Theatre review: Ox, by Skinned Knee Productions
From a shophouse to a beach to a restaurant, Skinned Knee Productions has been exploring various ways to take theatre out of the theatre. This outing follows in that same vein at the former, stripped-down premises of the restaurant-bar The Vault.
Set against its raw brick walls, Ox comes across as a deeply personal parable, ostensibly about a young woman connecting with her grandmother's message of emotional strength. It was written by emerging playwright and actress Adeline Pang, a recent graduate from the Lasalle College of the Arts.
But running parallel to this stronger main narrative is a confused series of subplots and blended fables that make so many detours and stop-starts along the way that by the time its hour is up, it ends up exactly where it began.