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Review- La Traviata- More Than Musical21-7-17

“La Traviata” — More than Musical, 17-18 June, ArtisTreeRedeploying opera in new formulas for new audiences can generate howls of protest from die-hard traditionalists, but it’s hard to see what is wrong with it in principle: in the theatre, this sort of thing is done all the time.

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Review- The Learned Ladies of Mid-Levels- The Shadow Players 30-6-17

How to be a learned person? Last night at Fringe Club, The Shadow Players “taught” us the importance of unlearning what is (presumed to be) learned, through laughing and a high dose of local stereotypes.

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Review - Au-Dela Du Temps - Le P en V Innovative Platform28-6-17

For generations, artists have found inspiration in sorrow, loss and melancholy. Every discipline finds a way to sublimate this pain into something beautiful. For Chong Chan Po, the medium is dance. His show Au-delà du Temps, in his words, invites the audience “to cast away sorrows from past losses” in a ceremonious ritual for transcendence of time.

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Review - A Grand Night For Singing - HK Singers - Fringe18-6-17

A Grand Night for Singing, presented by The Hong Kong Singers, is a truly lovely walk down memory lane. It takes you back to a simpler time where love was innocent.

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Review - The Barber of Seville- Opera Hong Kong6-6-17

Gioacchino Rossini whipped off “The Barber of Seville” (“Il Barbiere di Siviglia”) in a couple of weeks. When asked about this, his contemporary Gaetano Donizetti quipped something about Rossini being lazy.

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Review- West Side Story- Lunchbox Theatrical Productions6-6-17

During a scorching summer in the Upper West Side, the boys of two gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, fight against one another for domination of the streets in the area. The first gang is made of sons of previous immigrants to America, who fight new arrivals from Puerto Rico.

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Review - Why Not Kill Us All? - CCDC1-6-17

The concept of this piece is, as stated by Bruce Wong himself: "Fear and violence are inseparable. Violence does not solve anything but it is a release of fear...."

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Review – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)- Aurora Theatre 27-5-17

Pursuing perfection may be difficult. Pursuing comedy may be harder. But writing a review about a play as deliriously madcap, comically adept, and audience-engaged as The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) – if not equally daunting – is formidable enough.

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Review - All In The Timing & A Minor Case Of Murder - CSR Theatre24-5-17

Timing is everything in a stage production no matter the size of the stage and CSR Theatre Company are perfectionists at their timing. I am not normally a fan of one act plays but this kept me enthralled and in laughter the whole way through and eager for the next performance.

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Review- Post-Perception/Transcendence- CCDC6-4-17

CCDC has brought us another outing in Post-Perception/Transcendence with choreography from Sang Jijia and dramaturgy from Tang Shu-wing. This ensemble is focusing upon the concept of 'Consciousness' and how to be 'conscious', which in their interpretation is the body and essence itself being aware, not necessarily the mind.

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