It isn’t often I tell my friends to go watch a play, especially not something local. Too much overacting, horrible enunciation (I will never get over a certain thespian saying "CHAL-dren" instead of "chill-dren") and the feeling that the players are acting, instead of becoming, their characters.
But if you have a heart at all then I’d suggest you let Footstool Players remind you about that "Crazy Little Thing called Love".
They’re making the rounds at churches right now because their roots are in Christian-themed theatre, but this particular show isn’t about faith – it’s about love. And few things are as universal as the feeling that inspires more songs or works of art than any other emotion.
It’s a series of rather poignant sketches that alternately poke gentle fun at relationship cliches, or paint pictures of hurt, loss and longing. They also have the nifty addition of songs to create a sort of musical flow between the sketches, to help create the mood.
One sketch that bothered me, yet at the same time rent the edges of this jaded heart to shreds was Word Picture acted ably by Ee Soon Wei and Adrene Wong. Soon Wei has a slight lisp, which could have proved distracting but instead added a touch of vulnerability to his silently hurting career man character. I applaud Adrene’s daring tackle of dialogue which is a little unrealistic in its verbosity – the metaphors seem too carefully written to be believable but in the end, it’s not the words but the general feeling conveyed. It’s real in the sense you really feel the hurt, you see the gulf they unwittingly put between them and you want them to build the bridge they need to cross it and find each other again. Oh, my poor, poor heart got such a workout at the end of it.
Thankfully not all the sketches are as emotionally-wrenching as that one, with plenty of room for brevity and laughs.
So do yourself a favour and catch the Footstool Players at KLPAC next month.
Dates and ticket prices are below:
6–8, 13–15 November 2008 @ 8:30 pm
8–9, 15–16 November 2008 @ 3:00 pm
Tickets: RM30 adults / RM20 students, senior citizens and disabled
Tickets available from: KLPac Box Office Tel: (03) 4047 9000
Actors Studio at BSC Tel: (03) 2094 0400/1400
Tickets on sale from late September. Check www.klpac.com for details.