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Theatre buffs queue up for a 10- day treat.

A COLD winter evening is never a deterrent for the city's theatre buffs, who like always, turned up in big numbers for the opening play of the Old World Theatre Festival on Friday evening at the India Habitat Centre.

It was the Mumbai play, Mahesh Dattani's Dance Like A Man , that launched the festival. Presented by Primetime Theatre Company and directed by Lilette Dubey, it managed to entertain and stir the audience with powerpacked performances by the cast -- Vijay Crishna, Suchitra Pillai, Joy Sengupta and the director herself.

The play, that moves back and forth over three generations, is a cocktail of shattered hopes, unfulfilled dreams, jealousy, sorrow and anger. It opens with the young Latha ( Pillai), a Bharatanatayam dancer, waiting to get recognition, bringing home her beau Vishwas ( Sengupta) to get her parents' consent for their marriage. What follows is a bitter spat between the parents, Jairaj ( Crishna) and Ratna ( Dubey) which brings out their idiosyncrasies. It was only later that one realised that the tragedies the older couple had witnessed in its youth had resulted in fissures between them, which only grew deeper with time.

-- The festival is on till December 12. Log on to www. habitatworld. com or dial 011- 43663333.

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