Life Stories

What a terrific evening of Bengali and English language theatre. The Kushilob theatre company in Delaware, I know from past experience, doesn’t shy away from Realist plays that address topical dilemmas and social issues, but their performance in Wilmington on on 6/19/22, part of an evening of 3 short plays in collaboration with Epic Actors’ Workshop (NJ) and Ebong TheatriX (DC) entitled “Theater in Life,” was a bold endeavor.

When I go to sleep haunted by the show I’ve seen, still turning it over in my mind, I know I’ve experienced a night of great theatre with a purpose to challenge our assumptions, not reassure us. We have Hollywood and Broadway for that. As has been said by others more elegantly over the years, I know something has truth in it if it troubles me, and all of these shows had that impact.

Evoking for me everything from Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls… and