‘Strike’ is a socio political presentation, from Comedian Agostinho, that throws light on the use of forced ‘bandhs’ by politicians and their goons and the effects on the general public.
The play opens with the arrest of the power minister who is charged with various acts of corruption. In retaliation, his brother Willie calls for a ‘bandh’ with the help of his goons. The roads are blocked, public is threatened and there is chaos. A citizen Jose has to go to work in fear of his pay getting cut for the day. He along with a friend Bosco dare to travel to work on a cycle and are stopped by the goons. Bosco is a tough guy and challenges the bandh.
Jose’s life is not all rosy with his wife Maria is in the final stage of blood cancer. He loves her and tries to get her to take all her medications, but she feels it is a waste of money. She only wants to see her daughter, who is studying in another state, before she dies. Unfortunately on the day of her checkup, the goons call for another ‘bandh’. Jose and Maria are stopped on the way and the result is tragedy. Then begins a vendetta, where the common man takes on the might of the goon.
The play has great dialogues from the opening act but the scenes depicting the suffering of a cancer patient are too drawn out. The cast does a good job. Dolla is Maria and later returns as the daughter in a fine performance. Newcomer Meena acts well, as the college student who uses her brother Bosco to teach the goons a lesson. The reliable Pradeep Naik gives a perfect performance as the poor Jose. Jaju plays the role of the politician and Willie his brother is convincing as a tough goon who is actually quite a coward. Filipe Almeida and Mario play the other goons. The best cast is Agostinho, who plays a double role as Bosco the tough guy and Tamatur the elderly husband with buck teeth; he is superb in both acts. Janet as his wife and Selvy as the ‘bailecho ixtt’ add humour to the play.
Nolvert (trumpet) Minguel (saxophone), Vilber (keyboard), Casmiro (bass) and John (drums) provide good music. There are songs by Dolla, Janet, Benny, Marcus Vaz and Willie. A trio from Selvy-Janet-Filipe is good, Jaju pays a beautiful tribute to the late president Abdul Kalam and Selvy’s comedy solo is a treat. All in all, this is an interesting show.
Tuzo-I Dis Yetolo
‘Tuzo-I Dis Yetolo’, this latest presentation from Roseferns is a tale that revolves around sacrifices of parents the ungrateful children.
The play opens with Angela waiting for her husband Simon to cut the cake on their son’s first birthday. Since he is a cop, he works late hours. Her brother Joe comes over followed by Simon. The happy family suddenly notices flames in the other room where the child, Mark, is sleeping. Angela jumps into the fire, saves Mark and gets burnt in the flames. Cut to the next act. Mark is a young man, Simon is retired and Angela is seen with scars on her face.
There is a builder Monteiro who is eyeing Simon’s ancestral property, but Simon refuses to sell. Problems begin when Mark falls in love with Elfia, who unfortunately is Monteiro’s sister. Simon is upset about the whole scenario. Mark then tricks the mother and plans to take over the property. Watch the rest on stage.
The play has a good script but an oft repeated theme. The characters are well introduced and that includes the way they change colours for their own advantage. The cast has Roma playing the loving mother; she puts up a fine performance and dresses well. Antonette (Maina) is the boisterous Elfia. Tari is superb as Simon, Roseferns is the cool headed Joe and Creto is fine as the ungrateful Mark. Rosario (Benaulim) is the evil Monteiro who keeps on telling everyone ‘it’s my life, it’s my style’. The rib tickling comedy has Nato, Richard, Dorothy and Reggie creating fun situations. Reggie is extremely funny as the African mother.
The band packs a lot of punch. There is Theo, Selwyn (trumpets), Flexon (bass), Ivo (drums) and Arif (keyboard). Rosario renders the opening song in style. There are other songs by Francis de Tuem, Antonette, Roma, Rosario, Roseferns and Creto. There is a political satirical song rendered by Richard and Nato. Over all the tiatr has good entertainment value.