Whenever Prabhupada visited the New York temple, the devotees there would perform a play. Once the devotees performed “The Kidnapping of Rukmini” and Prabhupada enjoyed the performance. He laughed when an envious prince, played by Nayanabhirama dasa, saw Rukmini and said he was going to faint. And when Balarama cut off Rukmi’s beard, Prabhupada said, “Oh, now he is more than dead.” When the play was over, Prabhupada said that seeing the drama was better than reading the book.
From Prabhupada Nectar by Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami