Written By: Anuvab Pal
Directed By: Vinita Sud Belani
Houston Sat, Oct. 8th 3 & 7 PM
Palo Alto Fri, Oct. 14th – 8 PM | Sat, Oct 15th 6 PM
He’s cynical, cocky and well-read.
She’s clever, curious and amused by him.
It’s the ‘60s!
Fashionable movies play at art deco cinemas, Nehruvian poshness is stylish, Beatles are the rage.
They meet at Delhi University over Shakespeare and whisky, battling burning questions on literature, philosophy, existentialism and romance.
She thinks a PhD in America is the answer, he follows her.
Across continents, campuses, decades, marriages and life, but bound by the laws of Chaos Theory.
“It’s uncanny, Vinita!’ said Anuvab to me.
“People will invariably say, sometimes a tad sheepishly and always confidentially, that there is a Mukesh/Sunita in their lives too. Even some older family members that I will not name!”
And therein lies the beauty of the play. The realness, the OMG I know someone exactly like that feeling!
I of course have been in love with these two characters ever since I read the play.
Their witty, rapid-fire repartee cuts across geography and chronology. I am furiously researching Shakespeare, Bertrand Russell and Karl Marx one minute and Gandhi and Bhimsen Joshi the next.
In a piece where words are everything, I have to search beyond the obvious to define a set that is intriguing yet does not overshadow the emotion.
Did we get it right? Come see the play and tell us.