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Published Thu, Mar 13, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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WITH the Singapore Repertory Theatre's recent reputation for bringing in the blockbuster plays, its Made in Singapore platform last weekend was a welcome addition to the local playwriting scene. Made in Singapore was a double bill: A Wedding, a Funeral & Lucky, the Fish by Dora Tan and Stand Behind the Yellow Line by Michelle Tan.

Both were very stylistically different plays, even if they presented intrinsic Singaporean qualities given the characters and topics. The plays had been "works in progress" for about two years - and given a decent enough staging so they were just a bit more than black box productions.

A Wedding, however, could have been more fast-paced and farcical, while the more satirical Stand Behind could have been tightened and not forced into its contrived ending. One could see the efforts to nudge the plays towards universality so that they were less tied to the Singapore context.

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