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Lifetime of letters


EVAM IS getting ready their third production, their Valentine's call for Chennai to "Come, fall in love all over again!!" It is Albert Gurney's best-known play "Love Letters", which for 14 years now has been a smash hit off Broadway, on Broadway, in any part of the world, in any language. Seen last in Chennai as "Tumhare Amrita" the script is a titillating narrative form. Gurney traces the life long correspondence between Andy and Melissa — stretching close to 50 years — a lifetime of letters celebrating a relationship, which is as unusual as it is beautiful, as exclusive as it is intimate. Except, that letter writing is not a linear process. The script explores in real time. Even as a letter is being read the recipient emotes and the audience can begin their piecing together.

This time round, Evam has decided to push the envelope a little further by getting two sets of actors to play simultaneously at two venues, a total of seven shows. Karthik Srinivasan, Karthik Kumar, Amrita Ramkumar and Suchitra Ramadurai who make up the two casts take turns performing at both the venues. Sets, lights, music, moves... will be identical. In fact, the evening we dropped in on them, on request, one team rehearsed the first half of the play, where one saw the young letter writers, followed seamlessly by the other pair continuing into the second half, playing the older couple, now in their fifties. The transition was so smooth one hardly noticed the change of actors! Music forms a strong, striking element in the play. The theme music, composed specifically for the production by Anil Srinivasan is worth every haunting note of it.

On February 13, at 7.30 pm — at Sivagami Pethachi Hall and at the Savera Hotel;

Feb 14 — 7.30 pm — Sivagami Pethachi Hall; Feb 15 — 3 p.m. and 7.30 pm; Sivagami Pethachi Hall and the Alliance Francaise. Tickets are available at Landmark, Fruit Shop on Greams Road, Amethyst, Odyssey and Fab India. Ticketing Help line: 98410 45448.

ELIZABETH ROY

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