The Truth About Lying
Theatre, HK City Hall
Reviewed: Mar 19
With some of the top talent in Hong Kong theatre - playwright Wong Wing-sze, director/actor Lee Chun-chow and actors Lo Koon-lan, Shaw Mei-kwan, Joey Leung and Mercy Wong - The Truth About Lying was one of the most anticipated local efforts at this year's Arts Festival.
Emily (Mercy Wong), who starts a new job at a legal firm specialising in divorce, walks into the office and into the marriage woes of her bosses, Laura and CK (Lo and Lee). Assigned to handle rich client Maria (Shaw), Emily must also come to terms with the suicide of her childhood friend Ming Ho (Leung).
The black comedy is Wong Wing-sze's attempt to rationalise why couples fall out of love. There is plenty of sharp wit and zany humour throughout. The script is well-written, entertaining and thought-provoking, and the acting was engaging. Lee was excellent as the reticent and misunderstood husband, while Wong offered a tender and sympathetic portrayal of Emily. Leung gave a disciplined performance as Ming Ho, and characters such as a dai pai dong waiter provided comic relief.
However, this show is not without flaws. Laura's role lacks depth and purpose. In one scene, she says: 'I hate to be the monster in this marriage, I hate my role,' which probably sums up how actress Lo felt about her character. Lee and Shaw fluffed their lines, suggesting the show was under-rehearsed.