Review of ABA Productions’ “Waiting for Godot”

Title of performance: Waiting for Godot Theatre Company: ABA productions in association with AC Productions, Dublin, Ireland Date of performance: 12 October 2012 Performance venue: DBS Arts Centre – Home of the SRT A long-awaited production of Samuel Beckett’s acclaimed absurdist play came to our shores recently. Based on the tale of two tramps, Vladimir […]

A not-so idyllic dream of Farce and Fanfare – Review of the SRT’s “Twelfth Night”

Title of Production: Shakespeare in the Park, Twelfth Night Theatre Company: The Singapore Repertory Theatre Date of performance: 11 May 2012 Performance Venue: Fort Canning Park You have to be partial to the slapstick to sit through Shakespeare’s comedies. You have to be even more partial to affected pretention to sit through this production. A […]

Review of “A Chorus Line” by PatchworkDolly

I’m proud to say that Singapore is fast becoming the arts hub of the East, where we are being treated with first-class arts performances from around the world. And I am privileged to present to you another wonderful review from one of my guest reviewers, PatchworkDolly, of Broadway’s A Chorus Line. Read her original review here. Title […]

Shadow spaces: Photographs of the Old Supreme Court by Sean Dungan

This was a bit of a hit and miss. The teaser on the brochure promised a revelation of “rough, ephemeral beauty” and “naturally illuminated empty spaces of the Old Supreme Court and other buildings”. But what I did encounter at the Asian Civilisations Museum were naturally empty spaces in its under-visited gallery. Jokes aside, Los […]

Review of Blank Space Theatre’s play, “Freud’s Last Session”

Title of Production: Freud’s Last Session (Part of Esplanade’s The Studios series) Theatre Company: Blank Space Theatre Date of performance: 14 April 2012 Performance Venue: Esplanade Theatre Studio The premise of the play was philosophically tantalizing. On a morning in September 1939, against the backdrop of England entering World War II, Sigmund Freud, atheist and psychoanalyst, […]

Pangdemonium!’s “Dealer’s Choice” review

Title of Production: Dealer’s Choice Theatre Company: Pangdemonium! Date of performance: 15 October 2011 Performance Venue: Drama Centre Theatre, National Library What do you get when you put together an award-winning West End play, 6 dysfunctional male characters, an obsession with Poker, and no attempt to put any of the above into local context? A […]

Of camembert cheese, Dali, and me

My first encounter with Surrealist artist Salvador Dali was when I was 13. I was in secondary school, and tasked to paint a picture just like The Persistence of Memory. We weren’t told how or why, but were just supposed to ape the same style. My second encounter with Dali was when my Junior College […]

Guilty as Charged

I caught Chong Tze Chien’s play, Charged, at the National Library Building Drama Centre Black Box theatre today, and was absolutely blown away by the quality of the local production. Maybe I have preconceived notions about local productions, and hence, I, too, am guilty as charged. The production was all about the thorny issues of race, prejudice, […]

Retrospective photography exhibition: Abbas Attar

It was a bright and sunny day today, almost too bright for my liking, but I did have a chance to visit the “Abbas: 45 years in photography” exhibit at the Singapore national museum.  Mind-blowing to say the least,  it almost gave me the same awesome feeling and afterglow I had after the Yousuf Karsh […]