3 Bangkok plays to check out this June

3 Bangkok plays to check out this June

The rainy season is here. Escape the dirty downpours by ducking into the theater. Or in one case, a Bangkok apartment

With the streets flooding daily, taxis scarce and the humidity so high it makes your nose hairs curl, you know Bangkok's rainy season has officially settled in for the next few months.  

Rather than join the water-fearing residents who flock to malls, escape the gray, dreary downpours by taking in one of these three plays. 

The Carving Knife

No need for a stage set. "The Carving Knife" takes place in an actual city apartment. From June 10-26, Mahidol University International College is putting on “The Carving Knife,” a play featuring professional English-speaking actors who live and work in Bangkok. 

This mystery thriller tells the story of eight people who become entangled in a murder while under the same roof.

As any great murder mystery should, the complex plot will leave the audience wondering who the killer is until the very end. What’s cool is that the director has chosen to stage this production in an actual Bangkok apartment to create the mood and feel of being entangled in a murder.

“It is entertaining, as well as educational, offering a very different experience,” says Mahidol Associate Professor Loni Berry, director of “The Carving Knife.”

The show runs from June 10-26, with performances each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)

The venue is on the 8th Floor of Lakeview Apartments, Sukhumvit Soi 16 #146. Tickets are 350 baht.

For reservations and more information, email thecarvingknife@yahoo.com. 


Macbeth

Macbeth in ThaiBig props to the director. Translating phrases like "Screw your courage to the sticking-place" into old fashioned Thai couldn't have been easy. Chulalongkorn University’s talented Faculty of Dramatic Arts regularly puts on a wide section of plays ranging from dramatic works to slapstick comedy. 

To mark the opening of the faculty’s Sodsai Pantoomkomol Center of Dramatic Arts, the company is staging Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” in Thai.  

The cast is made up of businessmen, writers, singers, actors, Silpathorn Award winners and dramatic arts professors all with one thing in common. They were once trained by Thai stage legend Sodsai Pantoomkomol. 

All the famed Shakespearean monologues, dark humor, sophisticated irony, witty conversation and timelessness have been skillfully translated. And just as Shakespearean English often baffles untrained ears, characters in the Thai version exchange words in long, highly polished, old-fashioned Thai speech. 

“'Macbeth' is a dramatic piece of literature that has stood through time for 400 years," says Nopamat Veohong, director and translator of Chulalongkorn’s "Macbeth" staging. "Though people may call him a period playwright, his literature is universal and timeless.

“Shakespeare’s works have been honored and remade across the world. It is a shame that Thais do not [often] have the opportunities to experience it in Thai language.” 

The show is on from now till June, 19, 2011, at the Sodsai Pantoomkomol Center of Dramatic Arts, Chulalongkorn University. Tickets are 800 baht (300 baht for students).

Reserve seats at www.bananabooking.com or  call +66 (0)2 218 4802.  


Tawipob the Musical

Tawipob the MusicalSinging Thai celeb Dome makes his stage debut in "Tawipob the Musical." Let's hope his ever-present screaming teenage fans can show some restraint. In “Tawipob the Musical,” Thai sweethearts Pakorn “Dome” Lum and Nat Myria re-tell the story of timeless love between a modern-day lady who travels through time and meets a nobleman of the King Rama V era. 

Based on the popular Thai novel "Tawipob," this Broadway-style production is a huge stage extravaganza with full-throttle lighting, sounds, sets, dancers and special effects. 

The cast includes some of Thailand’s top TV actors and actresses, though the spotlight is on mega-celeb Dome -- it's his first time at center stage.  

“I believe the audience will be touched by this love story about time traveling that involves romance, fun and patriotism," says Dome. "Being timeless, it also somehow reflects the current situation of the country."

The show is on from June 29-July 19 at Muang Thai Ratchadalai Theater on the 4th Floor of Esplanade Ratchada.

Tickets are 500-2,800 baht, available at www.thaiticketmajor.com or by calling +66 (0)2-262-3456.