‘The Good Doctor’ mesmerizes audiences with his witty remarks

LAHORE:


A new play titled The Good Doctor by the Lahore Amateur Theater Zealots (LATZ) portrays a writer’s stream of consciousness using ‘Method Acting’ as a theater technique.

Directed by Tughral Turaab Ali and produced by Huma Zaman, the play is performed at Alhamra Hall on Mall Road, Lahore. It will also be presented on September 23 and 24 at the same location.

The production uses satire and humor to critique different social issues throughout the play. This not only elicits laughter from the audience, but also captures their interest and makes them think.

The two-hour piece begins with a monologue from a struggling writer who creates stories in his stream of consciousness. Although the short stories are not related to each other, they describe the creation of the writer’s mind.

Not only the streams of consciousness of the writer but also those of the characters are presented in front of the public. Short story characters interact with each other which are depicted through dialogues and the thoughts that come after these interactions are depicted through monologues.

All characters that are either part of the story or part of a scene remain on the scene.

The director says he used the “acting method” as a technique for this play. He was introduced to this method during his studies in France. The method was developed by Lee Strausberg.

According to its definition, method acting is a psycho-physical model in which actors are encouraged to explore the emotional inner lives of their characters and use emotional memory to create a realistic performance both verbally and physically.

Actors are instructed not only to use memory emotionally, but also to fully immerse themselves in memory, called substitution, and to use imagination and physical senses accordingly.

Actors don’t play characters so much as those characters become, even temporarily.

Turaab says this is the first time this kind of theater is performed in Lahore. There is a risk in this due to the complications of the method of action and its plot, he adds. However, the actors managed to produce it to an admirable standard, he says.

One of the play’s many outstanding memories is the use of witty remarks and satire to draw the audience’s attention to social issues. The technique also makes the piece light and captivates the audience.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 24and2017.

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