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Theatre review: Dick Lee's revamped Hotpants is tighter and funkier

Published on Aug 16, 2014 12:17 PM
 
The year is 1972. Three teenage girls form a band to win Talentime. Their trio of mothers, each with her own secrets, are also friends who go way back. -- PHOTO: ALFRED PHANG 

I did not watch the original 1997 production of Dick Lee’s musical Hotpants, but a Business Times reviewer uncharitably referred to it as “too long, raunchy as a school picnic, and static”.

So I walked into the Drama Centre last Friday expecting a whale of a production: doddering, bloated, and quite prone to beaching itself. Instead, thankfully, we got a dolphin. This revival of Hotpants, is trim, sleek, sometimes cheeky, and overall actually quite fun to be with.

The year is 1972. Three teenage girls, in that delightfully awkward stage of youth, form a band to win Talentime (actually, just to impress boys at a neighbouring school). Their trio of mothers, each with her own secrets, are also friends who go way back.

As the hidden comes to light, it ignites a bitchy mess of alcohol-induced adultery, surprise pregnancies, affairs (an illicit relationship between a vice-principal and his secretary comes complete with spanking and “nipple tickling”) and husband-stealing.

 
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