Hello World from Agla Play.
I am a theatre enthusiast and have watched more than 50 theatrical performances in last three years alone.
Having watched so many actors, directors, scripts and theater groups, the challenge of choosing next play still bewilders me. Unlike movies and books,
- NO IMDb/RT or GoodReads: Unlike movies, there are no IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes for us which provide us with some normalized rating.
- Subjectivity: The art is always subjective. In the plays, the subjectivity difference takes on a whole new level. Even in those plays liked by the whole group, favorite scene is different for each individual.
- SAY NO BAD: Third but the biggest challenge is that the very few review sites which are there do not write anything bad about any play. Sometimes this is about their conservative approach due to (2) above. That is horse-shit in my opinion because then NOTHING in this world should be written bad about.
- Courtesy: Many a times, reviewers simply do not write bad things out of courtesy. [They will use all the boring, f****, absurd, long, over-stretched, pathetic and other adjectives when you ask in person]. It is tough, too. You see the performers in person. The actors are working so hard towards the play and the human element comes up. This again does not make sense to me because then no movie should be rated bad, too! A play may be involves 20 people, working on say, 4 months? A movie may involve 200+ people and the post-production itself may take double the amount of time. For the sake of the performers, it is important that they get true feedback so that they can work on it!
- Reviews with spoilers: The few reviews out there end up summarizing the whole story, killing the awe and shock of a first-hand experience of twists and turns.
The idea of aglaplay.com is to fill this gap, particularly for Mumbai residents who are interested in plays and live performances. I will try my best to grow this platform as a source of short, unbiased, spoiler-free reviews.
I welcome the readers to share your valuable feedback / comment with me through contact me link or through comments below.
8 thoughts on “Agla Play: Your guide to your next play!”
Spot On! Nailed it!
Your blog is such a relief from Corona noise all round. Have u stopped writing? Dont tell u afraid of Corona nd not u guys not going to watch any plays? LOL
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I searched for aglaplay hoping some game site or indian ludo games or something and found you guys. I very much liked the idea of he theatre and people like you supporting the art form. Highly appreciate!
Due to the influences of TV and ubiquitous media, our children are glued to the screen all time and it is such a sad state. Last year I asked my kid to go out in rain – to make a paper boat and flow it down the drain. My 5 year old refused saying he would get muddy! While this one is too young may be, but I am interested in some plays or theatre or performances for my 9 year old. Anything that you guys would suggest? May be it interests them and they see something outside screens. This Covid has only worsened the situation. can’t even ask them to get out now.
Anyways, your venture is very much appreciated!
Wish you all the very best
Hey team – anything you can suggest to watch online with this lock down thing??
I’m impressed, I have to admit. You’ve hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue that too few folks are speaking intelligently about theatre reviews. They are so biased at times, too! I’m very happy I stumbled across this in my hunt for something concerning this. Best Wishes! And the online play review was very good idea!
bookmarked!!! I really like your blog!
I used to go to these plays regularly…. Don’t know when theatre would return.