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Theatre review: Art, by Nine Years Theatre

Published on Feb 10, 2014 3:32 PM
Production photos from the play Art, presented by Nine Years Theatre. A Mandarin adaptation of the 1994 play by French playwright Yasmina Reza starring Peter Sau, Oliver Chong and Liu Xiaoyi (left to right) -- PHOTO: ESPLANADE-THEATRES ON THE BAY

Huayi - Chinese Festival of Arts/Esplanade Theatre Studio/Friday

If your best friend spends an incredible amount of money on something you think is absolute trash, what would you do?

Certainly not flay the skin off your friendship, leaving its muscles bare and nerves raw - as is the case of the three friends Marc, Serge and Yvan.

Nine Years Theatre's production of Art takes the gloves off and fights dirty. This Mandarin adaptation of French playwright Yasmina Reza's sharp comedy is as generous with brutality as it is with humour, and it is on this quick pacing that the show relies on when its repetitive script wears thin.

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