Timeout 24-11-2007

All for a ‘pooka’

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 24.11.07
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All for a ‘pooka’
Mary Chase’s play Harvey narrates the delightful story of Elwood P. Dowd, a gentle and amiable bachelor, who has imagined for himself a companion, Harvey, a white rabbit that is over six feet tall and, interestingly, can be seen by none except Elwood himself. This has made the situation unbearable for Elwood’s widowed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, who have come to stay in the Dowd mansion. Elwood regards Harvey as a ‘pooka’, meaning a mythical being that can change shape and appear to certain people, often playing pranks. When Elwood starts introducing his ‘pooka’ friend to guests at a party, his society obsessed sister decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare the family any further embarrassment. However, a comedy of errors results in Veta Louise being mistakenly regarded as the patient. When Elwood resurfaces at the sanitarium looking for his friend, his delusion evokes sympathy from two renowned doctors and the head-nurse, Miss Kelly. Just before Elwood is about to be given an injection that will make him a “perfectly normal human being”, as Dr Chumley’s driver says, “and you know what bastards they are!”, Veta realises that she would rather let Elwood remain the person he is, even with his friend Harvey. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1945. Produced by Stagecraft and directed by Rohit Pombra.

lEvent: Play in English, Harvey, by Mary Chase, produced by Stagecraft lWhen: Today and tomorrow; 7 pm lWhere: Gyan Manch

art

November 24 - 30 at Nehru Children’s Museum; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings, glass painting and terracotta by 150 students of the Museum’s painting division. Till November 24 at G.C. Laha Centenary Fine Arts Gallery, 7 Chittaranjan Avenue, 1st floor, #65216931; 1 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of sculpture by Shekhar Das. Till November 24 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm - 8 pm: Canvas Artists’ Circle presents an exhibition of paintings and sculptures. Till November 24 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street; 2 pm - 7 pm, Saturday (10 am - 3 pm): An exhibition of paintings by Nemai Basu Majumder and Chandra Sekhar Basu Majumder. n Till November 25 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of drawings and paintings by Anup Sankar Paul and Snehangshu Das. Till November 25 at Metropolitan Art Salon, Suit 18, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, #22289719: The third solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Pratap Chandra Chakraborty. Till November 25 at By The Way, Taj Bengal; 3 pm - 6 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Souryeya Chakraborty. Till November 25 at Genesis Art Gallery, 8B Middleton Street; 2 pm - 7.30 pm: Divine Lovers, a solo exhibition of recent paintings of the Radha-Krishna series by Nitya Kundu. Till November 26 at Gallery Nakshatra, 2/1 Outram Street, 2nd floor; 12 noon - 7.30 pm: A Route to Eternity, a journey of Indian art from 1960s to 2007. Showcasing works by Avijit Dutta, Bratin Khan, Dhiraj Chowdhury, Manoj Dutta, R. Muralidharan, Prakash Karmakar, Prasenjit Sengupta, Partha Bhattacharjee, Ramananda Bandopadhyay, Shyamal Dutta Roy, Suhas Roy, Suman Roy, Sunil Das, Shuvaprasanna, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Sekhar Kar, Shipra Bhattacharjee, Sanatan Dinda, T. Vaikuntham and Wasim Kapoor. Till November 30 at Alliance Française du Bengale, 217 AJC Bose Road; 9.30 am - 6 pm: Improvisations, an exhibition of Susmit Biswas’ paintings.

PERFORMING ARTS

November 24 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan; 6 pm: The Jayanti Function features reading/ recitation by Santwana Bhattacharjee, Arup Basu and Bimal Dutta, and songs by Shantanu Bhattacharyya and Durba Bhattacharyya. November 25 at Andhra Association Hall, 13A Sahanagar Road; 6.30 pm: Telugu Vikasam Bhashotsavalu by Andhra Pradesh Adhikara Bhasha Sangham, Hyderabad, to be followed by Kuchipudi dance and Telugu folk songs. November 25 at CC&FC Pavilion; 8 pm: Open Doors presents A Father & Son Duo in Concert featuring Anjan Dutt and Neel Dutt.

