The Classroom Project’s sold-out, melancholic take on Alfian Sa’at’s hilarious Madu II unearths startling moments of tenderness amidst the subsiding storm between conflicted sister-wives.
Directed by Arief Hamizan | Written by Alfian Sa’at
Starring Mia Sabrina Mahadir & Nik Waheeda
Sitting prim and proper at the dining table while Kamariah distantly chops vegetables for dinner, Suhaila is contemplative, yearning to connect with her passive-aggressive co-wife. But Kamariah’s guard is impenetrable — or so it seems until both women reach their boiling point. Across fifty minutes, a burning anxiety over their shared and individual futures will unearth a much-needed, albeit uncommon perspective on Muslim polygamy. In his challenge against campus perceptions of polygamous relationships, young director Arief Hamizan and The Classroom Project tackle Alfian Sa’at‘s revision of P. Ramlee‘s Madu 3 on a makeshift profile stage. It’s two female actors fortunately succeed even with their backs turned, reveling in the script’s amusing, snappy verbal combats. However, it’s Mia Sabrina Mahadir‘s Suhaila who ends up with a little more love by the end of the night. With bruised naivety and stunning sincerity, Suhaila tugs at heartstrings as she continues breaking the wall between both women, serving effective foil to Kamariah’s brusqueness and pragmatism. This student-managed production might as well have opened in a professional black box.
Madu Dua was held from 10 – 13 March at Seminar Room, CAC, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM). Featured image obtained via Kutufutubom.