Devdas and Chokher Bali
Devdas and Chokher Bali
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Devdas and Chokher Bali NYC Reviews and Tickets

57%
(18 Reviews)
Positive
33%
Mixed
45%
Negative
22%
Members say
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious

About the Show

Hypokrit presents a pair of reimagined Indian classics: ancient love story 'Devdas,' and 'Chokher Bali,' an examination of the lives of widows in 20th-century Calcutta.

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Member Reviews (18)

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70
Ambitious, Great dancing, Slow, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you have never seen Indian dance. Both companies have talented performers.

Don't see it if you need to understand what is happening as opposed to enjoying the performance. They assume audiences know the stories they are presenting.

48
Disappointing, Good concept

See it if you have a strong connection to Indian cultures and want to see family dynamics played out. Good concept but poor execution.

Don't see it if you expect professional actors, singers, dancers, staging, character development. Read more

50
Disappointing, Clever, Indulgent

See it if You know someone in the cast. It was presumed that I did (otherwise why would I have been there?). Good concept, poor execution.

Don't see it if You like top drawer Indian dance, classical or contemporary. The city is full of extraordinary performances, many highly recommended. Read more

65
Confusing, Great dancing, Quirky

See it if these are 2 separate shows. Devdas - great dancing, confusing & mostly unnecessary plot. Choker Bali - some decent live music, bad writing

Don't see it if you want great writing, acting (fairly uneven) or expect the plots to make much sense. Devdas has great dancing that may be worth seeing

50
Great dancing devdos, much to be desired in chokher

See it if you enjoy dance you'll like Devdas. Too bad they are paired - by itself it deserves a higher score

Don't see it if If you want to see the worst of Bollywood with such bad casting that two performers take down the whole experience.

62
Slow, Edgy, Epic, Confusing, Overrated

See it if You like Indian plays that are not fast paced. You are into dancing and like such interactions.

Don't see it if You don't like slower plays with dancing and stereotypes

10
Excruciating, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if if you have relatives performing in the show and you can't come up with an excuse not to go watch them.

Don't see it if you don't like an agonizingly long (at 80 minutes for Devdas!), amateurish and very poorly executed dance performance. Simply awful. Read more

65
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Great dancing

See it if You want to see a reimagining of two classic Indian tales. I didn't know the stories, so found them hard to follow.

Don't see it if You want a clear, concise story line. The actors' hard work was evident, but it was confusing.

Critic Reviews (3)

Theatre is Easy
November 23rd, 2016

"A creative weaving of a traditional story with modern music that truly succeeds in showing that tradition does not have an expiration date. 'Choker Bali' takes on the daring task of bringing traditional Indian customs together with modern culture and female sexuality, through the medium of Greek tragedy...Each character gets a spectacular solo moment of vulnerability that shows the deep pain common to all members of this love triangle, giving new life to this popular story line."
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Theatre is Easy
November 22nd, 2016

"'Devdas' tells a story of heartbreak and triumph through the medium of contemporary ballet while celebrating Indian culture...Though the ensemble pieces are mesmerizing, Badghi and Madiraju’s chemistry shines through it all...'Devdas' does an excellent job of blending classic tradition with a familiar reality-show format, which not only gives the female characters a larger role in the story, but also succeeds in keeping modern audiences invested."
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Theater In The Now
November 13th, 2016

"'Devdas': The director, Arpita Mukherjee, did a nice job telling the story...The choreographer, Swarali Karulkar, undoubtedly has a vast knowledge of dance, but the dancers were not as skilled in making her movements come to life...'Chokher Bali': There were too many actors with nothing to do on stage...There was not enough weight given to any choice made by the actors, nothing surprised their character."
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