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Based on Shakespearea��s King Lear, Nothing Like Lear, written and directed by Rajat Kapoor and starring Vinay Pathak, promises to draw a huge crowd this weekend. a�?When you attempt something as famous as King Lear, the challenge lies in making it your own,a�? begins Kapoor, elaborating, a�?I do not feel the pressure of modifying Shakespearean plays at all, because they are centuries old. The original plays have been done to death.a�?
Hence, Nothing Like Lear approaches the story through its many themes of betrayal, love, loss of power, foolishness, aging and relationships, with Pathak starring as Lear, the sole character.
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Having been staged in places like South Africa, America and Israel, the one-man play manages to keep the audience riveted, thanks to Pathaka��s stellar portrayal that seamlessly shifts from one emotion to another. a�?Every play comes with its own set of challenges. In Nothing Like Lear, the added challenge is that there is no set. Everything is solely dependent on the actor,a�? explains Kapoor.
The language used here is English and gibberish, a technique that was developed when Kapoor was working on C for Clown, a production about a day in the life of a group of circus clowns / theatre artistes. So dialogues shift from Shakespearea��s text to gibberish, to add something extra and unexpected to the show.
At Ranga Shankara, JP Nagar. Tickets (Rs.300)
on bookmyshow.com
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