DRAMA

November 24 & 25 at Gyan Manch; 7 pm: Stagecraft presents Pulitzer Prize winning play Harvey, directed by Rohit Pombra. November 24 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3.30 pm: Sansriti presents Sorjo-pora Chhai. Direction: Debesh Chattopadhyay. November 24 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Gandhar presents its latest production, Kachher Manush. Direction: Gautam Haldar. November 24 at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm: Nandipat presents Ramani Mohan. Direction: Prakash Bhattacharya. November 25 at Academy of Fine Arts; 2.45 pm: Spandan IPTA presents Anticlock, written and directed by Sangram Guha. November 25 at Mukta Angan Rangalaya; 6.30 pm: Shouvanik presents Fakka. Direction: Chandan Das. November 25 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Anya Bhuban, Samikshan’s latest production, directed by Pankaj Munshi. November 25 at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm: Ekush Shatak will stage Krishna Ranga. Direction: Loknath Bandyopadhyay. November 25 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Natya-Ranga presents Megapod. Direction: Sohan Bandyopadhyay. November 25 at Tapan Theatre; 6.30 pm: Niva Arts and Lok-Krishti present Krishna Gahwar. Drama, direction & acting: Bratya Basu. November 25 at Pyari Mohan Library Hall; 6.30 pm: Belghoria Ethic presents Sthananka (N), directed by Debashis Sengupta.

TALK

November 24 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 5.30 pm: Swami Tattwajnanananda will speak on Kenopanishad. November 24 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 5.45 pm: Discourse on Sri Adhyatma Ramayanam by Swami Satprabhanandaji Maharaj. November 24 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Paramatmananda will speak in Bengali on Manovijnan O Atmatattwa.

FESTIVAL

Till November 24 at Sankara Hall, 93 Southern Avenue; 7.30 am - 10 am: Guruvayur Ekadasi Celebrations, hosted by Sree Guruvayurappan Bhajan Samity, concludes with Sampoorna Narayaneeyam.

QUIZ

November 24 at Dalhousie Institute, 42 Jhowtala Road: The Telegraph presents the 29th annual Axis Bank Argus Open Quiz. Quiz Master: RM Sen. No entry form or fee. Spot registration by any four-member team from 4 pm to 4.30 pm. Elimination round begins at 5 pm sharp. November 25 at Anandapuri Primary School, Barrackpore: MAM-Q organises a quiz contest for (1) Junior group: students upto class X and (2) Senior group: open to all. Topic: general. Spot entry closes at 10.30 am. Details at #9231993632.

READING

November 25 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 11 am: Professor P. Lal reads Sanjaya's report of Duryodhana persuading reluctant Salya to become Karna's charioteer in combat with Arjuna, by comparing Salya to Krishna and narrating how Indra accompanied Brahma to win a favour from Siva, in the 400th weekly session of his sloka-by-sloka English transcreation of Vyasa's Mahabharata.

CHILDREN’S EVENT

November 25 at Starmark, 3 Lord Sinha Road; 3.30 pm: Starmark’s Startrekkers will be taken on a ‘wild trip’ by Sabyasachi Chakraborty (Feluda) and Kathakar’s Mira and Daleep Kakkar. Children can look forward to a ‘Jungle-Mangal-Bugalee-Boo’ time with wildlife stories and audio-visuals. For more details, call Gayatri at 98301 70296.

JOB FAIR

November 24 & 25 at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra, beside Eden Gardens; 10 am - 6 pm: naukri.com hosts a job fair with over 2000 jobs from leading brands and multiple industries.All those who wish events to be included in this column should write not less than a week ahead to: Time out, The Telegraph, 6, Prafulla Sarkar Street, Calcutta-700 001; Fax: 2234-8244

All those who wish events to be included in this column should write not less than a week ahead to:

Time out, The Telegraph, 6, Prafulla Sarkar Street, Calcutta-700 001;
Fax: 2234-8244