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Theatre review: Poor Thing puts the ugly Singaporean in the spotlight

Published on Feb 27, 2014 2:40 PM
 
(From left) Actors Sharda Harrison, Dwayne Lau (background) and Siti Khalijah in a scene from Poor Thing by The Necessary Stage. Just as one might Google a future colleague or a potential romantic partner before a date, there is a certain voyeuristic thrill that comes with "friending" a character from Poor Thing on Facebook prior to the show, which unfolds in The Necessary Stage's Black Box theatre amid the skeletons of two partially dismantled cars. -- PHOTO: CALEB MING / SURROUND

Just as one might Google a future colleague or a potential romantic partner before a date, there is a certain voyeuristic thrill that comes with "friending" a character from Poor Thing on Facebook prior to the show, which unfolds in The Necessary Stage's Black Box theatre amid the skeletons of two partially dismantled cars.

The play makes heavy use of social media, and we are given a glimpse into that selective way a character might curate his public life, poking around his likes and dislikes and what he reveals, unwittingly, about his personality through status updates or photographs.

The character in question is the unemployed Jerome (Dwayne Lau), on his way back to army camp while on reservist, ferried there by his best friend Sharifah (Siti Khalijah) in her brother's car.

They rear-end a fancy BMW after its driver Jevon (Joshua Lim) brakes abruptly at a stop sign while distracted by his wife Alisha (Sharda Harrison), who seems to have had a little too much to drink at a company dinner and dance.

 
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