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Philadelphia’s latest Malaysian production, I’m coming! make you cry and laugh at least once by the end of the show

OUR Actors studio and staging klpac Philadelphia, I’m coming! about Danny Tan, a typical middle-class boy born and raised in Cheras. Feeling dissatisfied, he decides to accept his aunt’s offer to join her in Philadelphia. The story takes place the night before and the morning before Danny leaves for America.

The role of Danny is played by two characters: Danny PUBLIC (Danny that people see, talk to and talk about) and Danny PRIVATE (invisible person, person inside, conscience).

Between the two Dannys, they fantasize about their future new life in Philadelphia, where he doesn’t have to face the former love of his life, Vicki Lim, or his uncommunicative father.

Original by Brian Friel Philadelphia, I’m coming! It premiered at the Gaiety Theater in Dublin in 1964, ran for 326 performances on Broadway, and received several Tony Award nominations.

Set in the fictional town of Ballybeg, County Donegal, the play was adapted for the Malaysian stage by Joe Hashem and takes place in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. It was staged three times locally and was a critical success – in 1994, 1998 and 2013 – to full house each time.

Joe is revisiting this iconic play and bringing back some of its original cast members, including beloved Farida Merikan, Patrick Theo and Andre D’Cruz, as well as brand new actors.

In the TAC version, Farida (who is also the show’s executive producer) plays Mac Chik Es, Tang’s witty housekeeper.

In the original series, the O’Donnells’ housekeeper is named Madge, a woman in her sixties who has worked for them for a long time and is therefore comfortable enough to share her many opinions on how they should treat each other.

In the play Mac Chik, Esa from Farida is most similar to Danny’s mother, so he behaves around her the most like himself. She takes care of him while fighting her disappointment and sadness.

Theo plays S. B. Tan, the silent father (originally known as S. B. O’Donnell). This is the third time Patrick has portrayed the character. As a store owner who loves his routine, he barely acknowledges Danny’s imminent departure.

Private Danny manages to predict every SB move, from every comment he makes to his late night game of chess with his friend. SB’s relationship with Danny is awkward and cold, but there are rare glimpses of his true feelings and sadness over his son’s departure.

June Theo, a gamer and theater buff, plays skinny Danny Tan from pub. Public Danny is the protagonist of the play, and like his father, he rarely shows his emotions and prefers to keep everything to himself. Danny pretends to want to go to America and leave his former life behind, but Private Danny says otherwise.

On the other side of the coin, Nabil Zakaria plays Private Danny, the man inside and the character’s conscience. Throughout the play, he is portrayed as almost the exact opposite of Public Danny. He is also more perceptive and critical than Public Danny, and he says things that Public Danny cannot say.

There were times when Private Danny was overwhelmed with emotion, although the rambling dialogue between the two Dannys made it difficult to understand what they were talking about.

Despite all this, the play is a tearful tale of leaving home, and the second act is my favorite part. For a dynamic show with a lot of dialogue, I was drawn to the deafening and emotion-filled silence.

The first act featured a truly heartbreaking sad love story between Danny and Vicki, and I loved how the lighting was done for Vicki’s home scene.

In the third act, the sounds and clatter of slippers under the feet of the actors and the constant ticking of the clock in contrast to the silence really make you cheer for father and son to just say to each other what they already want to say, and the scene of Danny’s last goodbye to the boys was a convincing portrayal. how a group of boys behave with each other.

Even though you only have a fixed set scorning the typical Malaysian house, the narration draws you in and will make you cry and laugh at least once by the end of the show.

I went to their sold out final show on July 17th at klpac’s pentas 2. To be honest, I missed the first ten minutes of the show because I was late and it was hard to find parking so if you ever come to a show at this place don’t forget come early to get the best seats in the house as it’s free.

Heartbreaking scene with $!Vicky.  - JU SENG CHONG

Viki’s heartbreaking scene. – JU SENG CHONG