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Rojak! shorts and monologues

I wrote an entry on Rojak! the shorts and monologues last week, and went for the opening show last night. To sum it up, it was a very good show, and very well worth the entrance fee. If you have a chance, go catch it. It’ll be a good alternative to watching, say, Ice Age 2, which sucked.

This will be a little bit of review and criticism (hopefully constructive) on last night’s performance.

warning: Those who doesn’t want any potential spoilers, you can stop reading. This entry contains alot of pictures too.

Overview:
There are 5 shorts & monologues on each side of the 15 minute intermission. Altogether the play lasted about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Below are my comments on each performance, by sequence (I don’t remember the titles and don’t have a booklet with me)

Rojak! shorts and monologues
A story about the brutality of sales girls. This play is funny, showing not only the hardcore tactics of each girl trying to get the customer by their product, but also the general brutality of female that you don’t want to mess with. The cast gave a pretty good performance, a good opening act.

Rojak! shorts and monologues
Two friends spending some time at a mamak stall, talking about everything from current issues, politics, and personal relationship, a reflection of everyday life of a Malaysian. Some pretty daring display of “free speech” was involved, touching on some sensitive issues some of us might want to avoid being on record.

While pretty good in it’s own right, I feel that the ending was a little confusing. If it was meant to be a parody of an unfortunate event that happened at a mamak stall in PJ, I would think the victims and anyone who has anything to do with them will find this in poor taste.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

A happy family, with everything perfect, everyone “chose to be happy”. This is a very comical act, with colorful language and a funny script. Great performance by the ‘son’.

However, the story ended rather abruptly, missing a great opportunity to give it a twist, perhaps revealing that everything of the family is superficial on the surface, while each of them holding multitute of lies and secrecy to support their cheerful display. Then again, it’ll be very long and can probably be a whole 1 hour show by itself.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

A monologue, of a party with no guest turning up. A funny script and a pretty good performance by Emily. Very entertaining.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

Frankly speaking, I don’t get this story. I don’t know what it is about, what are the screamings signify? What about the crazy mother? Who is the teacher, etc, etc. Altogether very confusing. Pretty much a theatrical experiment went wrong.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

This story is slightly less confusing. I gather that it is trying to tell us to doubt the authority, to question the unquestionable, and to seek your own path and not merely following the status quo. Decent performance by the cast.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

This is the monologue that has won the audience, and in my opinion, the best performance of the night. “Who wants to be a Malaysian” reminds me of the Daily Show by Jon Stewart, funny, and hits the various ugly spots that define us as a Malaysian on the dot. The actor gave a superb performance.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

A story at a funeral, the gossips that went on, reflecting what must a mistress go through. A mixture of serious and funny display. The “Indian gossip lady” was pretty good.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

The most serious of all the shorts. A showcase of the oppressed females. The contrast of one who accepts the reality and paint a make-believe picture to herself, and the other who vow to seek equality and stand up for herself. A very good story, and excellent performance by the casts, especially the silent E at the background.

Rojak! shorts and monologues

This is a .. monologue by 7? I don’t know how you call this format. It was entertaining and delivered the anti-smoking message via reverse psychology. A good way to end the play, however, there was a guy smoking outside the building right after the play ended. Perhaps he didn’t get the message. hehe.

No conclusion here (I wrote it in the beginning,) go watch and have fun. By the way, their website – The Oral Stage

Discuss : KY review – Rojak! @ KLPAC

  1. FireAngel

    I can’t wait to see my friend in action. WOOT! GO YOU!

  2. Thank you for the review! πŸ™‚ — From the girl who sold you the souvenir programme booklet. HAHA.

  3. thanks again for coming ky, really appreciate it!

    hahaa… couture….. me, e and rachel always end up with sore bums after that…. πŸ™

    you got happy story right… it was meant to show how illogical perfection is… πŸ™‚

    i kinda screwed my monolouge abit… too fast… hehe… takut mah…

    hahahahaha…. damnation…. hahaha…. the cast had a bet on, the first person to come up to us and tell us that they understood the damnation recital would get 100 bucks from us….. hahahaha…. the blurb gives a way quite a bit of it…. life in 15 minutes…. πŸ˜‰

    boats actually relates more to singaporeans… the writer wrote it with that social context in mind…. yeah, it’s about questioning authority… as in the singaporean government and also how “high and mighty” singaporeans think they are compared to malaysians…. “we don’t need help from a savage..” basically the four people on the boat are singaporeans and the malay man is the malaysian…..

    hahaha…. we knew snajiv would save us all… even if everything flopped there’s still sanjiv’s mono….. hahaha

    3 chairs was actually rehearsed within 1 and a half weeks…. πŸ˜‰
    terra or not?

    off key is actually mocking the tak-nak campaign…. “for 20 million bucks…” that’s how much they’re spending on the thing and it’s obviuosly not working…. this is our response and our reasoning as to why it’s not working…. too bad the smoke machine screwed up cause you all didn’t get to see the ending of the short…. πŸ™

    thanks again… it was real good to have you around…. yeah, criticism was real good, thanks! πŸ™‚

    KY: with regards to Tak Nak, I personally know at least 8 friends who completely quit smoking since last year. Good luck in the next 5 shows!

  4. dailymuscle

    Ah yes.. it was a brilliant show indeed!! Was there on opening night.

  5. Rojak looks interesting, unfortunately I had only experienced it via mouth. I wonder would it ever be released as DVD…Nice pictures, but did you take them (is it allowed)?

    It seems that you are living a high life; eating out often, visting Tou-kyou, and now watching broadway show.

    You need to delineate more about the pimping, though.

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  8. […] Emily of the Oral Stage informed me about thier latest project, fiftyninminutes. Following my previous experience in attending one of their shows (Rojaks), I figure this should be something interesting as well. Not quite the actorlympic caliber, but a nice sort of grassroot feel to the whole thing, what more, at RM 10 per pax, it is alot cheaper. Here are some details on the upcoming show: “Two friends discover faith, direction and the truth. An actress whom we all like to hate. A bitter past haunts a bitterer couple. A girl finds beauty in ugliness. A man and a woman make love over dinner. A fellow Malaysian makes the country proud. And a group of roommates bring back the dead- all within fiftynineminutes” […]

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