IMPORTS is a bargain, because you get two plays for the price of one. The first is called “Method” and the second is called “Street Lamp Named Desire“.
I think the description of “Method” on the KLPAC website is misleading at best, and counter-productive at worst. I say this because tells you nothing about the play, and does little to entice you to go watch it. And while we’re on the subject, I also dislike the expression “double bill” because it conjures up images of mutant pelicans.
Anyway, I personally would have described it thusly:
“Method”, can best be described as play within a play. Adopting an Inception-esque approach to theatre, writer and director Jude James casts his own girlfriend (Medina Azaldin) to play the girlfriend of writer, Adam (portrayed by the incredibly sexy Thomas Pang). In an increasingly uninspiring world, James showcases the lengths writers will go in search of inspiration; masterfully combining a tale of struggle, sexuality, and love with a Spanish Inquisition of sorts. A must-watch play, featuring imported talent Gonzalo Morquecho, last seen in Hollywood appearing as Antonio Banderas’ butt double.
Now, isn’t that much better? It’s also entirely true, by the way. But I guess the only way you’ll find out is by either a) watching the play, or b) getting Gonzalo Morquecho and Antonio Bandares together for a butt comparison. Realistically, you’ll probably only get to do one of the two, so go watch the play.
The second play has a much more accurate description on the website:
“Street Lamp Named Desire”, written by Thomas Pang and directed by Marvin Wong, tells a modern day fairytale right down to the talking birds. But when the girl of your dreams is about to move out, what’s a doorman to do?
They had me at “talking birds“. But I have to say that I ended up feeling annoyed. I won’t say I was ‘disappointed’, because it was actually quite refreshing and entertaining at first; but it got really draggy towards the end.
After the point at which I felt it should have ended, it carried on for another 20 minutes or so. I loved the birds, but the extra time really killed them for me. I think I just wasn’t convinced that they were real anymore. Maybe the actors failed to stay in character or maybe it was just too much of a good thing. I don’t know, maybe you won’t have a problem with it. But me personally, if i’m promised birds, I want to see birds, and for the duration of the play, I want to completely believe that they are birds. So I think dragging it out only served to wake me from my dream – keeping it shorter would have kept the illusion alive.
Overall, I thought the stories were interesting but the whole thing needed fine tuning. But to be fair, it was preview night. Who knows, by now, they might be presenting a different play altogether. On top of that, I should add that Thomas and Gonzalo are good actors and a joy to watch on stage. For those reasons alone, you should definitely go check it out. I’d love to hear what you think.
This write up comes a bit late, for reasons i’ve explained, but I still hope you’ll get a chance to watch the play. It’s on at 8.30pm tonight and 3pm tomorrow. Tickets are only RM28!