>miss fit by the etceteras
>reviewed by daniel teo
3 aug 2001
It was ironic and somewhat fitting that the night I watched the production, the whole theatre was filled to the brim with giggly teenagers out for the night. Laughing at every remotely funny moment and much more at those not that funny, the merits of Art were clearly not on their minds. They were there to have fun - culture be damned!
MISS FIT had no pretensions of being high art. From silly jokes about
crushing sparrows to death with her heavy weight (you really have to watch
it to know why) to copious puns about obesity, the play mapped the evolution
of protagonist Ah Zhu. Facing imagined increasing scrutiny from her friends
and most of all herself, she feels the need to conform to society's standard
of beauty as she questions her self-worth. Throw in the stodgy but sweet
boyfriend and you have bite-size sitcom drama ready to be wrapped in 30
>>'What the production had in abundance was a generous sense of fun and imagination.'
for lead Xu Huiling, the rest of the characters couldn't bring across
the intended stockness of characters they were playing and were thus halfway
between satire and realism. Lead actress Huiling was sufficiently confident
to bring across her character's insecurities without sounding like Singapore's
Bridget Jones. At times boiling with jealousy and at times plagued by
fear, she handled her role beautifully - with the ease and confidence
you wished her character would gain.
As the play
prodded along one started wishing for a greater depth in its characters
and plot. Thoughtless pop psychology prevailed throughout the night as
motivations weren't given deeper treatments and were frequently left to
the superficial levels of clichés.