Homo Superus

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2007, 12:00am

Homo Superus


Ng Chi Wan Theatre

Reviewed: Sept 15

Tony Wong Lung-bun, who co-wrote and co-directed this show with fellow 2onstage founder Pichead Amornsomboon, knew they would have problems with the script. 'It's difficult to create something logical out of fragments of vignettes,' he notes in the house programme.

He's right. Homo Superus, a five-act gay musical about the search for love and happiness, is so bitsy that, by the fourth act, some viewers were at a loss as to what was going on.

Two sets of narratives run through the show. One revolves around a fictitious sci-fi TV show about aliens - Amornsomboon, Tony Wong, Wong Yiu-cho and Man Kit-chung in drag - whose search for a power source known as 'eternity' has brought them to Earth. But their plan is thwarted by its protector, Superhero (Kwok Wing-tung). The other consists of a series of unrelated situations/sketches on the theme of loneliness and death. The work is also a commentary on social intolerance of those who don't follow the norm.

The confusion begins when two aliens vie for the affection of Superhero. This illogical twist suggests the writers didn't know how to end the piece. Lack of logic aside, Homo Superus is a solid piece of entertainment, full of campy humour, references to local gay culture as well as some serious messages on relationships and Aids.

This sold-out production is set to return in December and its good-looking cast is likely to pull crowds again. The writers will do well to work on the script - and the cast their singing - if they're to lift the production a notch.