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Oman's Original Theatre Festival to focus on satire, comedy


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Muscat: The Original Theatre Festival will focus on satire, comedy and "feel good" theatre this time around.

Brought to Oman by Eventful, the first three of the six plays will be held on September 11, 12, 13 and the others on September 17, 18 and 19 at the Oman Auditorium, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Muscat, from 8pm onwards, says a press release.

A K Various production led by Aakarsh Khurana and his inimitable team of actors will be joined by the production house The Company Theatre & Cinematography led by Rajat Kapur and Atul Kumar presenting three hilarious comedies based on Shakespearean plays.

A K Various will present the plays Some Times, Internal Affairs and Tuesdays with Morrie, production house The Company Theatre & Cinematography will bring  Nothing like Lear, Hamlet the Clown Prince and Pia Behrupiya.

The play Some Times to be staged on September 11 is written by Adhir Bhat and Bobby Nagra and is directed by Adhaar Khurana.

The play is about Paramjit Singh Duggal aka Pammi aka Doggie aka Parmeetay has problems bigger than his pet names. His mother wants grandchildren. His father wants him to join the family business. His boss wants way too much and pays too little. His girlfriend wants love, which is a concept he is not too familiar with. And he owes a mysterious man called Joseph some money.

Internal Affairs to be staged on September 12 is a new romantic comedy, with a history. In this day and age, with stressful workplaces, dysfunctional families, changing values and the shadows cast by sins from the past, what chance of survival does a normal relationship stand?

Tuesdays with Morrie will be staged on September 13.  The play describes the relationship between Mitch and Morrie, which is revived after a gap of 16 years when the older man is dying of degenerative nerve-disease. In a series of weekly meetings, every Tuesday, Morrie offers tender yet uncompromising life-lessons which ultimately help his "student" alter his hard-bitten, hard-driving attitude to himself and the world. It is not surprising that Mitch often refers to Morrie as "coach".

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