As always, the familia makes time to support projects that feature one of the nation’s evolving thespians, Abdul Qahar Aqilah.
While he made us laugh to the point of almost-peeing-in-one’s-pants in Shear Madness, he made a 180-degree turn to tackle one of the more heavyweight plays ever written, Angels in America.
It was our first visit to Damansara Performing Arts Center at Empire Damansara. Apprentice was extra excited because we were to have dinner within the area before attending the play. A gentle reminder was sent out to those who bought tickets for the weekend shows to turn up early and collect respective tickets as both sessions were Sold Out (and any booked-yet-to-be-paid ones will be released to the waiting crowd). Angels in America ended its run on Sunday, Aug 17th.
First impression of DPAC is the familiar vibe of organic creativity we get from the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center (KLPAC). Despite the area being rather ‘new-ish’, I can visualize the industrial look of the center aging well as the years pass and more theater enthusiasts flock to this new gem.
By the time we got to the queue on the upper floor, it was ten minutes to Opening time. A makeshift counter was set up on the side for those who wanted snacks and drinks to be served during intermission. This is a well-oiled production! LOL!
Entering into the cool medium-sized theater was a delightful respite from the muggy heat outside. I noticed there were various “white spaces” laid out on stage side – oh, they’ve set up vignettes to depict various scenes all at once? Once we settled in our seats only then I realized the performers were ALREADY in the venue, sitting in a row, silently, in the dark.
The audience was given a gentle reminder of no flash photography and no recording during the performance. Cue multiple selfie sessions on left bank before play began
I had a rough idea of what the play was about, but was surprised at the extreme artistic risks taken by actors who played key roles. Left bank (made up of mostly newbies to theater) gasped in surprise/ shock as the play progressed.
Apprentice was probably traumatized watching her uncle perform, but Grandma was there to the rescue, explaining what those critical scenes meant! Thank God from Grandma, and Thank Goodness I didn’t have to do all the explainin’! LOL!! 😄
I was most moved at the end of the play when the dying partner requested his long-time partner to just dance with him in his final hours. What matters in the end, really, is the human connection we all crave no matter what label society puts on us.
Kudos to all actors who made this night a Memorable one for all who were treated to a Pulitzer-Prize winning play by Tony Kushner.