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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Final Week for Quantum’s "Brahman/i"

Posted By on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Last year, Quantum Theatre turned a synagogue into a 1930s Italian villa. This month, the troupe has remade a former church (now a community center) into a comedy club for this singular show about a character with an unconventional gender identity.

click to enlarge Sanjiv Jhaveri in "Brahman/i" - PHOTO COURTESY OF HEATHER MULL
  • Photo courtesy of Heather Mull
  • Sanjiv Jhaveri in "Brahman/i"
Playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil’s one- (technically, two-) actor work is billed as “a one-hijra stand-up comedy show.” It’s very smart, quite funny and, ultimately, rewardingly strange. However, it feels less like what you’d see in most actual comedy clubs — a series of bits strung together, with lots of feeding off the audience — than a cleverly scripted, evening-length comic monologue a la Eddie Izzard.

That’s the opposite of a complaint: I’m always up for unabashedly intellectual, humorously essayistic riffs on art, culture and history. The character Brahman/i weaves in an extended metaphor about the Indian subcontinent’s romantic relationship with China; an hilarious, illustrated take on saucy Hindu temple relief sculptures; and a quite Izzardian sequence on Galileo’s little tiff with the Church. (“Heliocentrism!”)

The amazing Sanjiv Jhaveri, a New York-based actor, brings it all to life, including the show’s rather moving concluding twist.

Here’s Michelle Pilecki’s review of the show for CP.

Brahman/i has five more performances, daily tomorrow night through Sunday. Tickets are $38-46.

The “Temple of Comedy” is located at 113 N. Pacific Ave., in Garfield.


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