Extended Review: Howzat

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Howzat sparked interesting discussions, even among us. Was it inconsistency in the performances – a weak opening night vs. refined second night show – or, a difference in perception from the reviewers? Lamya and Phil sat to discuss (debate?) their views on this production.

Whatever the critical perspectives on this particular play, The Camel Stub team applauds all on the team for delivering a script which is locally written in a contemporary environment and in a local setting. We often argue about whether we need to have more accessible content here… well, here you go.

Indeed, The Junction (a locally conceived, independent venue) managed to play host to two straight weekends of locally written, locally produced, full-length shows. Over the years, the performing arts scene in this country has changed significantly. The introduction of our criticism should not distract from the importance of this moment.

Please watch our extended review (above the article) where Lamya & Phil break down what worked and what didn’t. All-in-all, they agree on good performances with solid chemistry… but not much else.


The Event

Cast & Crew

Asad Raza Khan
Deepak Venugopal
Meghana M Fareed
Vicky Koumoutsou

Directed by Priyanka Johri
Written by Alex Broun and Asad Raza Khan
Asst Dir, Creative, Sounds, and Lights by Shihas Salim
Asst Dir and Production Help by Vaishali Balgu

Produced by Tall Tales Production and the Alex Broun Company

Details

Location:  The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai
Dates: December 15, 16 & 17, 2016 (4 shows)

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Phil Apaza

On and around the stage since age 7, Phil has been on nearly every side of it, both professional and amateur. He has been involved in over 100 productions, from major corporate and government events to playing an on-stage prop in a walk-on role.

Comments
  • T.#1

    December 20, 2016

    Great work guys, I was kinda on the fence about the play. There were definitely things I liked about the play, and things I disliked. But at the end of the day, I definitely enjoyed my time at the theatre and that’s what is most important. The actors did a good job, the script was good (if a little cliche), the jokes were funny (and made reference to current events, making them relevant, and not out-dated). We got to support the local talent (especially because this was a completely local production), and we need to encourage local writers and nurture that talent.

    The thing that really annoyed me was the premise of the play, and maybe because I am a desi girl who has lived in the middle east for a long time. I see so much prejudice at home between India and Pakistan, but I’ve never seen it here. I know it exists because of logic (I mean, when you grow up in prejudice, old habits die hard), but I’ve never seen/experienced it. I’ve had cab rides with Pakistani or Indian cab drivers talking about how they have experienced nothing but kindness from the other community, where they’ve expressed how ‘The Divide’ is politically motivated back home. So, the cliched premise… yeah. Especially here in Dubai. But I get it. I get how it can still be relevant. Because India and Pakistan is one of those things that will always be relevant. But it’s the context that threw me off. Anyways, I suppose that’s really nitpicking though.

    But yeah. It was enjoyable. And I had a great time. I particularly enjoyed Meghana M. Fareed’s performance. She was fantastic. I’ve don’t think I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching her perform before, but I’m glad I got to see her here.

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