ASAP`s Reservoir Dogs Stage Play | ASAP Reservoir Dogs Article

Published: 23rd September 2009
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The word theater means a place for seeing. The two most common types of theatre plays are comedy and tragedy, symbolised bythe theatre masks. The first known theatrical event was a performance of the sacred plays of the myth of Osiris and Isis in 2500 BC in Egypt.This story of the god Osiris was performed annually at festivals throughout the civilization, marking the beginning of a long relationship between theatre and religion.

The ancient Greeks began formalizing theatre as an art, developing strict definitions of tragedy and comedy as well as other forms, including satyr plays. Like the religious plays of ancient Egypt, Greek plays made use of mythological characters. The Greeks also developed the concepts of dramatic criticism, acting as a career, and theatre architecture.

Western theatre continued to develop under the Roman Empire, in medieval England, and continued to thrive, taking on many
alternate forms in Spain, Italy, France, and Russia in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The general trend over the centuries was away from the poetic drama of the Greeks and the Renaissance and toward a more realistic style, especially following the Industrial Revolution. A uniquely American theatre developed with the colonization of North America.

The history of Eastern theatre is traced back to 1000 BC with the Sanskrit drama of ancient Indian theatre.Chinese theatre
also dates back to around the same time.Japanese forms of Kabuki, Noh, and Kyogen date back to the 17th century AD.OtherEastern forms were developed throughout China, Korea, and Southeast Asia.The most popular forms of theater in the medieval Islamic world were puppet theatre (which included hand puppets, shadow plays and marionette productions) and live passion plays known as ta'ziya, where actors re-enact episodes from Muslim history. In particular, Shia Islamic plays revolved around the shaheed (martyrdom) of Ali's sons Hasan ibn Ali and Husayn ibn Ali. Live secular plays were known as akhraja, recorded in medieval adab literature, though they were less common than puppetry and ta'ziya theater.

The stage adaption of Quentin Tarantino's classic Reservoir Dogs was an experiment, an experiment gone wrong. Blame it on Evam that Chennai is so used to comedy on stage that it becomes a hard attempt to stage an action-drama and get bocquets.
A novel attempt, 70 percent of ASAP's Reservoir Dogs was done on stage while the remaining was filmed and projected on a screen on stage. However, the transition could have been smoother. The scenes after the botched robbery attempt was performed live while the planning scenes was shown on film.

There was a lot of blood and violence on stage, but scenes like the torture scene didn't yield the desired results. The torture scene was not as horrific as it is supposed to be.

However, the use of guns on stage were quite good and managed to make the audience jump on their seats and even wake up a few though the last two shots failed to go off!

Reservoir Dogs is basically about a planned robbery committed by 6 strangers brought together by a local don, Ram, which goes horribly wrong.
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