Oct
1
2013

Doku Rai

Carriageworks, September 26 If nothing else, Doku Rai makes one realise how predictable much of our theatre is. An approach to narrative, characterisation or acting, once established, is maintained to the end. That most miraculous of devices in any art form, surprise, is often missing in action. Not here. Rather like the chapters of James […]

Sep
30
2013

Romeo and Juliet

Young love is so easily dismissed by jaded older lovers with multiple (failed) experiences, but a teenager can be consumed by passion much as molten lava devours all in its path. When Juliet is well cast, and the actress truly lives that passion as well as the anguish of her character’s predicament, she becomes one […]

Sep
29
2013

Cho Cho

Concourse Theatre, September 25 I know much worse musical theatre exists because I was once subjected to a rare form of torture called Las Vegas (Confidential) – The Musical. Cho Cho, by contrast, has redeeming features. Written by Daniel Keene (what was he thinking?) and with music by Cheng Jin, this is the Madame Butterfly […]