Treya's Last Dance

Critics

LemonMeter

94 %

Reviews: 9

Audience

LemonMeter

100 %

Reviews: 4

Wed Oct 16, 8:00pm
Wed Oct 23, 8:00pm

Bolshy, whip-smart and with backchat to spare, Treya's living it up in London!
Turns out it takes more than chat to heal some wounds. Funny, messy, beautiful . . . it's life as we know it, on stage.
Raucously funny and heartbreakingly tender, Treya's Last Dance is a modern-day exploration of grief, fractured pasts and hopeful futures.

“superb comedy, as well as complex grief.”
- NY THEATRE GUIDE

“ - a moving journey of emotional introspection- ”
- ASIAN VOICE

"- the kind of character complexity you hope for in a feature film"
- A YOUNGER THEATRE

"whip-smart, authentic"
- STAGE RAW

Reviews

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As I said, we can never know where her life-journey will take her. But we do know, most surely, that she is a dancer in life with all the beauty and grace she has sought out in her search to comprehend the various pulls she has experienced throughout her youth. Like most of us, actually, she is a blend of cultures, despite some current leaders’ attempts to reclaim an imagined purity of thought and blood. In the end we perceive that Bhatt and her marvelous Treya is one of us.

sweet - Douglas Messerli - US Theater - ...read full review


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In Treya’s Last Dance, actress/playwright Shyam Bhatt delivers with boundless energy a one-woman show that is filled with joy, angst, laughs and sadness—the whole gamut of human experience as rendered in the story of one human being...

Treya’s Last Dance, under the sure-handed direction of Poonam Basu, benefits from the excellent creative team with music composed by Archita Kumar, lighting and sound by Steve Pope, voiceovers/vocals by Arun Kamath. Jana Dimitrievska is the production assistant.

This theatergoer fell in love with Shyam Bhatt at first sight. It is a privilege to have been able to spend time with her.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


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Smart, heartbreaking and funny. Watching Shyam Bhatt morph from one character to another in a split second was mesmerizing. She is going full speed the entirety of the show - allowing herself to be bravely vulnerable. An amazing solo performance.

sweet - Laura A.


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Treya’ s pain and angst is so real and visceral, as she battles for her voice to be heard. Go see it and you’ll be charmed at first sight.

sweet - Bonnie Priever - Curtain Up - ...read full review


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If you want to spend an hour or so with a complex, whip-smart, sexually aware young woman with attitude, Treya is your Dream Girl!

sweet - Lisa Lyons - Lyons' Views, News and Reviews - ...read full review


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Poonam Basu directs this show that possess an interesting and unique concept. Although the entire production is spoken in English, the English she uses needs subtitles! Sayam has a lot of well written dialogue within her mists. But with being too cockney, those “yankees” in the audience will miss out in a lot of what she has to say!

sweet-sour - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


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This play was Amazing. I recommend everyone go see it. This was my first time going to a play with only 1 cast member. I thought shyam did a great job portraying other characters throughout the play and giving us insight on her story.

sweet - Vaughn Wood


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Oh my gosh - wow - this play - where do I begin?! Treya's Last Dance was a blast!!! We were treated by Shyam Bhatt (actor and writer) to a rollercoaster ride through a speed dating event in London, which was maybe metaphor (?) for the actual issue being dealt with by Treya, the heroine - her brother's death. Shyam's writing is fantastic - funny, highly intelligent, accurate and poignant, and her acting is beautiful. She really brought each character Treya came into contact with to life (not least Treya herself), and held the audience's attention for her entire time on stage - I didn't realise how quickly the time was going! Poonam Basu (director) did a great job with this, using lighting to create place, mood and atmosphere, and introduced it as a fictional story. I started out with tears of laughter and ended with tears of empathy. What more could you want? Go see this piece while it's on! We need more of this kind of work.

sweet - Mara Delaney


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Treya's Last Dance is a clever take on cultural identity in modern-day London. We go on a journey through her tumultuous time at speed dating all while reminiscing about a close bond she had in her life and the deep loss she's experienced. The comedic moments interspersed with dramatic make this production thought-provoking and relatable, particularly to children of immigrants with strong cultural backgrounds. Shyam Bhatt's performance is incredibly multi-dimensional in her commitment to the characters she emulates. She does not falter in her character convictions and is thorough in presenting pathos in the role. Treya's Last Dance warrants multiple viewings as you discover new nuances in the storytelling that is so uniquely Treya.

sweet - Jana D.


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Shyam Bhatt has a gift for crafting well-defined characters in her invisible city. From the judgmental Indian grandmother, to the dodgiest suitor in London, to the emotional and enchanting Treya, Bhatt excels in creating a world of diverse people even though there is just one person on stage.

sweet - Maria Paz Alegre - Theatre is Easy - ...read full review


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Treya’s Last Dance is a delicious treat for the lunch hour: whip-crack sharp, funny and touching. It’s a one-woman show that feels more like a million-strong Dickensian cast of characters. Shyam Bhatt gives voice to rasping old ladies, middle-aged Indian men, Afro-Caribbean preachers, bitchy cousins and howling seven-year-olds with breathless ease. Each of them is convincing and deeply charming. Bhatt is not only bang-on accurate but delivers her impressions with a kind of tender affection.

sweet - Ettie Bailey King - A Younger Theatre - ...read full review


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At times it feels as though there is too much peripheral baggage (like the dancing, the speed-dating soon recedes into the background) yet the central flow of both Bhatt’s writing and performance is superb. Notably, she is deft at managing cultural stereotypes in a way that avoids both racial profiling and preening political correctness – a rare skill indeed.

