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Atlanta Theater Workshop Enthrall The Audience

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::Dr. Soumitra Chattopadhyay, Marietta, Georgia::

 

On March 2, 2013 Atlanta Theater Workshop (www.atltw.net) presented their third theatrical production, a Bengali comedy, “Ballabhpurer Roopkatha” (A Fairytale of Ballabhpur) at the 14th Street Playhouse in Midtown, Atlanta. This play by Padma Shri Badal Sarkar (1925 – 2011) who was also a recipient of Sangeet Natak Academy award is very well-known and has been translated and performed in many Indian languages.

The story revolves around the life of a poor descendant of a royal family, fondly called “Rajababu” by his neighbors.  He lives in the ruins of his ancestral palace that he desperately wants to sell to raise the money he needs to pay off his debt and start his own practice as a dentist.  The possibility of a prospective buyer interested to pay a visit leads to all the comedy situations.  The story has a lot of twists and turns, leading to an interesting climax.

All the components of the production from acting to lighting to sound to set design to props were very well executed and it was hard to believe that the actors are not professionals. Each and every one seemed as if born to the play the role. It will only be fair to mention all their names. They are in order of appearance Richa Sarkar, Arunava Saha, Anindya Mukherjee, Kanti Das, Kallol Nandi (also the Stage Manager), Santanu Bose, Joy Bhattacharya, Achintya Dey, Urmi Dutta (also the Props in-charge), Madhumita Bhattacharjee (also the Costume Designer) and Shantanu Basu.  Set Design was by Munmun Sen and Video & Photography was by Saikat Das.

During the Q&A at the end of the show, the play’s Director, Raktim Sen (who also scored the original background score and designed the lighting) quoted Viola Spolin to thank the audience. He said, "The audience is the most revered member of the theater. Without an audience there is no theater. … They make the performance meaningful." Going by the audience reaction of the full house, I can safely say that there was not a single soul in the auditorium who left unsatisfied. I for one cannot wait till Atlanta Theater Workshop’s next stage production.

 

Atlanta Theater Workshop Mesmerizes The Audience ...

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Atlanta Theater Workshop presented two One-Act Bengali plays by the noted playwright, Bimal Bandyopadhyay on Saturday, April 2, 2011 to a full house at Red Clay Theatre, Duluth.  The evenng started with a brief introduction by EmCee Richa Sarkar exactly at 5:30: PM. The first of the two plays, Ekti Obastab Golpo (একটি অবাস্তব গল্প - An Implausible Story) was presented in the first half of the show while The Pashupati Opera (পশুপতি অপেরা) was presented in the second half.

An intense scene from Ekti Obastab Golpo (Photo by Sanjoy Maity)

 

The final scene from Pashupati Opera (Photo by Shankar Sengupta)

 

What some of our audience said ...

"... I would also like to congratulate the whole team for their hard work & dedication. Honestly, we got something which was beyond expectation & from now onwards all our excuses for not producing a professional show will not work anymore. I feel we were very lucky to watch a drama like that in Atlanta. " -Richa

" ... It was worth experiencing it. It was well structured, contributed by talented actors and actresses and guided by a great director. Sound, lighting and set up was awesome. About set up,  I can say, it was so smooth that it looked like a work of a camera. At one point it was hard to believe that it was performing art on a stage and not a movie. Discipline and the teamwork played the key role. No doubt it was a group theater in the true sense of the term. ... Looking forward to see more quality production like this. Atlanta is proud to have you all." -Rai

"... Thanks for the perfect ending to last Saturday*. What a day!!!! I really enjoyed it. I loved the variation of 2 short plays instead of one, something different. I had a wonderful time. Thanks again." -Sonjukta
* India had won th ICC World Cup on Saturday, April 2, 2011 - the day of our show.

"... Ekti Obastob Golpo was a great combination of surprise, humor and drama. All the characters were spot on, came out very well. I was riveted to the play. Very well directed. Joy at the end delivered the punch, which also elevated the play. ..." Sudipto

 


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