Chekhov drama

Chekhov drama

Bangalore-based theatre director Anmol Vellani brings Anton Chekhov back to Ranga Shankara through three of the Russian playwright’s plays and one of his adapted short stories. Put together by Bangalore-based theatre group Rafiki, the plays include The Harmfulness of Tobacco, A Reluctant, Tragic Hero and Swan Song. The Diary of a Violent Man, a short story, has been adapted for the stage by Vellani as A Man With a Violent Temper.

The thread that binds the four plays is music, says Vellani. “There is no perceptible break between the four with elements of music setting the mood for each," he says. All four plays have a male protagonist who is dissatisfied with life and circumstances. In some way or the other, they all hold the woman in their lives responsible for their misfortunes. But as the plot proceeds, the inner weaknesses and failures become apparent and the audience wonders if they are creating a smokescreen to justify their drawbacks. The Harmfulness of Tobacco, for example, is about a man who is a smoker but finds himself in a situation where he has to deliver a speech on the harmful effects of smoking. He ends up talking about his wife instead.

An Evening With Anton Chekhov will show at Ranga Shankara, Bangalore, on 6 and 7 September. Tickets are available on www.bookmyshow.com and at Ranga Shankara.

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