A play within a play

Lights On

Moving: A scene from Brief Candle. DH photo by Shivakumar B H

Written by Mahesh Dattani and directed by Lillete Dubey, this 90-minute English play was divided into two acts.

The play begins with a dying patient Vikas (Joy Sengupta) on a hospital bed. The action then moves on to a rehearsal for a play that he has written to be performed by the other patients in the hospital, including the doctor and the ward boy. Though all the characters are in pain, they try to bring happiness in their lives. As they rehearse the play however, all the characters, including the inmates, the doctor and the hospital aide, discover similarities between themselves and the characters they are playing.

The play was poignant, moving, funny and relevant. “I liked the drama very much. It was a blend of entertainment and enlightenment. Mahesh Dattani has come out with a wonderful work and the performances were amazing,” said Maneesha, who had come to watch the play.

“The storyline and the manner in which the tale proceeds is marvellous. I enjoyed the performances and all the actors have done an excellent job,” uttered Shekar, another member of the audience.

The cast did justice to their characters. Good costumes, proper usage of music and lighting added value to the play. The dialogues were punching. It was a charitable show in support of India Foundation for the Arts.

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