays in sequence by the same troupe. 125 minutes.
Mouse – is about a play (A play within a play!). There are 2 characters. The director and the mouse (a guy playing the mouse). The director is a finicky woman giving too many instructions to a diffident mouse during a rehearsal. She is a perfectionist. The mouse tries to please her carrying out all her orders but in the end, he can’t take it anymore. He expresses his exasperation by messing up the sets. At this point, the director realizes that she has been too harsh and mellows very suddenly, giving him all the freedom to play his role the way he likes. The play ends with the director holding a torch far behind on the stage, and the mouse dancing away merrily. The viewers can see the silhouette of the mouse dancing against the bright light of the torch.
You may think what is so interesting about it. There is subtle humour from the start till the end. There are just 2 or 3 characters. The girl has done a wonderful job. She had so many lines to memorize! All of them delivered with perfection.
The second play is called Positions.
Six short plays or rather scenes. Some interesting and humourous; some seemed weird. Perhaps I missed some nuances.
Catch it if it’s showing in your city.