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    This weekend, Crea Shakthi explores drama and comedy through two separate plays

    The Crea Shakthi team has been very busy. If the city-based theatre group is not mentoring college drama clubs, they are conducting workshops and staging plays. This weekend, they have a double act planned—two plays, one in English and the other in Tamil. “We’ve always wanted to explore Tamil, so we staged Peanut Butter Urgai last year, a compilation of three short stories. It was well received and that encouraged us to make A Muthal Vi(th)thai, another compilation,” says Gautham Krishnan, one of the actors. Interestingly, the play does not have a director. Using devised theatre (where the story evolves through workshops), all the actors pooled their ideas to script it. The first story, Amarar Kalkiyin Veedu Thedum Padalam is a political satire, the second, Kaidhi, a period drama, and the last, Naagar Vanthirunthar, is a comedy. (August 29, at Alliance Française, at 3 pm. Rs 200.)
    The English play, Carnage, is based on Yasmina Reza’s French play, God of Carnage. A black comedy that explores the complexity of human behaviour, it is about two sets of parents who meet each other to discuss their children’s unruly behaviour, but soon their talk devolves into chaos. Starring members of Crea Shakthi and actors from their Spotlight Initiative (their workshops for theatre aspirants), Vaibhav Srinivasan, the director, says, “The entire play takes place in a living room. It was a challenge to direct a 90-minute single act play. I had to ensure that it didn’t get tiring.”
    August 30, at Harishree Vidyalayam Auditorium, at 3 pm and 7 pm. Rs 200. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
    Ranjitha G

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