Sunday, August 12, 2007

'Enemy of the People' at KLpac

Overall, the play was not that good. I'm no theatre critique so I wouldn't know what kind of observations that I should make or the jargon that I should use but this is what I think of it:

The main character playing the Doctor? He was annoying as fuck. Seriously, throughout the first act of the play he bounce around the stage like he's a ballerina. With his self importance ways and being a pompous bastard. If this is his trick to get the audience to hate him (as all the other character in that play are) then I say job well done but if its just the style that he acts then oh gawd, director Joanna Bassey should fire his ass as soon as possible coz he is damn annoying. Talk about a sad case of miscast.

Now that I'm done with that, let me give the summary of the play. A doctor who lives in town in which the major economy is generated by their spa that supposedly cure sickness in people, one day discovered that the water is contaminated. Upon knowing this, he made a big deal about closing it down and cleaning it up but this means that the town will lose their source of income so because of that the people of the town is against him. That's basically "Enemy of the People" in a nutshell.

The story itself is timeless I think, how one man wants to fight for the greater good but instead oppressed because of greed instead. There will always be stories like this but as much as I want to support the Doctor, I cant coz the actor playing his is soooooooo annoying, I cannot stand him. He totally ruins the play for me. Pompous bastard.

The supporting cast was good though, I especially like the Father-In-Law played by Un En-Ng, I think that was his name. I have seen him before in "Tell Tale Heart" by Gavin Yap and even though I did not enjoy the play per se but I did enjoy his performance. He has a certain knack of playing the undercover bad guy. The one that you didn't realise gona fucked you up until he twist that knife in your back.

Overall it wasn't a good play but it wasn't bad either its just that the performance wasn't strong enough for one to get caught in it. And plus the main actor was annoying as fuck, I can't stress that enough.


Flavia said...

Speaking of Gavin Yap; would you like to come with me to watch '4:48 Psychosis' (directed by him, naturally)? It's on at the KLPac from 7th Sept till the 16th Sept. On every night at 8:30 pm, except on the last day, where it's a matinee performance.

I'm desperate to see it! If the description on the website is anything to go by, then I can't wait!
Let me know what you think...

constant_drama said...

Yeah dude, definitely. Just pick which day you wanna go and now I know how to get there already so we dont have to go using public transport.


Flavia said...

You're fab :)