By Alin K. Gregorian
WATERTOWN, Mass. — The Tekeyan Cultural Association’s Mher Megerdchian Theater Group of New York and New Jersey has a reputation as a top-notch troupe, therefore any performance must meet high expectations. Lucky for them, they did so during a performance on March 27 at Watertown High School. In fact, the close to 400 persons attending the performance were thrilled with the inspired lunacy of “The Flatterer,” a play by Hagop Baronian, laughing aloud — and often.
The play’s central character is the “Flatterer,” Babig, played with customary abandon and physical agility by Harout Chatmajian. The flatterer in essence repeats each character’s statements, so that each hears what they want to hear, rather than realty, and in turn, wade in deeper and deeper into misunderstandings. Many of those misunderstandings concern romantic entanglements. In particular, three men (Tateh, Arshag and Dikran, played by Shemavon Atamian, Harout Barsoumian and Michael Khekoian, respectively) are vying for the affections and hand of Sofi, played with flirtation and emotion by Talar Zokian.