Performance Performing Arts

Review: The Weight of Silk on Skin (Monday Show Entertainment, 2016)

Monday Show Entertainment quietly dazzles in debuting Huzir’s script at the local black box, but John’s heart seems elsewhere.

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Premiering in Malaysia five years after first stealing breath in Singapore, Huzir Sulaiman‘s intimate, enthrallingly adult look at a man continues to charm, titillate and mend. Conjuring the delightful, solitary John Au Yong as an alpha male, director Richard Chua reaches out on a wider scale by investing in the emotional core of John’s journey. Most-successfully realising Richard’s vision is set designer Waylon Ling, who thoughtfully mounts the story onto a Dieter Rams turntable. John at times seems untouched by the weight of his own words in this latest incarnation — occasionally haphazard with his diction — but he looks absolutely fantastic in his Ted Baker suit, and so does every other sleekly-designed item within his reach. Tugging heartstrings under cold, blue light as he longingly caresses a sleek, shimmering number on a mannequin, some of John’s faults are forgiven by the end of the night. But he’s still got work to do if he wants Anna back.

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The Weight of Silk on Skin runs from 26 – 28 February 2016 at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre. Directed by Richard Chua, this latest staging stars and is produced by Dominic Lucien Luk.

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