Theatre 4 All Series The Fringe Club Ends tomorrow It started with an all-singing, all-dancing entertaining school hall production and ended with a piece so obscure that there was a long awkward silence when it was over. Last night's programme of the Theatre 4 All Series, part of this year's Hong Kong Arts Festival, was diverse in content and standard. The first performance was the Pentecostal Lam Hong Kwong School's Dream Of Three Girls. With a cast of 30, this short play is about love and how to get it. Amy (Lau Lai-lai) is dumped by boyfriend Ah Chung (Ng Chun-ho) and seeks revenge. Carol (Nip Wai-chong) fancies Martin (Tong Tzin-hung), but the feeling is not mutual, while Bobo (Chan Suet-yee) is about to make a move on Michael (Chan Kin-kuan) who is cool and distant. The dialogue, written by the cast with help from their teachers, was snappy, and it was fun watching a group of students - some as young as 12 or 13 - talking about love in a no-nonsense way. Next was Crew Works' It Is Better To Be A Chicken. This piece was a lot more mature as the three nameless characters made comparisons between the life of a sex worker, a bank executive and a housewife. The message was clear: there is not much difference. The executive laments he leads a boring life. All he does all day is please his clients. 'I have to keep a smile on my face all day long to please everyone. I am just like a prostitute.' Meanwhile, The housewife feels exactly the same: 'All my husband asks me to do is to bear his children. That's all I do, year in year out.' The concept was good but it wore out quickly and 10 minutes into the performance the attention of the audience began to wander. The final piece, The Box, by the group Human-Being and HKCYS Belvedere Garden C & Y Integrated Services Centre, was by far the most ambitious of the three. The audience was asked to witness a group of actors under torture. We were to be their judges. If their performance was good, they got to be released, but if they failed to please us they would be punished. The five actors put on a good performance but the absurdity of the play caught some of us by surprise. So no wonder, when it ended, everyone went quiet. Frankly, no one knew if it was really over.