LOVE ON THE BRINK
An absurdly comic tale about love and the pursuit of happiness
(Based on the Tony Award Winning smash Broadway hit ‘Luv’ by Murray Schisgal)
Produced and Directed by Lillete Dubey
Adapted by Sandhya Divecha
CAST ON SATGE:
Joy Sengupta, Kumud Mishra and Ira Dubey
Opened on Sunday April 18, 2010 at the Tata Theatre at the NCPA and has performed over 40 shows in Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi, Chennai, Dubai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi and Kasauli and also performed 6 shows at Watermans Theatre, London in 2011. It has also been invited to perform at various Festivals.
A comic satire on love and life… playful, thought provoking and definitely worth a watch.
– Mumbai Theatre Guide
Wickedly satirical… hilarious… with brilliant acting by three accomplished actors..vibrantly directed with an in-depth understanding of the absurd genre.
– The Tribune, Chandigarh
An existential comedy that mocks psychoanalysis and the commoditised, watered down version of love..this humorous satire hits home!
– Timeout , Mumbai
A satirical comedy that regales while it makes you reflect..the right balance of wit, seriousness and humour makes it perfect.
– Delhi Times
‘ Love on the Brink ‘ is a wickedly satirical and brilliantly comic story about three people who meet unexpectedly one dark night at the edge of the sea front.
There is Sudipto Bandhopadhya ( Bandy), an existentialist intellectual who has sunk so low that honest existentialists would disown him. He has no future except to jump off into the sea and is about to do so, when Pankaj Chopra ( Chops) comes along and intervenes. Chops and Bandy turn out to be college classmates. As Bandy, in his rags, reveals the depth of his despair, Chops a picture of prosperity, is all sympathy and then confesses that he too is full of frustration, because his wife won’t divorce him so he can marry the woman he loves.
Into this, Chops’ wife Amu appears, a beautiful and highly overeducated woman, and a triangle of the absurd ensues, that in the tradition of all great comedy revels in alienation, the loss of identity, inability to communicate, self expression and the meaninglessness of it all. And the more their woes increase, the more we laugh, as we recognise our own lives in their wildly funny misadventures, as they struggle to understand life, love, success and the pursuit of happiness.