ISLAMABAD: KopyKats Productions staged its fifth play May I Kill You? on Saturday night at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).
The audience was filled with people of all ages but the younger crowd seemed to enjoy the play more than others.
“The play was well directed and KopyKats always lives up to our expectations,” said Visham Shah, 16.
May I Kill You? is a comedy produced by Dawar Mehmood, directed by Shafqat Khan and written by Yasir Hussain. While the play was enjoyable it did not match up to KopyKats’ previous productions. One possible reason for this could be that KopyKats has been churning out plays in very short intervals of time.
The play revolves around six characters, Faraz, Sara, Sam, Advocate Taimuri, Jenny and Inspector John.
The story starts off with a well-choreographed but badly executed salsa dance featuring Sam (played by Saud Umer Khan) and his wife Sara (played by Anila Khan). The aggressive dance moves suggest tension between the couple. Sara, we find, will inherit a large sum of money if her husband dies.
Faraz (played by Dawar Mehmood), a stranger, walks into Sam and Sara’s house and witnesses Sam’s mysterious death. The rest of the play is Faraz and Sara trying to hide Sam’s body as other people keep on arriving in search of him.
Each new character that walks onto the stage creates a bigger mess than Sam’s death, and the story keeps the audience engaged until the end, which throws in a twist to the mix. The background music was well-composed and complemented the atmosphere of suspense.
Ms Taimuri, Sam’s advocate and friend (played by Sundas) performed well, with her quick remarks and perfect comic timing. Hareem Farooq as Jenny and Shafqat Khan as Inspector John gave splendid performances as well.
“At times, the play was predictable but the dialogue delivery and the comic timing was very good,” said Mariyam, 25.
“I enjoyed the music and the mix of Urdu and English dialogues,” added Ayesha from the audience.
KopyKats will continue to perform the play at PNCA until July 19.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2010.