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Author Archives: Sharmila Melissa Yogalingam

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

Interview: Alfian Sa’at of Wild Rice’s Malaysia-Singapore Theatrical Collaboration ‘Another Country’ on Amos Yee and Singapore Theatre

Alfian Sa'at

"The ‘political’ is still a taboo, and the idea of what constitutes the political is really wide." Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Another Country’ by Alfian Sa’at and Wild Rice

The Malaysia Actors. Photo courtesy of Wild Rice, taken by Albert

This well-acted production is a collaborative project between Wild Rice's Ivan Heng who directs Singapore actors performing Malaysian texts and Malaysian theatre stalwart Jo Kukathas who takes the reins as director for Singapore texts performed by Malaysian actors. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘Quarters’ by Arivazagan Thirugnanam at Avant Theatre

Quarters Singapore

'Quarters' has plenty of heart, but could've used some major script editing and trimming of characters to make it a tighter play and a better study of people living in close quarters. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): ‘La Vie En Rose’ – Songs of Edith Piaf by Sing Theatre

la vie en rose sing theatre edith piaf

All the singers were highly talented and excellent, but the stunner of the night had to be L.A. Benjamin. With her Whitney Houston-like gospel voice soaring effortlessly to the rafters, Benjamin's performance easily struck a chord with the audience's hearts. Read More »

Theatre Review (Singapore): Dim Sum Dollies – ‘The History of Singapore Part 1′ by Dream Academy

From left: Pam Oei (standing), Denise Tan, Selena Tan and Hossan Leong. Photo courtesy of Dream Academy.

The show is fun and entertaining, and it's certainly a production made specifically for Singaporeans. And that's the best birthday gift to a nation turning 50 soon - and to its theatre-loving citizens. Read More »

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


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 »