A Midsummer Night’s Sapana — Nepali adaptation of English playwright William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream — has the power to make you laugh out loud with humorous tone, witty dialogues and characters’ stupidity. Directed by Sunil Pokharel and being staged at Shilpee Theatre, Battisputali from March 17, the play narrates the story of love.
King Tri Chandra Jung (Safar Pokharel) is preparing for his marriage. Then Akkalman (Suraj Chaulagain) enters the palace to solve his problem with the King’s help — he wants his daughter Heera (Aishwarya Devkota) to get married to Kiran (Avas Adhikari). But Heera is in an affair with Lalit (Sangit Sapkota). On the other hand Hemlata (Sagun Pokharel) loves Kiran and wants to get married to him, but her love is not reciprocated. Akkalman wants a punishment for his daughter Heera if she disobeys his will. The king then gives Heera a chance to make her decision, but with a warning — she would either be sent to a convent or would be executed if she goes against her father’s decision. The love story of four young hearts takes a different turn when they reach a forest.
For those who have already read the play, it is no suspense. Yet it is a fun production. The comical play keeps you glued to your seat and makes you laugh till the end. What amuses you most is the characters’ stupidity. Chature (JD Tamu), a servant of the forest king Indra (Bijay Tamrakar), makes the play more humorous with his silly mistakes. You feel like correcting his mistakes for him.
But it is Bale (Anil Subba), one of the actors rehearsing for a play to be staged during the king’s wedding ceremony, who steals the show with his dancing skills, caricatures and his role as Kamdev. Subba scratching on body parts and performing with a pig’s mask are hilarious.
However, unnecessary music and dances make the play a long watch — they can be removed from the play.
The flower swing and mask of pig among other props elevate the play’s fun quotient. Lights used to show the sunset and sunrise are appealing.
Pokharel has directed a successful play — he has cast large number of actors justifiably while making it a fun watch.
The play is being staged everyday at 5:00 pm except on Tuesdays till April 2.
A version of this article appears in print on March 27, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.