I LOVE A-AI《我爱阿爱》

I LOVE A-AI《我爱阿爱》

Thanks to the folks from The Theatre Practice (实践剧场), Rachel and I caught their latest theatre production, I Love A-Ai《我爱阿爱》at the Drama Centre Theatre last Friday.

The play is written by award-winning Hong Kong playwright Raymond To (杜国威),  who also penned the local hit musical, “If There’re Seasons…《天冷就回来》”.

Raymond Toh Interview:

[youtube url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrPv_6wa2CY”]

I Love A-Ai premiered in Hong Kong to much popular acclaim, and after watching it, Rachel and I can clearly see why.

Trailer:

[youtube url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmDgSYnb0aA&”]

Essentially, the play is about the cliché, yet timeless topic, LOVE. By using the bizarre love story between a 70-year-old grandfather and his maid as a central plot device, a series of intertwining love stories involving different individuals in the family are framed in beautifully, each exploring its own definition of love.

The set is minimal, confined to the day-to-day routines in the patriarch’s old house as his children, their spouses, grandchildren and his friends come and go on different occasions. Yet that was all that was needed to tell compelling love stories, focusing on emotions and interactions between the characters, rather than glitzy set distraction.

Rachel and I were both touched by the delicate and heartwarming treatment of the various love stories in the play. We both enjoyed I Love A-Ai very much and would highly recommend it to everyone. Whether you are seeking love, found love or lost love, there should still be a story in the play which can speak to you and make you feel warm inside. 🙂

SYNOPSIS

How do you price a heart? What do you make of love?

A terminally ill 70-year-old grandfather is living out his twilight years when, one day he declares his love for his caregiver, A-Ai. What’s more, she’s pregnant! His determination to marry her and father the unborn child leaves his children furious and puzzled. If he was your dad, how would you react? Would you be suspicious? Would you be angry? Or would it leave you at a loss?

Can you accept such an unusual relationship?

The old man’s actions create an uproar in his household and ignite an exploration into the infinite facets of love. Watch how this family comes to terms with the awkward affair in this heartwarming family drama, and grapples with the question of unconditional love.

I Love A-Ai《我爱阿爱》is now showing and tickets are available via SISTIC. More ticketing information is available below:

DATE
17 Mar – 3 Apr 2011
8pm (星期二至六 Tue – Sat)
3pm (星期六和日 Sat & Sun)

DURATION
2 hours (including intermission)

VENUE
Drama Centre Theatre
戏剧中心剧院(国家图书馆3楼)

TICKET PRICE (Exclude Booking Fee)
Standard – S$56, S$46, S$36, S$26
Restricted View – S$26

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