The Waiting Rooms has been performed 330 times. It has won many ‘Best Play’ awards nationally and internationally and has been acclaimed as one of the most entertaining plays of modern Gujarati theatre.
The Waiting Rooms is an attempt to do things differently from the usual slapstick humour, common in commercial theatre. Yet the need to co-opt with the larger establishment makes the play even more thoughtful and clichéd, seeing uncomfortable themes find 'happy' outcomes. The play guarantees many laughs, several wise audible nods, an exciting story line and a thrilling climax, thus cracking a perfect formula of being. The play is written by Prayag Dave and directed by Dhiraj Palshetkar. The Waiting Rooms, a woman-centric play is revolves around four women from different age-groups and different walks of life, and who come face to face for a few hours in a waiting-room at a train station in India. As such, there is only one waiting-room, yet the plural emphasised in the title, is perhaps suggestive of the inner 'waiting rooms' of these women.
The individual stories of each character are revealed in an interesting manner. One of them is typical Gujju character (Bhamini Gandhi), one a corporate executive (Pooja Damania), one a teacher (Shilpa Pandia) and one, a young, orphaned, independent modern girl (Hetal Dedhia).
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