Live, love, laugh – that should be the motto for our everyday life. Unfortunately, this year has been one of stresses and a big economic worry for Pakistan. A lot of things have changed and these changes might be good for us in the long-term, but right now they are worrisome to say the least. In the midst of all this tension and chaos, NAPA (National Academy of Performing Arts) has arranged the Karachi Laughter Festival. When I first heard about this event which will take place on the 9th of January, I was very confused. A festival of humor and laughter – what does that even mean? But when I searched on it, I found some really interesting stuff.
This 10-day event will have everything that can possibly make you laugh. Good Luck Darlng directed by Farhan Alam, will be performed on the first three days. It follows Seth Razzak’s daughter who has divorced her husband. Seth Razzak’s fortune is stuck in his daughter and son-in-law’s joint back account – which they can’t access now that they’re divorced. Chased by debtors, Razzak badly needs this money. Go watch the play to find out if Razzak gets his money back! Another act I am looking forward to is called Beech Bahar ki Raat ka Sapna which will be played from 23rd to 26th January. It is adapted by Khalid Ahmad and directed by Syed Meesam Naqvi. It is an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. The story follows a feuding Fairy King and Queen crossing paths with four young lovers and a theatre troupe rehearsing a play in an enchanted forest. Mischief, magical transformations, mistaken identities, and love triangles abound in this fantastical, dream-like world. If you’re in Karachi during these dates, don’t forget to drop by and support the festival.
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