The Dramatic Circle Hyderabad, in its 45th year, brings to the city another classic play, after an active year with two productions- Allan Bennett's 'Habeas Corpus' and Farrukh Dhondy's 'Bollocks' - which were staged at the Hindu Festival. This year, DCH is presenting 'Noises Off', Michael Frayn's comedy based on the concept of a play within a play. Directed by Pranava Singhal, Noises Off features Ranjan Ranganathan, Aarti Phatarphekar, Jayant Dwarkanath, Kamal Kasturi and Nadir Chenoy among others. There will be 2 shows of the play at Ravindra Bharati on 19th and 20th May 2009, at 7:30pm.
Noises Off is a comedy wherein young girls run about in their underwear, old men drop their trousers, and many doors continually open and shut. Act One is set at the dress rehearsal, with the cast still fumbling with entrances and exits, missed cues, misspoken lines, and bothersome props, most notably several plates of sardines. Act Two portrays a matinee performance one month later. In this act, the play is seen from backstage, providing a view that reveals the deteriorating personal relationships among the cast that have led to offstage shenanigans and onstage bedlam.
In Act Three, we see a performance a few more weeks down the line, when personal friction has continued to increase and everyone is bored and anxious to be done with the play. The actors attempt to cover up a series of mishaps but only compound the problems and draw attention to the bungling performance. Much of the comedy emerges from the subtle variations in each version as off-stage chaos affects on-stage performance, with a great deal of slapstick humour.
Tickets for rows A-K will be sold for Rs. 500 each and for unreserved seats on a first-come-first-serve basis, free passes will also be available at the ticket points - Odyssey (Vikrampuri, Somajiguda and Jubilee Hills) and Sangeet Sagar (M G Road).
Please contact Aarti at 99663-15828.