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    Amit Singh

    ASAP Productions brings us four short plays for an evening of laughter and entertainment

    Amit Singh and ASAP Productions are providing a comic take on love and relationships in urban India with their production, Pint Sized Love. “It’s sometimes over-the-top and sometimes trivialized, but it’s all done in good humour,” he says. The performance has four different scripts that are “high energy and in short bursts of 20 minutes.” And Singh, who completes 10 years in theatre in December, says, “I have done evenings like this before. It works with the audience, who have gotten into a T-20 mode even with theatre.” The familiar set-up of a restobar where all these stories transpire adds to the light tone of the production.

    The playlist
    All about Al, directed by Murali and featuring Prashant, Akash, and Shivani, is a funny tale of a guy who intends to break up with his clingy girlfriend but rethinks his decision after a friend he confides to expresses interest in dating her. Date with the Stranger, Singh’s favourite piece which stars himself and Krithika, has two strangers who meet at a coffee shop, fall in and out of love, break up, and move on, all in 17 minutes. This is followed by Thiruvananthapuram, a quirky tale about the place and characteristics of people from there. Rounding up the evening is Singh’s offering, Interrogation, featuring himself and Juhi, which looks at the mixed feelings evoked when a person you have broken up with has moved on successfully.

    Global feelings, local stories
    Although his stories originally had an American setting, Amit didn’t face any problem ‘Indianizing’ them since the emotions involved are universal. “Young people of Chennai are no different from those of New York; their thought processes and dreams are the same,” he remarks.

    At Alliance Francais on December 1.

    —Ashwini Shivaraman

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