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Trainstopping: The Year in Revue 2011

April 30, 2012
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Event: “Trainstopping” by Sight Lines Productions
Run: 26 April – 3 May 2012
Venue: Chamber @ The Arts House
Written by: Jeremy Yew & Darius Tan
Directed by: Derrick Chew
Cast: Celine Rosa Tan, Siti Khalijah Zainal, Darius Tan


When my co-reviewer is part of a production, and no less, the writer of the show, surely must watch right? And it was a joyful ride as the cast of three brought the audience through an entertaining review of the past year’s bungles of ‘you-know-who’s and inside jokes that were so relevant to us Singaporeans.

In the 90-minute discourse that was right-on-schedule without delay, we were “(en)trapped” the moment doors closed as “passengers” in a stalled train. I liked this concept and it was well followed through even to the end of the show when the audience were led out as if in an evacuation exercise, and not forgetting the “countdown” in the last half hour or so, as the “PA system” announced the remaining minutes to “train service resumption” (i.e. the end of the show). The layout of The Chamber also served the show well with the close central walkway and audience flanked on each side simulating a train cabin.

Material was quite current, including the SMRT excuse chits and what’s been trending, which goes to show how long-drawn some issues have been, but also with talk of floods, station names, the “Singapura” musical, and such. Well, with a revue, there would be hits and misses, but my personal favourites included the Adrian Pang lawyer joke, the in-carriage do’s and don’t’s, “ponding” and definitely, Siti Khalijah on her East-West ‘sayang’ ride. Haha, the Star Awards last night reminded me of the Tay Ping Hui segment. And for songs, you will hear the familiar tunes of pop and musical hits like “One” (from A Chorus Line), Bruno Mars & Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire”, Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”, “What is This Feeling?” (from Wicked) and more, sung to new spoofing lyrics.

The cast was great and I believe they played a major part in carrying the show. I don’t think you’ll go wrong with a cast like them. Some of the beng moments by Darius vaguely reminded me of Broadway Beng. I wouldn’t say the show was hilarious, but it packed its own fair share of laugh-out-loud moments. My friend next to me was laughing non-stop though. I only had some problems with the sound as the speech turned out a bit muffled as certain points, probably due to the acoustics of the Chamber.

Anyway, kudos to my partner, the whole production team and cast for their good work with Sight Lines‘ inaugural production. Keep it up! And we’ll see more of you.

So folks, don’t delay liao, ’cause the last service ends 3 May.

Tickets can be bought at http://www.bytes.sg here or call 6322 6919 for the Arts House Box Office hotline.

And last words…“Don’t break the glass!”

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