The best and worst part of going to see a play- especially one which is VERY famous and is a mega-event! – is the run and rush to catch the best seats. Once you have settled down you get up again because you see much better seats right there. Oh no! All 15 of us won’t be able to sit there together! So you relocate again. Then once you are satisfied with the hustle- bustle of seats, position of the people (you see, a person with a large head, a lady with a bonnet or a woman with a child won’t do in front of you.) and the sight of the stage, you start looking at the chaos that the other people are making. Sigh! We were so lucky we got such good seats. Look at those other people struggle for seats! Ha-ha! You quite forget how much you yourself had struggled.
Then you check if you brought enough to hog on during the play. Good! You have enough to give the others too. Now where is the shawl? It’s an open air play so it was bound to get cool further on. You ma’am! Can you settle down please? I cannot see the stage due to your large head. Thank you. Hey look, there is Rohit! I didn’t know he had a taste for stage plays. Is that his girlfriend? Or is she his wife? Hmmm…
Is that the stage? C’mon! I could make a better one! Are those trees that they have painted? Is there a real curve to that wall or is it painted that way? It looks so artificial. Huh! A person comes on stage. Is that the costume? It looks so real! Of course, it IS real. Thank god we don’t have those kinds of dresses now! They must be so uncomfortable. Did they really wear so much gold then? How did their hands not just fall off? A voice booms in the ground. Welcome to the play… At last! The play has commenced! Is that how long they usually make the audience wait?
Then the lights go on. Actors come on stage. The act starts. You forget all the misgivings you had been giving to the playing-troop. And whoosh! You are transported to a completely different world- An ancient world of nobility and chivalry. You are completely awed and only one thought passes your mind- How could this have really happened? It seemed like another world, a different galaxy. Times, people, world and ways have changed so much! You are living the characters with the actors. The scenes unfold, the dialogues are told. You don’t move; not even to gobble the chips you have in hand. Your eyes just don’t want to blink. Your mind doesn’t want to miss even one word said just in case you don’t comprehend the story. One word could make a difference! Not one noise in the entire ground; everyone is entirely engrossed. Even if one person makes the mistake of standing up or moving- he is shoved down his seat again by the jubilant crowds. Every marvelous speech delivery gets applauded but you don’t applaud- you don’t want to waste time! You want to watch the next scene. Every minute detail is registered in the mind. You don’t want to miss anything. You are enjoying completely. You have lost yourself in the act. You are absolutely relishing the moments, the dialogues, the dances and the actors. You are living the life you never knew had ever existed.
The light goes off; the play is over. Everyone gets up to give a standing ovation to the outstanding play. But you don’t get up. Inertia; you are still in a daze. The play was over? Was it a play? No! It was perfection! Then it registers that you are the only one not applauding. You stand and reluctantly start clapping. You liked the play (of course), you loved it, but you just don’t want it to finish as yet. How could it get over already? Clapping meant that you were acknowledging that the play was over. Then you suddenly start clapping hard, with all your heart and soul, with all your energy. You are really grateful to the staff for making such a heavenly play!
People start getting out of the theatre. There is a complete traffic as all the people who had come to the play remove their cars- trying to be the first people to get out of the place (I have always wondered what would have happened if they weren’t the first… Would they have died? Gosh!). You make your way through and between the other cars and play ‘I Spy’ with the other people you had come with (Let’s see who sees my car first!). Ah! There it is! Everyone mounted the car and the car starts. The AC goes on. The radio starts its ceaseless banter. There is no sound from the children. The poor excited and exhausted dears are long asleep! When everyone is settled and the car is going on a consistent pace, everyone starts talking about the part they liked the most.