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Based on Shakespeare’s King Lear, Nothing Like Lear, written and directed by Rajat Kapoor and starring Vinay Pathak, promises to draw a huge crowd this weekend. “When you attempt something as famous as King Lear, the challenge lies in making it your own,” begins Kapoor, elaborating, “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.”
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 Pathak’s stellar portrayal that seamlessly shifts from one emotion to another. “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,” 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 Shakespeare’s text to gibberish, to add something extra and unexpected to the show.
At Ranga Shankara, JP Nagar. Tickets (Rs.300)
on bookmyshow.com
—Rashmi Rajagopal

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