Post Curtain Call:
Despite the title, there wasn’t a curtain call this time; not for lack of applause though. ‘Titus Andronicus’ bore a simplistic set design; you can sort of see it on our instagram page. Sitting in DPAC’s Blackbox and waiting for the play to start, we were just wondering how the play would go since it was done in the round (when the audience surrounds the stage).
In the first scene, the actors filled the stage all dressed in pure white. As they “adopted” their character, they donned raincoats. I know right! Raincoats, who would have ever thought? They worked extremely well though. It could have been one of the most interesting methods of establishing characters that we’ve seen to date.
Throughout the whole play, it was RAINING… with drama (pun intended). The energy of each actor was really brought out through admirable acting, given that the script was tough because – Shakespeare. But as the 150-minute play went on, the audience members started losing their cool and becoming fidgety because the pacing dropped midway through the first half. One lady decided to take out her phone and scroll through her messages (NOT ACCEPTABLE! New article coming soon).
In the second half, the pacing picked up and it ended very interestingly. Very. Interestingly. Props to lighting designer Yusman Mokhtar for commendable lighting choices. The whole stage area was well lit from floor to top. We especially liked the scene where Lavinia (played by Anrie Too) was on the floor and a soft blue light lent her a surreal quality. Very simple but very beautiful. On a separate note, we couldn’t help but feel that some of the delivered lines went very weakly, almost like the actor(s) didn’t fully understand those particular lines.
Notable shoutouts for a job well done to: Tika Mu’tamir (who played Saturninus) for portraying a royal male character almost flawlessly, with good use of hand gestures, facial expressions, and the way she walked around the space. Shaun Chen and David Perico Lim, who played both sons to Tomora and Titus, offered a display of brotherhood that captured the audience. Of course, Shaun Chen wouldn’t be complete without a violin scene. Anrie Too really nailed her role as Lavinia, especially with that grunt she lets out many times. Lastly, Sheila Wyatt-Beggs, who played Tamora; we couldn’t help but notice that most of her stage time in the beginning was closer to the floor (poor thing!).
It was obvious that some of the props used fell down/came out/dropped out a few times during the play. The actors who picked those items up really saved the scenes and the scenes to come, as they did it in character. It almost seemed like it was planned and could’ve gone unnoticed. Good job!
All in all, you should definitely check out the show. You only have a few more days to catch it, so don’t miss it!