Te Auaha Theatre; September 19, 2018
Reviewed by Alexandra Hickman, Samuel Marsden Collegiate
Remarkable, welcoming and comforting are a few words that easily spring to mind when describing the sequel to the well-received Krishnan’s Dairy, Mrs Krishnan’s Party. Indian Ink is, once again, pulling heartstrings, continuing the story as Mrs Krishnan moves on with life after the death of her husband. Welcomed into her home by optimistic, fun-loving James, we immediately become the heart of the party and are immersed in the tales of the characters as we soon learn that not everything is quite what it seems, for good and for bad. With aspects of a detailed drama and an interactive show aiming to get its audience thinking, Mrs Krishnan’s Party is a unique experience no one should miss.
In Mrs Krishnan’s Dairy, people of all walks of life are brought together, united in confusion, anticipation and fear, to celebrate the South Indian harvest festival of Onam, in a show where nothing goes quite as expected. Rogers’ and Nagarajan’s brilliant mix of improv, script and pure comedic talent make the show. While Mrs Krishnan’s Party will definitely have you laughing from the moment you arrive, the subtle themes of the show hide a deeper message, prompting audiences to consider the true meaning of family, life’s purpose and grappling with change.
The intimate feel is well-created and nurtured throughout the show as the actors move among you and you truly become a part of the plot. With a two-person cast, it is often difficult to keep the wanted atmosphere but both Kalyani Nagarajan (Mrs Krishnan) and Justin Rogers (James) never fail to entertain. Both actors Rogers and Nagarajan add comedic flair as well as bringing the theatre to an absolute standstill in those tense moments when you could hear a pin drop. For Indian Ink fans, this was a unique peek into the background of Krishnan’s Dairy, with a set that more than makes up the behind-the-scenes of our imagination.
Mrs Krishnan’s Party is a truly one-of-a-kind experience and one that should not be skipped. Mrs Krishnan’s Party will continue to feature in Wellington until September 29th and booking tickets is definitely worth it for a night out of heart-warming, quality theatre.