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Michael Chiang returns with a new comedy about taitais: High Class

Published on May 7, 2013 1:59 PM
 
Singapore's playwright Michael Chiang. The Singaporean tai-tai, long viewed as the pinnacle of social and material success, will finally be getting her own theatre production in Michael Chiang's new play, High Class. -- FILE PHOTO: MICHAEL CHIANG

The Singaporean tai-tai, long viewed as the pinnacle of social and material success, will finally be getting her own theatre production in Michael Chiang's new play, High Class.

High Class is arguably the first Singaporean theatre work to be solely devoted to the taitai phenomenon.

The playwright, 58, says with a chuckle: "Actually, it's such an obvious subject. When you're not working and people ask what you're doing and you say you're going on holiday, they'll say, 'Oh, the taitai lifestyle'. It's a term people bandy about and use quite readily."

The play revolves around the glitzy Alexis (Nikki Muller in her stage debut), a paragon of taitai-hood. She decides to groom taitai wannabes on a reality television show - but instead of five gorgeous contestants, a motley crew of women turn up, ranging from a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner (Audrey Luo) to a dengue-control inspector (Elizabeth Lazan).

 
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