sweet - James Bartholomeusz - The Reviews Hub - ...read full review


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Even without the fiercely intelligent script underlying Shyam Bhatt’s one-woman show, her thick South London accent would be enough to charm many American theatergoers. Pleasingly, there’s plenty of substance and humor to savor here too. - RECOMMENDED

sweet - Jenny Lower - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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As I said, we can never know where her life-journey will take her. But we do know, most surely, that she is a dancer in life with all the beauty and grace she has sought out in her search to comprehend the various pulls she has experienced throughout her youth. Like most of us, actually, she is a blend of cultures, despite some current leaders’ attempts to reclaim an imagined purity of thought and blood. In the end we perceive that Bhatt and her marvelous Treya is one of us.

sweet - Douglas Messerli - US Theater - ...read full review


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In Treya’s Last Dance, actress/playwright Shyam Bhatt delivers with boundless energy a one-woman show that is filled with joy, angst, laughs and sadness—the whole gamut of human experience as rendered in the story of one human being...

Treya’s Last Dance, under the sure-handed direction of Poonam Basu, benefits from the excellent creative team with music composed by Archita Kumar, lighting and sound by Steve Pope, voiceovers/vocals by Arun Kamath. Jana Dimitrievska is the production assistant.

This theatergoer fell in love with Shyam Bhatt at first sight. It is a privilege to have been able to spend time with her.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


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Treya’ s pain and angst is so real and visceral, as she battles for her voice to be heard. Go see it and you’ll be charmed at first sight.

sweet - Bonnie Priever - Curtain Up - ...read full review


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If you want to spend an hour or so with a complex, whip-smart, sexually aware young woman with attitude, Treya is your Dream Girl!

sweet - Lisa Lyons - Lyons' Views, News and Reviews - ...read full review


Avatar

Poonam Basu directs this show that possess an interesting and unique concept. Although the entire production is spoken in English, the English she uses needs subtitles! Sayam has a lot of well written dialogue within her mists. But with being too cockney, those “yankees” in the audience will miss out in a lot of what she has to say!

sweet-sour - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


Avatar

Shyam Bhatt has a gift for crafting well-defined characters in her invisible city. From the judgmental Indian grandmother, to the dodgiest suitor in London, to the emotional and enchanting Treya, Bhatt excels in creating a world of diverse people even though there is just one person on stage.

sweet - Maria Paz Alegre - Theatre is Easy - ...read full review


Avatar

Treya’s Last Dance is a delicious treat for the lunch hour: whip-crack sharp, funny and touching. It’s a one-woman show that feels more like a million-strong Dickensian cast of characters. Shyam Bhatt gives voice to rasping old ladies, middle-aged Indian men, Afro-Caribbean preachers, bitchy cousins and howling seven-year-olds with breathless ease. Each of them is convincing and deeply charming. Bhatt is not only bang-on accurate but delivers her impressions with a kind of tender affection.

sweet - Ettie Bailey King - A Younger Theatre - ...read full review


Avatar

At times it feels as though there is too much peripheral baggage (like the dancing, the speed-dating soon recedes into the background) yet the central flow of both Bhatt’s writing and performance is superb. Notably, she is deft at managing cultural stereotypes in a way that avoids both racial profiling and preening political correctness – a rare skill indeed.

sweet - James Bartholomeusz - The Reviews Hub - ...read full review


Avatar

Even without the fiercely intelligent script underlying Shyam Bhatt’s one-woman show, her thick South London accent would be enough to charm many American theatergoers. Pleasingly, there’s plenty of substance and humor to savor here too. - RECOMMENDED

sweet - Jenny Lower - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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Smart, heartbreaking and funny. Watching Shyam Bhatt morph from one character to another in a split second was mesmerizing. She is going full speed the entirety of the show - allowing herself to be bravely vulnerable. An amazing solo performance.

sweet - Laura A.


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This play was Amazing. I recommend everyone go see it. This was my first time going to a play with only 1 cast member. I thought shyam did a great job portraying other characters throughout the play and giving us insight on her story.

sweet - Vaughn Wood


Avatar

Oh my gosh - wow - this play - where do I begin?! Treya's Last Dance was a blast!!! We were treated by Shyam Bhatt (actor and writer) to a rollercoaster ride through a speed dating event in London, which was maybe metaphor (?) for the actual issue being dealt with by Treya, the heroine - her brother's death. Shyam's writing is fantastic - funny, highly intelligent, accurate and poignant, and her acting is beautiful. She really brought each character Treya came into contact with to life (not least Treya herself), and held the audience's attention for her entire time on stage - I didn't realise how quickly the time was going! Poonam Basu (director) did a great job with this, using lighting to create place, mood and atmosphere, and introduced it as a fictional story. I started out with tears of laughter and ended with tears of empathy. What more could you want? Go see this piece while it's on! We need more of this kind of work.

sweet - Mara Delaney


Avatar

Treya's Last Dance is a clever take on cultural identity in modern-day London. We go on a journey through her tumultuous time at speed dating all while reminiscing about a close bond she had in her life and the deep loss she's experienced. The comedic moments interspersed with dramatic make this production thought-provoking and relatable, particularly to children of immigrants with strong cultural backgrounds. Shyam Bhatt's performance is incredibly multi-dimensional in her commitment to the characters she emulates. She does not falter in her character convictions and is thorough in presenting pathos in the role. Treya's Last Dance warrants multiple viewings as you discover new nuances in the storytelling that is so uniquely Treya.

sweet - Jana D.