Goa tiatr review: Tiatr 'Devachean'

The tiatr, 'Devachean', has been directed by comedian Joyel and written by UK-based comedian Agostinho Temudo
The tiatr, 'Devachean', has been directed by comedian Joyel and written by UK-based comedian Agostinho Temudo
The tiatr, 'Devachean', has been directed by comedian Joyel and written by UK-based comedian Agostinho Temudo Gomantak Times

Post-monsoon tiatr, Devachean, scripted by UK-based comedian Agostinho Temudo and directed by comedian Joyel carries a fine storyline, and the direction is equally good. It also has a good dose of suspense wrapped around it, with some twists here and there.

Jesus (Pascoal Rodrigues) and Fay (Crostina) are in love. They grow in the relationship, and the boyfriend promises that he will never ditch Fay.

A scene from the tiatr, 'Devachean', directed by comedian Joyel and written by UK-based comedian Agostinho Temudo
A scene from the tiatr, 'Devachean', directed by comedian Joyel and written by UK-based comedian Agostinho Temudo Photo: Mario Pires

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Jesus puts up with his father, Damodar (Eliterio), who is a Hindu by religion, and mother Lazarin (Mita), who is Catholic. On the other hand, Fay is an orphan and resides with her uncle (Benny de Aldona).

Undoubtedly Jesus is in love with Fay and wishes to take her as his life partner, but he does not know how to convey this good news to his father. However, he knows that his mom is very understanding and shares the news about Fay with her.

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Damodar is strict by nature and a highly diabetic patient. His sober wife, Lazarin, takes good care of him by providing his medicines on a daily basis.

As the days go by, Jesus’ father makes plans to get a marriage proposal for his son. Jesus gets tense and is confused, too. Damodar arranges a match for Jesus through his close friend and his spouse makes equal efforts to confess everything regarding Jesus and Fay.

A scene from the tiatr, 'Devachean', directed by comedian Joyel
A scene from the tiatr, 'Devachean', directed by comedian Joyel Photo: Mario Pires

A quick decision is made to get Jesus and Fay married. Talks are arranged between the two families. But, when Lazarin comes to see Fay, she is shocked. In a flashback, she realizes that she had helped Fay long ago when the latter had gone to the hospital for an abortion.

When Jesus and Fay get married, Fay’s ex-boyfriend Luke (Franky) appears from out of blue and he begins to blackmail her. What follows next is worth the watch during the second half of the drama.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Eliterio and Mita are projected as parents and they have displayed ample talent on stage. Pascoal Rodrigues and Crostina, as lovers, and then as newlyweds are presentable on stage. In the negative role, Franky displays talent and confidence. Benny de Aldona as Fay’s uncle is comfortable in his role.

For some laughter among the audience, Abuz (comedian Joyel) brings along with him Susu (David), Succorin (Flavia) and Shanti (Fiona) and all of them entertain with some clean jokes.

The tiatr, 'Devachean', has been directed by comedian Joyel and written by UK-based comedian Agostinho Temudo
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For those who enjoy listening to songs, there’s Franky on the stage for the opening song. There are also solos from Benny de Aldona, Tony de Ribandar, Pascoal Rodrigues, comedian David and Daniel, a teenager and newcomer on stage, but his renditions are appealing to the ears.

There’s also a duet from David and Fiona; and a rendition by Benny, Franky and Tony. A quartet by Franky, David, Joyel and Daniel is quite entertaining and they are welcomed again by the audience on stage.

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Musicians, Queter on the trumpet, Ashben on the saxophone, Mikeias on the keyboard, Casmiro on the bass and Anicet on the drums have provided good live music offstage.

As usual, Anthony de Ambaji has worked on the stage sets, and the expert on lights, Ratna, has handled the power system effectively.

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