August began rather auspiciously. On the first day of the month, a new production opened to packed houses. The opinion of the experts, however, is that the reason for that was not the goodwill or reputation or following that Akvarious Productions has earned, but the fact that the two handsome (or was it cute?) men in the play are the closest we have to theatre pin-ups. And someone leaked the news that one of them actually takes his shirt off during the play, which apparently also helped greatly. Be that as it may, I did actually meet people who thoroughly enjoyed the play per se, and the set, and the lighting design, and the performances. But then again, they were all male. The women were mostly gushing unintelligibly, or being coy. One was crying, like a crazed Beatles fan. And all this after a play called A Guy Thing. Irrespective of the commercial or critical future of this production, I do believe it has the potential to start many gender-based demographic discussions.
A week later, after more than a month of fierce publicizing, A Disappearing Number opened at the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA. A production by Complicite, a
A week later, I went as an actor to Chennai for the Hindu Metro Plus Theatre Festival and came back pretty impressed. It had found the right balance between being a high-profile, serious theatre event with quality programming, and having the spirit and chutzpah of a college festival. I may also be just a tad biased because they put us up at The Park which had a breakfast buffet to die for.
Towards the end of the month, a bus full of actors that should have gone to