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Coming Soon: Beauty World (Opens Tomorrow!)

November 12, 2015
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Event: Beauty World
Venue: Victoria Theatre
Run: 13th Nov – 12th Dec 2015

Opens Tomorrow!

Official synopsis:

“This November, legendary duo Dick Lee and Michael Chiang reunite once again for Singapore’s Number One musical, the iconic Beauty World!

This much-beloved musical, which has seen multiple stagings since its debut at the Singapore Arts Festival in 1988, traces the adventures of a small-town girl from Batu Pahat who sets out on a quest to find her father in Singapore.

With a mysterious jade pendant as her only clue, she winds up in a dubious cabaret, where she learns some heartbreaking truths about love and life. 

This revival, which features Michael Chiang’s revised script from 2008, will be directed for the first time by Beauty World co-creator and composer Dick Lee.

The production will bring onstage an exciting ensemble of formidable talents from theatre and television. 

Top TV star Jeanette Aw provides sensational sizzle as Lulu, the beautiful but vindictive cabaret queen, while Malaysian talent Cheryl Tan brings wide-eyed charm to the role of Ivy Chan, our innocent protagonist.

Adding her touch of class to the mix is seasoned actress Janice Koh, appearing in her first musical as the wise and winsome Mummy.”

Some pictures from the press preview event:

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Show Duration: Approx. 2hr 30mins (with 15min interval)
Ticket Purchase: SISTIC Link (here)

Coming Soon: “Super Happy Land” by Hatch x Gumbo

November 12, 2015
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Event: “Super Happy Land” by Hatch Theatrics & Theatre Group Gumbo
Venue: Malay Heritage Centre
Run: 17th – 19th Dec 2015

Official Synopsis:

“Super Happy Land is the most exclusive location on Earth.

Only a lucky few will get to experience life there – but as everyone knows – you don’t choose Super Happy Land, Super Happy Land chooses you!

And so, five very special individuals from the world over have been handpicked to live there.

And just like the name suggests, everything there makes the inhabitants Super Happy!

They feast like kings –Super Happy Tummy!

They are showered with gifts – Super Happy Heart!

They are pampered like royalty – Super Happy Life!

They are the luckiest people on the planet.

But all good things must come to an end.

Or did it never even begin?”

This is Hatch Theatrics’s final production for the year 2015, and it will be an international collaboration with Theatre Group Gumbo from Osaka.

“Super Happy Land” will be directed by Kayo Tamura and written by Faizal Abdullah for Hatch Theatrics together with Theate Group Gumbo.

It will feature Ryo Nishihara, Hidefumi Oshiro, Kayo Tamura (Osaka, Japan), and Faizal Abdullah, Nur Khairiyah Bte Ramli, Farez Najid, StanxSoap (Singapore).

Be sure to visit Hatch’s crowdfunding page too!

Ticket Price: $25 (Standard) & $20 (Concession) for Regular Price; $20 (Standard) & $15 (Concession) for Early Bird till 1st December 2015
Ticket Purchase: Website Link (here) or email hatchticketing@gmail.com
Hatch Theatrics Crowdfunding Page: hatchtheatrics.wix.com/hatchtheatrics#!crowdfunding/ny0jb
Hatch Theatrics Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/hatch.theatrics.info

Jonathan, David & Me

October 21, 2015
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JonathanDavidMe1Event: “Jonathan, David & Me” by Our Company
Venue: Drama Centre Black Box
Run: 14th – 18th Oct ’15

The Bro Code

Our Company tackles the oft-overlooked theme of male friendships in this intimate little play involving three male friends – David (Jamie Shawn Tan), Mervyn (KS Yeo) and Jonathan (Vignesh Singh).

It covers their journey through life from their carefree JC days taking part in the annual talentime contest, to the various stages of their relationships more than a decade on.

David is the boisterous, affable chap who eventually cheats on his girlfriend of more than ten years with a young intern, while Jonathan is the quiet, sensitive one who remains single most of his young adult life, all while harbouring unrequited feelings for David’s girlfriend all this time.

Mervyn is the most level-headed of the three, often playing peacemaker to the other two, but who is not exempt from his own share of relationship woes.

The plot is a fairly predictable one with hardly any surprises, although playwright-director Luke Kwek does a good job embedding two tales of epic male friendships into the fabric of the storyline – one of the biblical story of David and Jonathan, and the other of the ancient Mesopotamian account of Gilgamesh and Enkidu.

The banter in the play, ridden with expletives and coarse allusions to sex, came across as realistic and believable, and is expected of the kind of dialogue heard when a bunch of pals come together for a good time.

There is also the illustration of brotherly tough love, in how Jonathan and Mervyn chastise David for his cheating ways and plead with him to end his affair.

