Love A La Zen Hong Kong Repertory Theatre (in Cantonese) Cultural Centre Studio Theatre May 2 Award-winning playwright Raymond To Kwok-wai's sensitive and acute observations of the local culture, human relationships and life in general are often so accurate his works never fail to humour and move an audience. This is another piece of To drama that touches people's heart-strings. First run in March last year, the light-hearted comedy explores the sense of insecurity and vulnerability experienced by young lovers. Here, To goes into length in explaining the Buddhist philosophical concept of yuen, a word that has no English equivalent though can be roughly translated as 'fate'. The drama revolves around two pairs of lovers: Ah Sau (played by Chan Suk-yee) and Siu Ching (Kung Siu-ling), and Ah Ching (Poon Chan-leung) and Milla (Pang Hang-ying). The four are also good friends. The play opens at the point when Ah Sau and Siu Ching are on the verge of a breakup, Ah Ching and Milla are about to get married. Ah Sau is disillusioned with life after he loses his savings in gambling and trades city life and Siu Ching for a monastic hide-out on Lantau Island. There, he meets a young but enlightened Buddhist monk Chi Yuen (Ko Hon-man) who helps Ah Sau to come to realise the 'truths' in life. But all is not well for the other pair of lovebirds when Milla calls the wedding off after Ah Ching hesitated for five seconds before saying 'I do' at the altar. Ah Ching then joins his friend Ah Sau in a Lantau monastery. But before the two realise any truth, Siu Ching and Milla also turn up on the doorstep to become Chi Yuen's 'disciples'. Things become even more complicated when Siu Ching thinks she is falling in love with Chi Yuen. One has to admit Love A La Zen does fall into the same formula that makes To's other plays such as Romance In The Teahouse and Mad Phoenix a success and that is a simple storyline packed with witty and acidic dialogues. As for the acting, the audience would have not expected anything less than the excellent performance staged by such a professional group.