Post Curtain Call:
Theatresauce who?? That’s the one thing you wouldn’t be asking when you’re at the curtain call in Indicine, klpac. This new (3-month-old) company- consisting of a not-so-new production team- makes its Malaysian theatre company debut with ‘Antigone’. Pronounced “an-tee-gugh-knee”; not “anti-gone”. When we first walked in to the set of ‘Antigone’, we heard murmurs from the older folks: “This one fashion show ah?” The stage was built like a runway, even with exits just like a runway. The audience was seated on both the left and right sides, yes, like a runway. One particular voice said, “… hot guys,” so, yeah. Runway it is!
The show started and not even five minutes into it, we sorta had a sense of the complete setting of the show. Actors who were garbed in monochrome outfits (except Kreon, who possessed a red tie) gave off a sense of modernism in the play. We must mention how unique the set was; with a very interesting choice of lighting design, the story was lit up very well. The modernism was taken a step further with the appropriate use of strobe lights, and EDM music accompanying the chorus as they “did their thang”. That, we found, was super rad!
Although the show was lacking an obvious dramatic curve, the actors were no less a presence onstage. Stunning performances by everyone, we must say. Antigone, played by Dawn Cheong; Ismene, played by Claudia Low- both of whom we thought were perfect casting. Taking their roles to the next level, embodying the Greek mythological characters. Major credit goes out to the Three Henchmen, Oliver Johanan, Brian Chan, and Andrew Wood, all of whom graced the stage practically throughout the 70-minute run. They did well delivering their lines, dancing (choreography by Lex Lakshman Balakrishnan), and assisting Kreon- played by the talented Qahar Aqilah- whose role was indeed an important and a tough one.
Alfred Loh, who played the guard and messenger, was so distinct in both his roles that we almost thought it was two different actors. Gregory Sze, who played Haimon, Farah Rani, who portrayed Teiresias, and Amanda Ang who performed Eurydike, were equally as amazing as the rest of the cast, although their stage time was short. They had such strong characters with equally strong characteristics.
We felt the show ended a little prematurely. As mentioned above, there was no 180-degree turn to the climax and back, which probably made the ending a little too abrupt. However, the ending dictated a question to ask yourself – Team Antigone or Team Kreon? Both of them have their valid points; it depends on which side you lean towards.
Director Kelvin Wong said at the post-performance conversation: “Good casting is 70% of the show done. Especially with actors who come in bringing their own ideas.” He adds, “instead of casting someone and taking 5 weeks to 5 months developing their character, we might as well cast someone who naturally embodies that character”, when asked how this show was done. Major kudos to Kelvin Wong and Marina Tan (dramaturg and assistant director) for putting on a show of this level with a really good use of space, good blocking, dramatic entrances of characters, and just the whole vision in general.
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