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    As WE get closer to the finals of the on-going Short+Sweet festival, we talk to two prominent theatre personalities about who made the cut in week two and why they thought the plays deserved the ticket.

    Mr Politician
    a�?What I enjoyed about the festival is the ingenuity in the plots. In Mr Politician (about two women trying to meet a politician and manage getting on each othersa�� nerves), the plot comes alive towards the end,a�? says Aruna Ganesh Ram, artistic director at Visual Respiration, a performance company. However, she feels that directors should explore theatricality more. a�?Instead of focussing on the characters and dialogues, they should also explore the aesthetics of the crafta��make it visually more interesting, use the stage more,a�? she says.

    Heavenly Baddie
    Theatre artisteShaan Katari Libby is excited as she talks about her favourite. a�?Heavenly Baddie (about two men waiting beside the gates to heaven and hell) was brilliant, really funny. With a clever script, it was very well enacted, too. They didna��t over do it,a�? she enthuses.

    A Typist with Destiny
    Libby also liked the Tamil play about two bumbling speech writers who influence Jawaharlal Nehrua��s historic independence speech. a�?The direction was excellent. They used the stage very well and the whole thing was well thought out,a�? she says, adding that she is happy to note that it isna��t just youngsters performing this yeara��a lot of older actors are a part of it, too.
    Till July 27, Thursdays to Sundays, 7 pm to 9 pm, at Alliance Francaise.

    a��Surya Praphulla Kumar

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