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Theatre review: Wanita, a take on the colourful lives of 1950s Malay socialites, is richly layered

Published on Aug 30, 2014 1:14 PM
A publicity image for Wanita (The Women), directed by Aidli 'Alin' Mosbit, staged at the Esplanade's Pesta Raya 2014. -- PHOTO: ESPLANADE / THEATRES ON THE BAY

Esplanade Theatre Studio
Aug 29, 2014

The eight women depicted on the poster for Wanita, dressed in elegant kebaya with flowers adorning their hair, are alluring.

Yes, their smiles are attractive, but their eyes tell a hidden story – one of pain, secrets and sacrifice.

It is this unpeeling of appearances that makes Wanita such a delight to watch.

Presented as part of Esplanade’s Pesta Raya, this comedy of manners directed by Aidli ‘Alin’ Mosbit revolves around eight women from the privileged echelons of Malay society in 1950s Singapore, and the lengths they go to achieve what they want.

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