Spotlight on: 'Thunderstorm'
This month, klpac will see the Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat take on Tsao Yu’s ‘Thunderstorm’. Written in the early 1930s, ‘Thunderstorm’ is considered one of China’s most prominent dramatic works. Scholars have even dubbed Tsao Yu as the Chinese Ibsen. Directed by local theatre pioneer Dato Faridah Merican, the play explores many themes – from dissecting conservative rigid social hierarchies to exploring the corruption present in modern society. Here are some things you need to know before watching it. What’s the play about? Essentially, the story is about the family of wealthy industrialist Chou Pu-Yuan. It revolves around the complicated relationships the family has with each other and their servants. Pu-Yuan’s wife, Fan-Yi, is in love and is having an affair with Chou Ping (her stepson), while he himself is in love with their servant, Ssu-Feng. We don’t want to spoil it for you but there are more twists and other shocking revelations as the story develops. Sounds like a soap opera. On the surface it sounds like a daytime drama you would find on TV3. However, it’s much deeper than that. The characters are three dimensional and each relationship acts as a metaphor to reveal Tsao Yu’s criticism of traditional values clashing with modernity.Carmen Soo as Chou Fan-Yi Is the play going to be in English? Yes, the play will be performed completely in English. The production is based on the English translation by Wang Tso-Liang and AC Barnes. Actually, there has been a Malay
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Directed by local theatre pioneer Dato Faridah Merican, 'Thunderstorm' explores many themes – from dissecting conservative rigid social hierarchies to exploring the corruption present in modern society. The story is about the family of wealthy industrialist Chou Pu-Yuan, and revolves around the complicated relationships the family has with each other and their servants.
KL International Comedy Festival: Making S#it Up
This improv comedy show will be happening in conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival. The lineup of comedians include Harith Iskander, Papi Zak, Kavin Jay, Prince Abdi and more. Be prepared for an afternoon of spontaneous comedy.
Thai Film Festival
Organised by The Royal Thai Embassy of Malaysia, the Thai Film Festival will be a week-long event where you can catch five Thai movies at selected GSC cinemas including GSC Mid Valley, GSC One Utama, and GSC Pavilion KL. The films which will be shown at the festival are ‘Take Me Home’, ‘Mr Hurt’, ‘One Day’, ‘The Crown’ and ‘A Gift’. Visit Thai Film Festival’s Facebook page for information how you can redeem your free tickets.
New restaurants and bars in KL
Brussels Beer Café Tropicana City Mall
Ever since opening their first branch in Jaya One almost nine years ago, Brussels Beer Café has gone on to open multiple outlets all over the country. Their latest opening in Tropicana City Mall doesn’t stray far from their usual script of serving up good and reliable Belgian food and beer.
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Bangsar has gone through many phases – unobtrusive residential area, clubbing haven, arts and culture quarter, and now, café district. From the busy streets of Telawi to the more laidback Jalan Bangkung and Jalan Kemuja, we round up the best restaurants, bars, cafés and things to do in Bangsar.
Populated by expatriates and upper middle class families, Hartamas is fancy – even its name says so (‘harta’, treasure; ‘mas’, gold). This isn’t saying that the area is inaccessible for us 'mere mortals' – in fact, it’s quite the opposite now. With many cafés and eateries opening up around the 'hood, plenty of non-Hartamas residents flock here, and not just for the lineup of Japanese restaurants. By the way, we're also including the best places to eat and visit in neighbouring areas Mont Kiara and Solaris Dutamas. Fun fact: The area was the premise of a local TV show titled (surprise, surprise) ‘Hartamas’ starring Ida Nerina and Rashidi Ishak.
The wide land that is Damansara has the privilege of being both KL and Selangor. It can be confusing – Bukit Damansara for example, is not exactly near the main Damansaras while Ara Damansara is somewhat Subang (and sometimes even Shah Alam). To make things easier for you, we've picked some of the best restaurants, cafés, bars and things to do in each Damansara area.
Damansara Utama is home to Damansara Uptown, the land of hard-to-find parking spots and more cafés than you can shake a stick at. We say park in the new Starling Mall and walk about the area before you eventually step in to an eatery. Here are our picks of restaurants, cafés, shops and things to do in the area. PS: If your favourite spot isn't featured here, let us know in the comments.
Let’s not mask the fact that Sunway is an area dominated by students, which isn’t saying that it’s a bad thing. If you need help getting around the area, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is making things better. It’s fast – not a concept Malaysians are accustomed to hearing and practising. Let’s not also forget about Sunway Pyramid and Sunway Lagoon, where there are plenty of things to do. If you don’t have plans in Sunway, you do now.
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100 best local dishes and drinks in KL
We are a food city. One that caters to the food-obsessed; one that alternates between street and traditional dining, at any budget and time of the day. Here are the 100 best dishes and drinks that truly defines us, from the contentious nasi leamk to the humble roti canai. Loosen your belt – you've got much eating to do.
Best nasi lemak in KL
We pick the best places in town for a satisfying plate of the country's pride and joy – the mighty nasi lemak. Hunt down these nasi lemak joints for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even supper, because our national dish doesn't restrict itself to a certain meal time – which is why we love it so much.