I went on a pilgrimage to see this play. I am on Facebook and I 'liked' their page. I followed various instructions and clicked on various points in order to find out the time, the place, the date and the price of the ticket. I don't consider myself to be particularly technologically challenged but I found this information very difficult to see clearly from their page and so when I eventually made it to The Beating Heart theatre space (down a slope into a car park, up in an unmarked lift to the 8/F of Cheung Fat Building
7-9 Hill Road
Shek Tong Tsui
and paid my $150 I really felt quite proud to have succeeded in my mission to attend. Of course the two members of the cast standing at the top of the aforementioned slope were a big clue and I was grateful for their prescence. What I really needed was a much easier way to buy a ticket and a map to the venue. Forgive me all involved but I live in Sai Kung afterall.
Hash Tag HK Problems under score The Play, to give it its full and correct title, is a series of sketches depicting the moments of frustration we all feel at times, living and working as expats in this city of rules and regulations with his confounding language. There are a few bloggers who do this online, me for instance, and Hong Kong Expattery is always funny (I wish it was mine) Hong Kong Expattery and probably many others. Meaghan McGurgan and Eric Krueger have now gone one step further and made the concept into a stage play, it could even be called
Hash Tag HK Problems under score The Musical as there is much singing and dancing happening along the way. Oh and did I say it was funny? Well it is. I laughed a number of times throughout the performance and so did the audience and, therefore, it can be called Hash Tag HK Problems under score The Comedy Show too.
I found the cute (yes he was SO cute in those shorts) P3 student hilarious with his obsequious presentation skills which, no doubt, will carry him through the education system and into a leadership role in no time at all. I could also relate to the question to the 'class' 'Why do we have red packets at Chinese New Year?" and answer is always "To get money" and no one ever knows anything else about it and I find myself, as the only westerner in the classroom, explaining traditions and rituals of Chinese New Year in Hong Kong to Chinese students!
The rain scene with the very cleverly choreographed umbrellas and the fierce little old lady was particularly good and the 'dirty little secret' skit was good to include. Although I wasn't entertained by the domestic abuse scene supposedly going on in the bedroom. Perhaps a little too much of a generalising stereotypical view point which puts you in danger, on that pesky thin ice arena, of bordering on the offensive and steering a bit too far away from the comedy element which we were all there to enjoy. And while I am on the subject of being entertained perhaps toning down the swearing would be funnier than relying on expletives to get the laughs and concentrate on the good material that you've got to work with? Just saying.
A taster of what to expect on the night. How Not to be an asshole on the MTR
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There is talk of Hash Tag HK Problems under score The Play being performed again this month and so look out on Facebook where you'll, hopefully, find clear instructions on when and where its on and how to buy a ticket.