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Friday, March 23, 2012

On The Cover: Lucky Break by Esther Freud


 'It is their first day at Drama Arts. The circle of huddled, nervous students are told in no uncertain terms that here, unlike at any other Drama school, they will be taught 'To Act,' 'To Be,' 'To Exist' in their own world on stage. But outside is the real world - a pitiless, alluring place in which each of them, in their most fervent dreams, hopes to flourish and excel.

 The insecure and dumpy Nell wonders if she will ever be cast as anything but the maid. She'll never compete, she knows, with the multitude of confident, long-legged beauties thronging the profession, most noticeably Charlie, whose effortless ascendance is nothing less than she expects.

 Then there's the ambitious and serious Dan, who has his sights fixed on Hamlet, as well as on fiery, rebellious Jemma. Over the following decade, these young actors will grapple with haphazard tours, illogical auditions, unobtainable agents, deluxe caravans and rocky relationships.'

- Debolina Raja Gupta