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Double the Drama at the Singapore Lyric Opera

Double the Drama at the Singapore Lyric Opera

Everyone has seen the common theatre symbol before: two masks–one weeping, and the other laughing–representing the Greek Muses of tragedy and comedy. This symbol is mirrored in Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO)’s recently concluded double bill operas, featuring the tragedy Pagliacci by Leoncavallo and the comedy Gianni Schicchi by Puccini. Held at the Esplanade Theatre for only...

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Five Stars for 5 Plays: Celebrating ‘ImagiNATION’

Five Stars for 5 Plays: Celebrating ‘ImagiNATION’

Singapore’s fiftieth year already seems to have had its share of excitement, from the rah-rah celebrations of National Day to the intense general elections. But hold up, we’re not done yet. With the fifteenth birthday of Wild Rice coinciding with SG50, the local theatre company intends to make this year’s celebrations a season to remember. Their party...

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Hello Goodbye: A Review

Hello Goodbye: A Review

Say what you want about the overused boy-meets-girl cliché, but Hello Goodbye is an undeniably worthwhile romantic comedy. For starters, the restaged play had previously sold out at the Hampstead theatre in London. The story chronicles two acts (both set in the same self-contained apartment): a chance meeting of a couple over a housing mix-up, and their...

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[Review] W!ld Rice’s Another Country

Another Country by W!LD RICE – Photo Credit: Wong Horng Yih, courtesy of W!LD RICE For the past week since it has opened, Another Country by W!ld Rice as directed by the acclaimed thespians Ivan Heng and Jo Kukathas has taken the literary scene by storm – and rave reviews of the play have been published country wide....

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[Review] The Tempest — Shakespeare in the Park

It was lovely of the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) to give us at The Ridge a pair of tickets to watch Shakespeare in the Park, The Tempest last week. Set in the middle of Fort Canning Park, the entire space of greenery fronting the majestic stage is ideal for a picnic while viewing a play, so it’s no...

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[Interview] Behind The Tempest

Shakespeare in the Park returns for the eighth time at Fort Canning Park, featuring The Tempest from 29th April to 25th May 2015! Organised by the Singapore Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park is an annual event that stages the English playwright’s plays outdoors. Over the years, these have included Othello, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We chat with...

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[Review] Public Enemy

Directed by acclaimed local director Glen Goei, Public Enemy (playing in Victoria Theatre from 9th to 25th April 2015) is an adaptation of Norwegian masterpiece An Enemy of the People. Despite having being written over a hundred years ago by Henrik Ibsen, the central conflicts of the story still hold true today. Starring the versatile Ivan...

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[Review] The Sony Xperia Z3

Having been a loyal (read: lazy) Samsung user the past two years, I began contemplating a change since the last New Year’s Eve, when it dawned on me that my trusty Samsung S4 was a little dated as my friends took out their smartphones during photo-taking time. Being a tech goon also meant that I didn’t...

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[Interview] Glen Goei, director of play Public Enemy

Come April 2015, W!LD RICE will be presenting Public Enemy, a thought-provoking play about truth, democracy and the tyranny of the majority. It’s adapted from Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s powerful classic, An Enemy of the People. The story revolves around the conflict between a man who stands up for what he thinks is right against the public opinion....

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[Review] Mies Julie

Bold. Daring. Intense. Tragic. Mies Julie lives up to its name, and is definitely more than worthy of the awards and accolade it has gained since its first screening since 2012. Set in the fictitious homestead of Veenen Plaas in The Karoo, South Africa, the 90 minute play does not possess a single moment that...

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[Review] Give Me Your Blood And I Will Give You Freedom

The weekend before the last (15th-17th August 2014) saw a performance carried out over 50 hours in marathon style by visual artist Nikhil Chopra at 72-13 on Mohammed Sultan Road. Trained in fine art, with many past visual performances carried out over extended periods such as Coal on Cotton and La Perle Noir, Nikhil Chopra...

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[Review] Facing Goya

  The 37th Singapore International Festival of Arts opened with Facing Goya on 12th August 2014, at the newly restored Victoria theater, a rather symbolic choice of venue as the festival had began right there in 1977. The theme of SIFA this year is ‘legacies of the 20th century’, and Facing Goya fits right in,...

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