Online Lovers. Offline Affairs

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 April, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 April, 2001, 12:00am

This play is really two separate stories on the same theme.

Don't let the title fool you: there is nothing steamy or original about the scripts. Although Online Lovers took place in a bed throughout, the theatre was not exactly heating up.

Lead character Andy is still in love with his ex-girlfriend Brenda who turns to him whenever she has trouble with her boyfriend. At the same time, Andy meets voiceover talent Carol online, who falls for his voice.

The storyline and its development was not particularly exciting, and although there was much dialogue about love-making, the writer didn't include physical scenes. Whether that was due to the conservative Chinese attitude towards sex or the play's theatrical limitations is anyone's guess. But the result was ambiguous and lukewarm.

After the intermission, the bed setting was transformed into a living room for Offline Affairs, the better of the two pieces. Ivy, still healing after being dumped by her boyfriend Joey, is being approached by Herman, a married man. Joey later goes back to Ivy and discovers Herman is only really in love with her looks.

Compared with Online Lovers, Offline Affairs was more solid in all aspects. The plot was richer and allowed character development without heavy use of monologue. Wong Hiu-cheong, who played Ivy, dazzled the audience.

Online Lovers. Offline Affairs attempts to portray the complicated nature of modern relationships. Although a bit long, it still deserves to be watched.

Today and tomorrow, 3pm and 8pm. Cultural Centre Studio Theatre. $100-$130 Urbtix.