“Home Is Where Your Clothes Are”- A Lovely Treat For Your Weekend

The_Crew.jpgShah Sharahbeel and his crew have done a wonderful job in reviving the theatre scene in Islamabad and the initiatives of this crew have been successful in adding a vibrant cultural essence to the capital city. With 18 hit plays such as Phantom of Opera, and Bombay Dreams under their belt in just four years time, the team has been able to establish a loyal fan following who eagerly look forward to their next act.Credit goes to Islooites as well for supporting this burgeoning form of art and showing an eclectic taste for it. As Shahrabeel pointed out himself at the end of the play that Islamabad has proved to have shown the distinction of having a taste for theatre better than Lahore or Karachi. Their recent act “Home Is Where Your Clothes Are” showing at the Islamabad Club is a highly recommended treat for your weekend.

Scene_From_The_Play.jpgThe play is about the plight of a retired major Alon who has rented out his wife’s place to multiple tenants. Retired and divorced by his wife for his adjutant and best friend, Ronald Major Alan Buxton manages to barely eke out a living by his wife’s flat out to two tenants, Radhika an Indian woman, and Phillip a young lawyer. Of course neither one knows of the other’s existence. But when on one fateful evening when both tenants decide to stay over the same weekend, the major finds himself in a “difficult situation” to keep the pair apart. Throw in the return of his wife and her new husband and several other unexpected visitors and you have a perfect recipe for a riotous disaster.

I would not spill the beans here because the play is worth watching if you are looking for a roller coaster ride of two hours filled with comedy, humor and performance that would leave you in fits of laughter. Kudos to Shah Sharahbeel and his crew, most of who are amateur actors, for adding value to the society by providing the means for a healthy entertainment, and establishing a tradition of following strict timings. Believe me the play will start at 8:00 pm and will end at 10:00 pm. There were hoards of people standing outside the hall who were late, and were not allowed inside, after the doors were closed. Very rightly so too, and I really appreciate the initiative.

The play shows for two more days, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of December at the Islamabad Club. Tickets (Rs 500)are available at “Illusions” gift shop in F-7, and F-6 Markaz. So hurry up, don’t miss it, and please share your comments and views here with us at the Islamabad Metroblog.

4 Comments so far

  1. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

    No relation with content of this post but title actually reflecting what I have been going thru here in Islamabad. Cold weather,long stay and less shirts. I miss Karachi- “sigh”


  2. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

    Quite a complex-knit up; sounds interesting nevertheless.

    Though this time, the advertising billboards erected in town did NO justice to play (from what I read here and in Dawn today) :\ Looking at it always reminded me of Pak-India cricket match :>


  3. Fatima Shakeel (unregistered) on December 8th, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

    Lol @ Pak-India cricket match. =) The adverts always reminded me of a political cartoon or something out of clipart.

    I missed out on this play, I’m afraid. But the theme seems very familiar. Probably because several theatre productions have been done in Islamabad in the past couple of years in which some guy finds himself in a ‘comically difficult situation’ trying to keep people apart. Perhaps certain directors now deem it a formula that works every time. =)

    I did hear though that there was quite some controversy surrounding this play. I believe there was a scene that was taken out of the show after a few evenings, because audiences and patrons were disgusted by the sexual content. I wonder why the play folk included it in the first place – this is Islamabad, not the West End. =)


  4. backpacker (unregistered) on December 8th, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

    Well Shah Sharahbeel did post a caveat at the beginning of the play that he has a history of ending up in scandels, and he did “warn” in advance that the play did have some tricky scenes, but the public should rest assured there was nothing implicit about it. And what sexual content?!?! There was no sexual content. It was just some plain humour. But I do agree that our “introvert”, “shy”, and “Dravidian” population is not ready for it. After all our “value systems” are best in the world. We have conqured the whole planet through them. Hence instead of such conservative people not showing up on the play, they managed to modify the play itself! But there is a whole background to it that why the people in the sub continent are like that. Goes back to a history of thousands of years which a famous traveller of Pakistan once shared. But that would call for another complete post, and I don’t think it has any relation to Islamabad. For now, I just hope they don’t book the poor Shah… Thank god I managed to see the play on the first evening without any censorship, otherwise I am sure it must have become some “clip-art” during the later evenings….;-)



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