Pussycat Theatre

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 January, 2009, 12:00am

Pussycat Theatre

The Fringe Club

Reviewed: Jan 8

Pussycat Theatre, written and directed by Crystal Kwok, is a cabaret-style play that promises a celebration of women's bodies and the process of ageing. It starts well, introducing three women representing different age groups - 30s, 40s and 50s - and their varying concerns about their bodies. But Kwok's treatment is more slapstick than satirical and misses more targets than it hits.

The show focuses on sexuality and the main message seems to be that women can still have good sex even if they are out of their 20s. The show never addresses the broader issues of ageing, nor does it suggest there may be something wrong with women being pressured to look younger than they are.

There is one painfully truthful line from a woman diagnosed with early menopause and a section promoting breast cancer awareness. Such moments are few and the show seems out of touch with the realities of ordinary life.

There are some good laughs including a 'boob dance' and a Chinese woman warrior fantasy with a sword-wielding Marsha Yuan reminiscent of her mother Cheng Pei-pei. Terence Yin is funny as a talking penis and Margaret Kutt's 'Miss Pinky' offers a sharp portrait.

While the production would be entertaining as an evening staged for friends, as professional theatre it is lacking. One in the cast of four had not appeared on stage before and this was obvious in her acting.