Rukmini's Gold (written by Radha S. Menon and directed by Wes Berger) is a heart-warming drama that transports its audience through various countries and time periods, in a non-linear fashion, all which act as puzzle pieces that together map out stories inspired by Menon's own family journey from India.
The play opens in 1960 and we see Rukmini, an old and bitter lady, standing at Samsara Station alone, holding onto the memories of her past for dear life. She may have missed her train, but this production puts us on our own train -- one that travels to the past and to the future to see both the beautiful and sorrowful treasures that make up Rukmini's life.
This is an intelligently written piece that melds real history and family values with surrealism, as we not only travel through time in this piece, but get to see Rukmini's past self and present self exist simultaneously.
The actors all put on authentic and potent performances that keep us engaged and thinking throughout the show's entirety, slowly making our way through this historical maze.
Despite its cultural content, Rukmini's Gold is a selfless, universal story about the timeless notion of learning to value what is most important in life.
Presented by Red Betty Theatre, Rukmini's Gold plays at Mills Hardware as part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival until July 26. For more information visit www.hamiltonfringe.ca.