POST: FringeNYC's 'Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan' - what brothel workers go through
What's it about?
Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan was about a 16-year-old girl who was cursed from birth to become a prostitute for her mother. It is a monologue that shows what brothel workers go through on a regular basis.
The play was in a small black box theatre, and it was basically a one woman show. I have been to a one woman show, but it was a more humorous topic. It was hard to watch this show about a serious topic. And after a serious show, I usually feel hopeless but I didn't feel like that after watching this show. I felt hopeful. She was a sacrifice, but a sacrifice for a better future. I am sure of that.
The actress playing the main character, as well as every other character, often switched/varied voices and personas to convey to us that a new character was speaking. For me, it was a little to difficult to understand because the actress had a thick accent. But her accent didn't hinder the show, it made it even more compelling. She had this high energy and I was surprised that I could recognize the character being played before a name could even be said. I was sitting there and listening because I wanted to understand this experience.
My favorite part was when she taught us a couple curse words in her language, and had us repeat it back to her. Let's be real: when I learn a language, I always want to know the curse words. It was a fun moment and I'm definitely going to mention those words to my Indian friends when they ask if I know Hindi.
I also liked how she interacted with the audience. I have a shorter attention span than a goldfish, but I was captivated. When she was dancing and singing, I was encouraged to clap along to the beat.