During the 70 minutes of its run time, Just Theatre’s “Five Grains Of Sugar” has only a single character on stage – Rajkumar, who in his own words, is an ordinary man leading an ordinary life in small town India.
Rajkumar spends those 70mins of the play narrating anecdotes from his unspectacular life to the audience.
Doesn’t sound too exciting does it? And yet, it’s a compelling, eminently satisfying play.
Munish Sharma, the actor who plays Rajkumar, has an easy charm and perfect comic timing, making Rajkumar a very likeable character. He describes with gusto his small world, full of people like a pseudo-intellectual poet uncle and a mother with a love for action films – and you’re completely drawn in.
The props are an interesting assortment too: old boots used as flowerpots, blackboard and a bicycle, to name a few. Then there’s a mystifying action that Rajkumar keeps repeating during the play; that gets nicely tied in with the theme of the play towards the end.
If there’s one thing that didn’t work too well, it was the translation. (“Five Grains Of Sugar” was originally written in Hindi as “Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane”, later translated to English by Arshia Sattar.) Not that the translation’s shoddy, in fact it’s a pretty well-done job. It’s just that the play has a very Hindi feel to it, it doesn’t sound as natural in English.
Performances In Sep ‘09
This play is coming to Bangalore this month; it will be staged at Grasshopper, Kyra and Rangashankara. Go for it!
Grasshopper: 24th Sep 09 (8 PM)
Call 9845452646 for details.
Kyra: 25th Sep 09 (7.30PM)
Call 080-43419999 for details.
Ranga Shankara: 26th and 27th Sep 09 (3:30PM and 7:30PM)
Call 9845602265 for details.
Note – If you sit in the first row, be prepared to take a joke or two at your own expense!