LATTE is back with another entertainer, Black Comedy, and an after-party to celebrate
Catch a hilarious play and enjoy some foot-tapping music as you linger over dinner and conversation with friends and theatre enthusiasts next weekend. Lady Andal Total Theatre Experience (LATTE) is back with their third production. Known for their preference for comedies, this year the team brings to the city Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy. As Rafiq Sait, a LATTE member, puts it, “Comedies are great stress busters.” Sait, who is also the managing director of Gatsby Collection, adds, “The experience is about more than just watching a play. We want our audience to stay back, relax with some music and food, catch up with friends—make it a complete evening.”
Debutante director Nilakantan Nagarathnam (Nilu to friends) had acted in Black Comedy nearly 20 years ago, and says, “A situational comedy, this play is a real challenge as the humour lies not just in the dialogues but also the physical presentation of the play.” Set in London in the 60s, Black Comedy revolves around the life and antics of Brindsley Miller, a struggling sculptor and his prim fiancée. Eccentric neighbours, a bellowing retired colonel, a deaf millionaire and a mysterious visitor thrown into the mix make for some side-splitting situations. A voice-over artist, professional emcee, sports commentator and corporate trainer all thrown in one, Nilu insists, “We don’t want to give away too much of the story. Come and watch the crazy twists and turns. ”
LATTE was started in 2011. “For me it was the fulfillment of another one of my dreams,” says C Prema Kumar, honorary general secretary of Madras Seva Sadan and correspondent of Lady Andal School. “What sets this theatre group apart from the other forums is that the director (this year) and the cast are made up of our alumni and school parents. We even have a grandparent acting!” Meanwhile, the ‘after party’ is about the audience and the LATTE cast and crew unwinding with some music by DJ Rudy (also a parent of the school). For snacks and dinner, expect Tryst café favourites like their burgers, quesadillas, salads and lasagna, besides biryani and wraps, on sale at the food counters.
At Sir Mutha Concert Hall, on March 21 at 7.30 pm, tickets from `100 onwards. Details: eventjini.com, 9840471333