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What’s in store for Malaysian arts and culture in 2017?

“Culture goes along with the evolution of society. You cannot be stagnant at one point with the hope that you can sustain it forever,” says Dr Mas Rynna. Read more at http://www.star2.com/topics/year-starter-2017/2017/01/01/this-year-the-arts-will-be-all-about-challenging-traditional-perceptions/#k6PeG2mc3jtKRi2D.99

Freaks and Greeks: Electra by Cake Theatrical Productions

By Matthew Lyon (504 words, 6-minute read) Over the years, my reactions to Natalie Hennedige’s work for Cake Theatrical Productions have ranged from adulation (Nothing, 2007) to anger (Versus, 2015), with her recent productions tending towards the latter. How wonderful,…

Preview: Dear Jay by Blue Bean Productions

By Akanksha Raja (530 words, 5-minute read) Blue Bean Productions’ maiden show Dear Jay was spawned from a series of e-mail exchanges between producer and lead actor Benedict Leong and playwright Euginia Tan, about personal experiences coping with mental illness. They had…

Low Octane: SRT’s Disgraced

By Matt Lyon (482 words, 6-minute read) Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, a modern tragedy about the fall of an apostate Muslim-American lawyer, is a notable inheritor of the realist theatrical tradition. Sadly, it inherits the worst traits: Ibsen’s machine-cut-jigsaw plotting and…

Crisis of Masculinity: Best Of (His Story)

By Matthew Lyon (480 words, 6-minute read) The Necessary Stage’s Best Of (His Story) is a response to the company’s 2013 monologue, Best Of that detailed a day in the life of a young Malay-Muslim woman. The project of the original…

PETA’s The Tempest Reimagined

The Philippine Educational Theatre Association’s The Tempest Reimagined (11 Nov – 4 Dec 2016) fuses the survivor  stories of 2013′ Typhoon Hainan/Yolanda, which claimed 6000 lives, with  Shakespeare’s classic tale of a catastrophic storm and its aftermaths. Read Murphy Report’s…

Necessary Nuance: Best Of (His Story)

 By Kathy Rowland (1010 words, 10-minute read)  Best of (His Story) is a monologue set on a crowded stage. A young man, alone in an apartment decorated by his wife, reflects on his marriage on the day his divorce is…