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Author Archives: Sharmila Melissa Yogalingam

Ex-professor, Ex-phd student, current freelance critic, writer and filmmaker.

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Public Enemy,’ Wild Rice’s Adaptation of Ibsen’s ‘An Enemy of the People’

Wild Rice Public Enemy Ibsen

Just as with the questions Dr. Chee faces in the play, do you stand up for what's right when the cost is so large? Is there a limit to how much cost you will bear? Will the limit be jail time, or harm to your family? Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ the Musical

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Beauty and the Beast, the musical based on the 1991 animated film of the same name, is running at the Marina Bay Sands Theatre from 21 March to 3 May 2015. With a book by Linda Woolverton, music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, and with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by ... Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ by Nassim Soleimanpour

Pam Oei

Were the audience members who ran up on stage plants? Was the water really poisoned? Rather than find out, I think I'll let the final act's theme of "not knowing" linger a little longer. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Cats’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Cats musical

Despite an uninvolving story and some dated music, 'Cats' has thrilling dancing and costumes, a still-enthralling garbage-dump set and a few evergreen songs. Read More »

TV Review: ‘Homeland’ Season Four – Sincere and Scintillating, but Stumped and Sanitized

Photo by FOX Movies Premium

What about the approximately 500 000 American-Muslims who wear the hijab each day out of their own choice, even as they might struggle to do so within a sometimes extremely precarious environment - Wasn't Fara suddenly appearing without her hijab one big 'Fuck You' to them? Read More »

Interview: Juliette Binoche on Her New Film ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’, Singapore International Film Festival

Juliette Binoche Clouds of Sils Maria

And what's her secret to aging? With a laugh, she says, 'I don’t feel time when I work – and that’s probably why I work all the time!' Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Dim Sum Dollies – The History of Singapore Part 2′

Mrs Soharto (Selena Tan), Indira Gandhi (Pam Oei) and Mrs Marcos (Denise Tan) reacting to Singapore's progress in 1981. 

Image by Dream Academy.

Outrageously funny, full of timely insights regarding the Singapore landscape, and delivered with the most pitch perfect comedic timing. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story’

Photo Credit - Luk Monsaert. Peter Pan and Wendy (Centre).

There are acrobats and pretty set pieces, along with gorgeous costumes, that will keep audiences entertained throughout the 2 hour show. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘The Way We Go’ by Checkpoint Theatre

Agatha Mao (Lydia Look) and Violet Chan (Neo Swee Lin)

Unfortunately, this critic wanted to love this play, but was left asking what was the purpose of it all? Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Mama Mia’ by Base Entertainment

Rosie, Tanya and Donna

'Mama Mia' is highly effective in transporting one to this Greek isle and, together with the music and dancing, you can almost hear the Aegean Sea yourself. Read More »