While the eagerness of the three actors was clearly palpable, it was KS Yeo who is probably the most proficient of the three, while Jamie Shawn Tan seemed unable to emote rage convincingly enough, and Vignesh seemed a bit too lightweight in his role.

Nonetheless, the beauty in the play is that it does take you on a full dramatic arc through the friendship of all three buddies, testing the limits of their relationships and stretching things to breaking point, before finally coming to a somewhat bittersweet resolution.

Male friendships are often a funny thing, and “Jonathan, David & Me” does an admirable job in bringing out the complexities and intricacies beneath what often seems like a fairly uncomplicated veneer amongst men.

It makes you take stock of your own personal friendships, and appreciate the fact that when you’re at your lowest, your best friends are gonna be the ones that save you.

Chinglish

October 19, 2015
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Event: “Chinglish” presented by Pangdemonium
Venue: Drama Centre Theatre
Run: 9th – 25th Oct 2015

A Closer Look, Will Funny

Although “Chinglish” is the final production in Pangdemonium’s “Transformation Trilogy” 2015 season, it certainly represents a first for the company in a number of respects.

It’s the first bilingual play they’ve ever put up, it features TV personality Guo Liang in his theatrical debut, and it’s probably also the first time you’ll see Matt Grey speaking Mandarin on stage (and a whole lot of it at that!).

“Chinglish” is a 2011 play written by David Henry Hwang, who famously wrote the Tony Award-winning play “M. Butterfly”, and tells of the adventures of an American sign-making businessman Daniel Cavanaugh (Daniel Jenkins) as he attempts to forge deals in the Far East, knowing next to nothing of the Chinese language, and much less so of the mystical concept of “guanxi”.

Along the way he teams up with a “consultant” (Matt Grey) – an Englishman who has been living in China for many years and has an admirable grasp of the Chinese language – to advise him accordingly and help him pull the necessary strings in order to secure a favourable business appointment with the Minister of Culture (Adrian Pang).

There is also the struggling translator aide Audrey Luo, who has a penchant for making hilarious literal translations from Chinese to English and vice versa, thus providing the bulk of the show’s laughs, as well as the sultry Vice Minister (Oon Shu An), a key ally of Daniel who eventually finds herself tangled in a prickly web of lust with him.

The charm of the show lies in the premise of having a Westerner thrown right in the thick of a fairly small, insignificant province in China, and seeing him fumble his way around the completely unfamiliar language and culture of the land, as well as the many “lost in translation” jokes that the playwright cleverly constructs when the characters attempt to translate from one language to the other.

Incidentally, it is especially in a country like Singapore, where most people are fairly familiar with both English and Chinese, that this play works particularly well, as the audience is able to grasp the subtlety in the phrases of both languages and laugh at the occasional absurdity of literal translations.

Pangdemonium has assembled yet another particularly stellar cast for this production, with Daniel Jenkins and Oon Shu An ably carrying the bulk of the load, while Matt Grey blows everyone’s socks off with the considerable fluency of his Mandarin, what with the many lines he was tasked with.

Audrey Luo was perhaps underused playing the various translator aides which mainly served as comic relief, but boy did she milk the laughs whenever she came on.

Adrian Pang does the best with the rather thinly fleshed-out role he was given, while one wonders why it was necessary to cast Guo Liang in this production.

Not that Guo Liang didn’t do a good job – he played Judge Xu Geming as well as anyone could have asked for – but it just puzzles me why a TV personality was specially chosen to play this particular role in the play.

The set design by Eucien Chia – probably one of the more beautiful ones I’ve seen in awhile – was both a revolving platform as well as a tastefully-designed backdrop which suggests the shape of a Chinese pagoda.

Of the many backdrops I’ve seen, this one is easily one of the most memorable.

“Chinglish” attempts to bring out the complexities of doing business in China, with the potential pitfalls that come with it, and while it it succeeds in creating moments of entertaining comedy, it seldom goes beneath the surface of what seems to resemble a light-hearted farce.

The pace of the play does tend to sag at times, especially in the second act, and at times you wonder where all this is heading.

Nonetheless, despite my quibbles with the plodding script, “Chinglish” remains a fairly entertaining romp through the sometimes wild and zany world that is business in China.

It guarantees a laugh, and it makes you smile, but like a decently-translated phrase, it sometimes fails to go beyond the superficial and articulate its deeper meaning and subtlety.

Coming Soon: “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by W!ld Rice

October 4, 2015
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EmperorsNewClothes1Event: “The Emperor’s New Clothes” presented by W!ld Rice
Venue: Drama Centre Theatre
Run: 20th Nov – 12th Dec 2015

Don’t Miss This Year’s W!ld Rice Pantomime!

