>my last night in sin by spell#7
>reviewed by eugene tan
21 jun 2001
spell #7 shows often present me with a problem. In attempting to recount them, I often have to ask myself, "Umm where do I start?"
This one is no different, but I suppose I can try.
Two women are in the midst of a gambling face-off as the audience enters the space of the play. As we settle down, one, Boss Tan, asks to borrow 10-cent coins to throw on the floor in a game that is completely unclear, but that we buy anyway, much like the way we sit engrossed by one of the Chow Yun Fatt gambling movies which this play is based on.
And so the show starts, with references to the said genre all over the place. Two cheesy women, Boss Tan and the Queen of Clubs, cards that fall from the ceiling, a trishaw, and wildly bizarre tales of wins, losses and introductions to gambling.
>>'So it was wonderful then? The idea was, but alas, the execution presented certain problems'
The music, though, deserves mention. It sounded a little bit like it was slapped together at the last minute, but it worked in the way the rest of the show felt a little bit slapped together too: the groove is right, so everything falls into place.
So we now know that these are both serious big-time gamblers or at least they wish they were, and so the stakes rise and rise until they bet all, for their ultimate prize, virtue. And it is here that the whole thing starts to make sense.
Two women gambling in a converted church, giving everything for virtue. At once raising very interesting questions about religion in general while entertaining with visuals that are just too cool.
So it was wonderful then?
The idea was, but alas, the execution presented certain problems.
Also, while the music was wonderful for the most part, we heard more of it then we did the actors, so their songs about how they were born into gambling, fantastical stories worthy of its own plays, were completely drowned out. Thank goodness for programme notes.
To be fair
when the actors could be heard, and when they were not playing in a realist
mode, the performance did achieve magic, and that happened at many points
in the show. Unfortunately, though, these moments were short-lived.