D'Arranged Marriage 10th - 13th May, 2012 Written & Directed by Tarun Mohanbhai & Rajeev Varma Perform by Rajeev Varma Produced by Gardner & Wife Theatre Producer Natalie Chong
The story itself revolves around the character of 29-year-old Sanjay Gupta, the New-Zealand born son of Indian immigrants. His problems, at least according to his family, revolve around his unmarried status. (Sound familiar?) When his parents conspire to set him up with a girl, the plot thickens and complications ensue.
As the story develops, we encounter eight memorable characters – all skillfully played by Varma – each with a distinct personality and quirks. Varma switches from one character to another with uncanny ease, replacing his charming native Kiwi accent to a high-pitched woman’s or a genial uncle’s in a split second, contorting his face and miming actions to draw the audience in and make the story come alive.
Those Indian Guys are Rajeev
Varma and Tarun Mohanbhai. Formed in 2002
to explore Indian culture and mores through comedy and theatre,
TIG is forging a name for themselves as really funny Indians.
D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE premiered in Auckland at the TV2 International
Laugh Festival 2002 starring Mohanbhai. Written by Mohanbhai and
Varma and directed by Varma, the show was a sell-out success.
Since then, the show has toured to the Melbourne Comedy Festival
and had a sell-out season at the Sydney Opera House Studio in 2003.
D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE and the premier of the prequel FROM
INDIA WITH LOVE in the Auckland season of the LAUGH! 2004 Comedy
Festival solidified Those Indian Guys as a force in New Zealand
RAJEEV VARMA Actor/Director
Rajeev Varma graduated from Unitec with a Diploma in Acting in 1995 and went on to form the Rising Generation Theatre Company, whose productions included Play Lunch, Spies Spy or Die and Versus all written by Toa Fraser. Raj produced the premier season of Bare by Toa Fraser at the Silo Theatre, which went on international success.
His directing credits include Painted Lips by Katherine Van Beek at the 2001 Fringe Festival and D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE.
He was a member of Improv Bandits for two years and toured nationally and internationally with them. Other theatrical roles include Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank directed by Raymond Hawthorne, the national tour of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Taro King. Most recently Varma appeared in the premier of Awhi Tapu, by Albert Belz produced by Taki Rua to critical praise.
In 2003 he formed The Untouchables Collective, New Zealand's first South-Asian theatre company which premiered its first production Yatra at the Wellington Fringe Festival 2004, to great acclaim.
Rajeev Varma is a New Zealand born Punjabi/Rajasthani Indian.
TARUN MOHANBHAI Actor/Writer Tarun Mohanbhai first began his comedy career at school
entertaining his classmates, but it wasn't until 1996, that he first
performed live at Kitty O'Briens comedy evenings.
His career took off from there and in 1998 he had his first festival
show, Driving Mr Daisy with Mike Loder, for which he won
the Quest of the Fest competition. It was also in this year
that he made his first trip to London where he performed at Comedy
Café, and to Canada where he was onstage at Lafflines, Yuk
Yuks and Urban Well.
Since then, he has gone from strength to strength, performing at
every New Zealand International Comedy Festival with such shows
as Curry and Rice (2000) and Curry Muncher (2001),
on television in Pulp Comedy and Mercy Peak.
In 2002 he devised D'Arranged Marriage, for which he was
nominated for a Billy T Award. The show was a sellout success and
in 2003, he became a founding member of the The Untouchables
Collective, New Zealand's first South-Asian theatre company
which premiered its first production at the Wellington Fringe Festival
to great acclaim.
Tarun Mohanbhai is a New Zealand born Gujerati Indian.
23/06/2005 The Star by Saras M. Manickam TWO MEN AND A SARI IN DARRANGED MARRIAGE
non-stop comedy DArranged Marriage is a testimony to Taruns slick skills as a stand up comic it [From India With Love] is a wicked parody of Indian mores and culture delivered with barrels of laughter a great comedy + more
19/06/2005 New Sunday Times by Kiren Kaur & Subhadra Devan FROM INDIA WITH LOVE screamingly hilarious audiences in stitches within a minute of the start the dose of laughter the doctor recommended + more
14/06/2005 The Malay Mail by
Amir Hafizi THOSE INDIAN GUYS ARE FUNNY TO THE BONE
easily one of the funniest comedies to hit our shores this year brought on the laughs in abundance + more
12/06/2005 New Sunday Times by
Kiren Kaur HILARITY AT ITS INDIAN BEST
From start to the grand finale, it was a blast think Jay Leno, but Indian! + more
2011 D'Arranged Marriage played 14th - 19th February, 2011 Written & Directed by Tarun Mohanbhai & Rajeev Varma Produced by Chae Lian & Richard Harding Gardner Staged at The Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre
2007 D'Arranged Marriage played 4th - 23rd December , 2007 Written & Directed by Tarun Mohanbhai & Rajeev Varma Produced by Chae Lian & Richard Harding Gardner Staged at The Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre
The return engagement of D'ARRANGED
MARRIAGE was performed by one-half of "Those Indian Guys" - Rajeev Varma - and played three weeks at The
Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre. This popular one-man show continued to receive rave reviews from both critics and audiences. Sponsors included ntv7, Bangles Tandoori Restaurant and Bacardi-Martini.
D'Arranged Marriage played 7th - 12th, 27th & 28th June, 18th – 21st December, 2005 From India With Love played 14th - 26th June, 2005 Written & Directed by Tarun Mohanbhai & Rajeev Varma Produced by Chae Lian & Richard Harding Gardner Staged at The Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre
Gardner & Wife's first show from New Zealand was also their
first show to extend its run! Direct from a sell-out season
at the New Zealand International
Comedy Festival, "Those Indian
Guys" - Tarun Mohanbhai and Rajeev Varma - performed D'ARRANGED
MARRIAGE to packed houses for one week, followed by two weeks
of its prequel, FROM INDIA WITH LOVE.
Presented by Malaysia
Airlines, both shows performed at The
Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre and were co-produced with
the New Zealand
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