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Playwright Anosh Irani

Bombay Black

by Anosh Irani

A Rohit Chokhani Production
Part of Diwali BC Celebrations in Nanaimo

Thursday to Saturday, November 15-17 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 17 at 2pm
VIU’s Malaspina Theatre

The lives of an Indian exotic dancer and her embittered mother are altered when a blind stranger visits them. Poetic, mythic, and brave, Anosh Irani’s 2006 multiple Dora Award-winning Bombay Black is a searing play set in the bitter reality of India. This play is funny, violent, and humane,  and directed by Mumbai-born, Jessie and Fringe award-winning Indo Canadian producer Rohit Chokhani.

In this re-imagination, it is for the first time the play is being presented from the perspective of the blind man. An early version of this production won the Pick of the Fringe award at Vancouver Fringe Festival 2017 and had a sold-out run after the first show wowed audiences with its unique vision. It was picked by the Georgia Straight amongst the 20 best shows on Vancouver stages in 2017 and was also one of the runners-up for the Georgia Straight Critics’ Pick award for Vancouver Fringe festival in 2017.

Funny / Poetic / Multicultural / 115 minutes /15 min. intermission /  14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Violent Content / Fog

* Photo Credit – Zahida Rahemtulla

** The images are from the 2017 Vancouver Fringe festival production. Some cast members will be changed for the TheatreOne presentation of this production.

Awards/ Accolades for the 2017 Production: 

  • Top 5 shows at the Fringe picked by Global News TV
  • Top 7 show at the Fringe picked by Vancouver Sun
  • Top 7 show at the Fringe picked by Vancouver Province
  • Top 10 show at the Fringe picked by Vancouver presents
  • Picked by Vancouver Courier for a show to watch as a part of fall arts preview
  • Top shows at the Fringe pick by East Van picks
A Rohit Chokhani Production

Press Quotes:

“This is one of the most harrowing, unsettling, and mesmerizing plays I’ve ever seen. Ten hours after leaving the theatre, I’m still shaken by its uniquely poetic horror, and marvelling at the complexity of what acclaimed playwright Anosh Irani weaves in Bombay Black’s dense 75 minutes. The performances are all stellar, but Kanji is unforgettable as the diabolical Padma, who belongs in the hall of fame of horrifying fictional mothers “ – – Andrea Warner for The Georgia Straight

“Blackest RomCom for deepest Kalyug. CultchLab lights up with Magic Realist vision of a City of Dreadful Night” – – Liconln Kaye for Vancouver Observer

“Three powerful performances! Bombay Black, written by award-winning Anosh Irani, is full of pithy comments on life but it’s also heavy on metaphor” – – Jo Ledingham

“This SCRIPT! There is a reason that this script won multiple Dora Awards. It is challenging, tender, lyrical, funny, and tragic: it is beautiful. The roles are complex, the language is poetic, and the story is unpredictable and compelling” – – guest critic Deneh’Cho Thompson for Colin Thomas

“ . . . promisingly written . . . a masterful blend of eroticism and mystery”- -Toronto Star

“Irani entwines fantasy with reality . . . a moving story.”- -Time Out Mumbai

“Bombay Black asks its audience to reflect on motivations for human nature and dwell on life’s big questions, even as they suspend their disbelief” – – Torontoist

“Nimet Kanji’s burn as Apsara’s mother is beautiful to watch in its all its cruel glory. A balance of madness, hate, the black humour in Irani’s script is her plaything. The realistic scenes between Apsara (Agam and Sharma) are at times electrifying” – – Vancouver Presents

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