Sunday, 2 August 2015

Sisa- Sisa (A Collection of Four Plays)

Got a early bird ticket to Sisa-Sisa (A Collection of Four Plays) and got there just as the line dissipated, which also meant that seat choices was limited between the people who got there earlier and the marked reserved seats. Ended up sitting in the second row. A 90-minute show with no intermission. 

Stage had minimal furnishings, all draped in white cloth which are removed as the show went on for each play. Beats having the stage hands move furniture on and off stage. 

Three of the plays are really short (half an hour tops), which would not be worth anyone's time if staged on their own, but I didn't mind in this instance. 

Three Doors:
Faridah Merican portrays a mother at the night of her husband’s funeral. She contemplates, dreams and reminisces her three boys, and the three doors she would now have to choose. Supported by Douglas Wong and Ho Lee Ching. Written by Mark Beau de Silva.

I never thought I would live to see Dato' Faridah Merican swear in Cantonese (she said "CCB") on stage. Or dance like a pop star. 

Blind Spot:
Hanif (Aiman Asmawar) and Daniel (Ui Hua) meet at a shopping mall. Pleasantries are exchanged, memories are evoked, and decisions reflected. Written by Mark Beau de Silva.

They weren't kidding when they say the show is for mature audiences... but the giggling audience doesn't really help matters...? 

Joy of Solitude:
Young Charlie (SiangWei) finds his door locked, he is trapped in the apartment with Old Charlie (Douglas Wong). Written by Dean Lundquist.

The only play done completely in Mandarin (even though it's originally written in English), with English subtitles flashing on the wall behind them for the benefit of the non-Mandarin speaking audience. As someone who will never need Chineasy: The Easy Way to Learn Chinese, the English subtitles were succinct, to say the least. 

Joe Hasham and Amelia Tan play husband and wife. One remembers, while the other is beginning to forget…Written by Jeffrey Fischer Smith.

It's not often Joe Hasham takes the stage, given that he's been here for about as long as I've been alive. It's also been years since that Beckett play way back when. You can totally believe him as a man with dementia. 

The run is getting sold out, which is a good problem for them. There's not many tickets left and only one show left in the run, so if you could, you should.