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Author Archives: Sharmila Melissa Yogalingam

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

Interview: Lydia Look of Checkpoint Theatre’s ‘The Way We Go’

Lydia Look

'It’s essential to speak like an American if you are auditioning for an American role in an American show. [But] yes, I can do a Singapore accent. Once a Singaporean, always a Singaporean.' Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott

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The acting and accents aren't the greatest, but fine singing voices will have you humming and singing the retro tunes hours after you leave the theatre. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Gitanjali [I Feel the Earth Move]’ by The Necessary Stage

Harrison (left) in a dance segment.
Photo credit: Caleb Ming / SURROUND

Despite a too-common plot, this entertaining play about an Indian Odissi dancer was well-acted and danced. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘The Arsonists’ at Hot Chocolate Theatre

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Though the production is very problematic, it should be considered a feather in Hot Chocolate's cap that this brand-new amateur theatre could do something difficult. Read More »

Interview with Prem John, the Reluctant Actor from Singapore

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Acting was never something I dreamt of ever! Read More »

Hot Chocolate Theatre, Singapore’s First Repertory Theatre, to Open with ‘The Arsonists’

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Singapore has never had a true repertory theatre before. Read More »

Interview with Kalki Koechlin – from Bollywood to ‘Trivial Disasters’ in Singapore

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I am myself on a special journey and taking everything as it comes. Everyday is a surprise. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Dance Like a Man’ by Mahesh Dattani

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India's longest-running English-language play proves that Dance has the power to fracture, but also mend, relationships Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Mies Julie’ by Yaël Farber (Based on Strindberg)

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Despite some preachiness, the authentic, organic, and powerful performances from the cast and accompanying musicians make this steamy and erotic tale seduce its audience. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Hotpants’ by Dick Lee

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Singapore has changed so much since 1972, but the very funny 'Hotpants' is still relevant and exciting today. Read More »