Category: Reviews

CONCERT REVIEW: Simple Plan returns in style

By Shazwan Zulkiffli Canadian pop punk band Simple Plan once again rocked the Malaysian soil in front of thousands of fans at the iconic KL Live yesterday night. The 5-piece band, who have been around for over 15 years, brought fans young and old to their Taking One For The Team tour for a night that was all about the music. The reception was crazy enough to have the #SPTakingOneForTheTeam hashtag and the “Simple Plan” keywords trending on Twitter, despite the lengthy choice of words. Brought to you by IMC Live Events, Simple Plan entertained the fans with classic...

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Joe Hasham’s Shakespeare’s Women puts feminism in a positive light

by Anna Kong  “Almost all of the strong, prominent roles in Shakespeare are men. And that makes Shakespeare a bit of a sexist,” said Joe Hasham, the Director of Shakespeare’s Women that premiered until 29th May yesterday. Shakespeare’s Women featured an array of Shakespeare’s female characters, played by an all-female cast. Joe gave freedom to the girls to pick the monologues and scenes themselves – whichever resonated with them – and worked the creative process from there. It’s all in the act to prove just how much we have progressed since then – where all the stage actors were...

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Jazz & Shakespeare? Leave it to WVC to pull it off!

  by Anna Kong It was a full house the night I went for If Music Be The Food of Love, Jazz On! by WVC Malaysian Jazz Ensemble at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC). Formed in 2006, WVC Malaysian Jazz Ensemble is a jazz quartet, featuring Tay Cher Siang (pianist), AJ Popshuvit (bassist), KJ Wong (drummer), and their latest addition Julian Chan (saxophonist). The group experiments a lot with unlikely arrangements, turning pop tunes, Chinese classics, and mainstream music into fresh jazz. WVC also tours extensively, and have been to many corners of Malaysia, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Thailand,...

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REVIEW: Ernest Ng’s Bro Don’t Like That La Bro

By Shazwan Zulkiffli Ernest Ng has come into his own of late as a YouTube star, especially with his Nepalese security guard character as part of DanKhoo’s latest video that has spawned a spin-off skit on Ernest’s own growing channel. Aside from filming vlogs and hilarious videos, Ernest Ng is also a comic artist famous for his Bro, Don’t Like That La Bro webcomic series. The series is one of the most widely shared Malaysian webcomics out there, with 31,054 likes on its official Facebook page and thousands of comments peppering every comic strip Ernest posts. Recently Ernest announced in a video on his Facebook...

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Shakespeare’s R+J: Celebrate the works of Shakespeare…with a twist

2016 is an important year for fans of “The Bard of Avon”, as it marks the 400th anniversary of his death. A global movement, #Shakespeare400, has emerged to celebrate his work and his life; The Actors Studio celebrates #Shakespeare400 with a modern adaptation of one of his most celebrated works, entitled Shakespeare’s R&J. Shakespeare’s R&J, as you may have guessed, is a modern adaptation by Joe Calarco of Shakespeare’s timeless story of forbidden love, Romeo & Juliet, – albeit this time, with a twist. The Level was lucky enough to attend the opening night of Shakespeare’s R&J in Malaysia...

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