The Gentlemen are back on stage
Anil Abraham’s much-loved and uproarious comedy, Gentlemen, is back on stage. From discussing performance issues, to safe sex through colourful characters such as a techie, a lonely senior citizen, a barber from Shivajinagar and more, the play uses humour to tackle topics that men never talk about, even amongst themselves.
“Most of the parts are the same from our earlier productions, but we have made a few inclusions based on the national climate. It is very dynamic that way. For example, the teenage character now talks about homosexuality and article 377,” Anil, who is a doctor by profession, tells us. The last character, a woman called Vaijayanthi, talks about issues that women face (the glass ceiling, for instance), but from the perspective of a man. All the issues are tackled with humour.
Ashvin Mathew, who plays the character of the techie, Chacko in the segment titled The Impotence of Being Earnest, says, “This segment deals with the topic of impotence. I think the men in the audience will go, ‘Macha yes da’”, whereas the for the women, it will be a revelation.”
The play has five monologues where the actors talk directly to the audience.“I’ve had several men, and even families come up to me and say we never thought it would be possible to be able to have a dialogue about this topic, but it was not at all uncomfortable. And that has been the aim of the play — to talk about such things. Things men normally never talk about, without squirming,” Anil sums up.
Till October 22, 4 pm and 8 pm. At Alliance Francaise, Vasanthnagar. Tickets (Rs. 300) on bookmyshow.com