Damages: A Play

I was at Rangashankara this last week to see a play. Me and my friend had been wanting to go see a play for sometime and we finally made it happen. I really like the theater ambience, it forces one to get into someone else’s shoes while being oneself, at the same time. It is different from the movies for me, personally.

Anyway, coming back to the play, the first half was not that gripping but the second half was well-paced. Overall, the play was about a tabloid whose main passion is to destroy people’s reputation but prevent themselves from getting sued while doing so. So, we are faced with two stories that could potentially be splashed on the front page but each have their legal tangle so a legal consultant gets called in who apparently had a past “connection” with the tabloid and in the brief time that they have to decide on what to do with the splashes a lot of personal and professional drama unfolds.

I do think, the scriptwriter zoomed in on a good enough level to operate his characters in and the concept itself is not bad. But, the characters got so lost in themselves that they forgot that we were encountering them for the first time. The dialog delivery was too fast and at that same pace throughout the play. Probably it was because things are always so rushed up and hectic in a newspaper room before print deadline. And yeah, the punch lines were absent so not too much laughter or melodrama, people didn’t relate to the tabloid culture or someone’s reputation issue.

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2 Responses to “Damages: A Play”


  1. 1 Anoop June 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Do you understand Kannada?. I’ve never been to RangaShankara but many reviews say they are very good.


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