Date(s) - 20/10/2017 - 22/10/2017
Alliance Francaise de bangalore
Skinny Dipping Productions
Written and Directed By Anil Abraham
Date & Time:
Friday, 20th October 2017 @ 8pm
Saturday, 21st & Sunday, 22nd October 2017 @ 4pm & 8pm
Alliance Francaise de Bangalore
Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore
Online Bookings :
+91 98456 02265
“Hilarious, sensitive, earnest”
– Deccan Herald
“Anil Abraham’s answer to The Vagina Monologues”
– Mid Day
“An inspired piece of drama; funny, humane, comic”
– Allen Mendonca (Late)
Anil Abraham’s hit play returns to Bangalore after a wildly successful run in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012. The play often referred to as a hybrid of theatre and stand-up comedy, is a hilarious take on men’s obsession with fallacies and phalluses. Gentlemen features some of Bangalore’s most respected and well-known acting talent including Ashvin Mathew, Anil Abraham himself, Ajith Hande, Rajeev Ravindranathan and Kirtana Kumar.
‘Gentlemen’ is a short play that discusses issues that men normally do not talk about. Five characters interact and discuss their problems in a monologue format on a single stage.
The first character is Chacko, a young software techie who is recently married. He discusses ‘performance anxiety’ and how it impacts martial life, with generous doses of humour.
Next Shoaib, a barber tells us about his issues with his wife while touching on the complexity of using protection during his interactions with his spouse. He is a quaint, colourful character who weaves Bollywood and politics into his narrative of a touchy issue.
Then we have Shailesh, a young teenager on the threshold of life. He is discovering his body and the myths and misconceptions that society feeds him. His process of self-discovery and wonder at the joys of fulfillment are shared with the audience.
Ramalingam represents the senior citizen – lonely and a little vulnerable. And yet full of life and with a zest for living. The health problems that plague him do interrupt his narrative – but he offers us a glimpse into his colourful life – filled with touches of humour and pathos.
The surprise packet is the last character – Vaijayanthi – a young lady who invades the stage and puts things in perspective. She caps the performance by linking the characters and offering another point of view.
‘Gentlemen’ is a play in monologue format that touches on socially and emotionally embarrassing issues by camouflaging the message with humour and a humane touch. Music plays an integral role in the play.