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Malaysian Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Posted on 25 April 2013

Venue : penangpac @ Straits Quay

Phone # : +604 8991 722 / 2722

Ticket price : RM28

Date : 25 – 27 April 8.30pm
28 April 3pm

Facebook : Shakespeare Demystified

We are deeply skeptical of Shakespeare. Perhaps we have been conditioned by our school experiences. We have been forced to learn his plays. And even though we have been told that he is the world’s best playwright, we suspect that he is overrated and we could write something ten times better if we had the time and motivation. Perhaps we have seen a few movies adaptations of his plays, and the language sounds like it came from last century. Hasn’t anyone written anything as good since then? What’s so special about his plays in the first place?

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A possible revolution

Posted on 23 April 2013

The idea: Get a whole group of college-aged theater actors and enthusiasts together. Put on shows that you would like to perform and what people want to see. Yang penting sekali, semangat kena tinggi. Khairunazwan Rodzy, an Aswara graduate in Direction, did just that back in 2006. Over the years, the group dubbed “Revolution Stage” has grown into a rather sizeable and energetic bunch. Made up of students, graduates and their peers from various universities around Malaysia, they have staged about 10 shows since their inception. Ramleefestasi and Tepuk Amai-Amai were originally shown as part of Bangkit, a project started by Revolution Stage in October last year to get more people, especially teens, to the theater. It featured five plays — the others being…

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M.Butterfly: When is a play not a play?

Posted on 23 April 2013

When a new play is premiered, the focus of the criticism is on the text. Is it original? Is it relevant? Is it spelt out in a way that makes sense? The team’s technical abilities are secondary to the idea being presented. Once the play has been alive for a while or becomes famous, subsequent productions struggle with the fact that the focus is now on the production and how it compares to the debut. Have they said redundant things, or did they discover anything new? Did they do the text justice? Have they succeeded it making it relevant to its new time and place? Instincts and bravery Rumah Anak Teater’s daring approach Rumah Anak Teater’s M.Butterfly falls somewhere in between being a new…

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Imaginary Homelands: Kisah Dari Siru Kambam

Posted on 15 April 2013

The final story in the Kisah Dari Siru Kambam anthology (Uthaya Sankar SB; RM30), “Chitra Paurnami”, is a subtle tale of family and forgiveness. An elderly woman and her grandchild celebrate a festival together. The true meaning of said festival day, Chitra Paurnami, is discussed at length: held in honour of Chitragupta, the God of Death’s assistant, a family invites the visiting divinity into their home and serves Him a sumptuous feast — in hopes that when it is their time to be judged in the afterlife, He will plead on their behalf. But that tradition is considered passé, and most of Grandma’s family prefer to celebrate at the temple, with “kavadi, berjalan di atas bara api, dan pembawaan rata” — needless ostentations, she…

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KakiTeater: Talking with Thasha

Posted on 8 April 2013

Fancy a day out with the family? This week, look out for a stage adaption by The Bubblegum Project of Roald Dahl’s children’s book George’s Marvellous Medicine. The show will be held in MAP, Publika. Response to the youth-friendly play has been encouraging, with nearly all tickets being sold out early. We have a little chat with the director of George’s Marvellous Medicine, Thasha Gunaseelan, about the upcoming play: Tell us more about your adaptation of George’s Marvellous Medicine. What were the main aims when turning it into a stage production? We tried to keep it as close as possible to the book to preserve the magic of the story. Also, in terms of the props and setting we have maintained the same whimsical effect…

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