On very rare occasions you get a once in a Lifetime gift. It could be an opportunity, a chance meeting, an event that probably won’t ever happen again. If you seize it, the sense of satisfaction can be immense. If you miss it, the ravages of regret can be intense.
Today was one of the happiest days of my Life because one of my dreams came true – K488.
I have made it a point to watch Shakespeare in the Park since I first saw Macbeth in 2011, but skipped last year’s Othello due to its depressing nature. I didn’t write about Twelfth Night, but after watching this year’s production I simply had to blog about the Merchant of Venice.
Performing Shakespeare in anachronistic settings is nothing new, and for this performance the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) went for the modern corporate world. Antonio is a rich merchant, Portia is the modern corporate superwoman, and Shylock an Indian chettiar.
I think this metropolitan setting is appropriate, and the interweaving of modern day elements like technology and modern memes work very well in bringing the play to Life and making it a lot more accessible to today’s audiences. Portia is wooed by tablets, selections are made by touchscreen, messages are disseminated through text/ chat messages, and the wanes of Antonio’s fortunes are made more plausible through hints of not just shipping, but commodity market failures.
I first discovered the Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC) 5 years ago when I caught the Othello Rap on Youtube. I fell in love with the idea behind The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) immediately and ordered the DVD from Amazon. I have watched it many times, each time splitting my sides with uncontrollable laughter and awed by what true mastery of the English language can do to amaze and delight.
Imagine my joy when out of the blue comes this production at the DBS Arts Centre. I bought my ticket immediately.