Theatrewala Repertory premiered an adaptation of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s comedy The Bear on Wednesday at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Titled Ajab Jabor Bhalobasa, Saif Sumon has adapted and directed the play from Mobarak Hossain Khan’s Bangla translation of the Russian drama.
‘Ajab Jabar Bhalobasa is a simple comedy and does not transport any serious message. Rather it intends to give rounds of laughter among the audience’, said director Saif Sumon.
The one-act comedy revolves around three characters- a grieving widow named Prova who has recently lost her husband, her timorous butler Sabur and a debt collector Navid Khan.
Thanks to the actors’ skill of articulating the conflict of wit between, especially between the widow and the debt collector who comes to recover loan of her husband, created humour among the viewers.
The chamber drama takes place in Prova’s drawing room, where she had confined herself for seven months since the death of her husband to mourn as she had promised her husband to remain forever faithful.
She ignores her butler Sabur’s request to stop mourning and go outside to refresh herself.
The play takes a new turn when Prova falls in love with the debt collector by forgetting her pledge that she made to let late husband of remaining loyal for ever.
Artistes of different troupes performed in the play. Sangeeta Chowdhury of Natyakendra and Ramiz Razu of Prangonemor were very impressive as Prova and Navid Khan respectively. Riaz Hossain of Theatre Art Unit also earned acclaim for his spontaneous acting in the role of Sabur.
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