Once upon a time, in a kingdom not so far away, ruled a vain and pompous Emperor who was crazy about his clothes, himself and little else.

So obsessed with fashion was he that he decreed that the 50th anniversary of his reign be celebrated with the most extravagant National Dress Parade of all time.

But, as he primped and preened, he neglected his music-loving citizens, who could only get his attention by complimenting him on his appearance.

One day, two cheeky tailors discover a dark secret in the Emperor’s palace and decide to teach him a lesson.

Presenting the Emperor with an eye-popping ensemble literally woven out of thin air, they convince him that only the smartest and most competent people in the land can see it.

What can be done to stop the nation’s biggest wardrobe malfunction?

Why won’t the Emperor’s courtiers and the aristocracy speak up? Is there anyone who’s brave enough to tell the naked truth?

Following its smash-hit production of “Monkey Goes West”, W!ld Rice puts a Singaporean spin on Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless tale about the ultimate fashion victim.

Directed by Pam Oei, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a brand-new musical with a razor-sharp script by Joel Tan and a sparkling score by Julian Wong.

Its stellar cast includes Lim Kay Siu as the Emperor, Benjamin Kheng of The Sam Willows, Singapore Idol’s Sezairi and Siti Khalijah Zainal – all playing musical instruments live on stage!

Fun and laughter never go out of fashion.

Don’t miss the most hilarious, heartwarming musical of the holiday season!

Show Duration: Approx. 2hrs (with 15min interval)
Ticket Purchase: SISTIC Link (here)
W!ld Rice Website: www.wildrice.com.sg
W!ld Rice Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/wildrice.sg

Coming Soon: Beauty World

October 4, 2015
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BeautyWorld1Event: Beauty World
Venue: Victoria Theatre
Run: 13th Nov – 12th Dec 2015

Official synopsis:

“This November, legendary duo Dick Lee and Michael Chiang reunite once again for Singapore’s Number One musical, the iconic Beauty World!

This much-beloved musical, which has seen multiple stagings since its debut at the Singapore Arts Festival in 1988, traces the adventures of a small-town girl from Batu Pahat who sets out on a quest to find her father in Singapore.

With a mysterious jade pendant as her only clue, she winds up in a dubious cabaret, where she learns some heartbreaking truths about love and life. 

This revival, which features Michael Chiang’s revised script from 2008, will be directed for the first time by Beauty World co-creator and composer Dick Lee.

The production will bring onstage an exciting ensemble of formidable talents from theatre and television. 

Top TV star Jeanette Aw provides sensational sizzle as Lulu, the beautiful but vindictive cabaret queen, while Malaysian talent Cheryl Tan brings wide-eyed charm to the role of Ivy Chan, our innocent protagonist.

Adding her touch of class to the mix is seasoned actress Janice Koh, appearing in her first musical as the wise and winsome Mummy.”

Show Duration: Approx. 2hr 30mins (with 15min interval)
Ticket Purchase: SISTIC Link (here)

Coming Soon: “Mind Map of Love” by Skinned Knee Productions

October 3, 2015
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MindMapOfLove1Event: “Mind Map of Love” by Skinned Knee Productions
Venue: ZOTT’S True Alps, 97 Amoy Street, Singapore 069917
Run: 4th – 7th & 11th – 14th Nov 2015

A Gourmet, Theatrical, Choose Your Own Adventure – For Grownups Only!

Two people fall in love… the possibilities are endless…

Imagine a night where you go for dinner, in the mood for some fine food and good wine, with your closest friends.

You talk, share the day, discuss the week, highlight insignificant nonsense and the moments that mattered.

And they begin to tell you their story.

It is an incredible story of love, with a twist…you get to choose what happens next!

Following the success of “The Woman Who Cooked her Husband” (2013), which had two sell-out runs at the Fine Palate Café, “Mind Map of Love” will also be staged in a restaurant – ZOTT’S True Alps, a unique fine dining establishment located on 97 Amoy Street, whereby the cuisine for the evening will be designed to suit the show – creating a unique all-encompassing gastronomical theatre experience.

“Mind Map of Love” is an original play, written by Marcia Vanderstraaten based on the book of the same title by Christian Zott.

It stars well-established local actors Brendon Fernandez and Elizabeth Lazan along side relative newcomers Rosie Mcgowan and Amanda Tee.

It’s a perfect night out for foodies, arty types and those seeking something new.

(Advisory: This show contains adult language and themes and sexual content.)

Ticket Price: S$160 + S$6.70 Booking Fee
Ticket Purchase: Link (here)
Skinned Knee Productions Website: www.skinnedkneeproductions.com
Skinned Knee Productions Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/skinnedkneeproductions

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