This April, the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) presents The Truth – a witty play about marital infidelity by French playwright Florian Zeller and translated by Christopher Hampton.
The Truth sees two unfaithful middle-aged couples weave and get entangled in their web of lies. Michael (Lim Yu-Beng), who is married to Lauren (Neo Swee Lin), is having an affair with Alice (Cynthia Lee MacQuarrie), wife of his best friend Paul (Vivek Gomber). It seems that Lauren and Paul both suspect their partners have been unfaithful, without knowing with whom they are sleeping with. But when Alice guiltily threatens to confess all, Michael is thrown into a panic. The truth, though, proves to be far from straightforward and it is not clear who is deceiving whom.
A modern-day comedy of manners that examines friendship, suspicion, and deceit, The Truth sets out to plant seeds of discomfort about why and how we lie to each other and ourselves and mocks the truth; ultimately supporting the notion that one should accept a lie rather than face the undermining truth simply because it is the more comfortable choice. As mentioned by Florian Zeller, The Truth explores “the advantages of concealing it [and] the drawbacks to revealing it”.
Ng Choon Ping, a Singaporean theatre director who is currently based in London, will direct the SRT production whose cast includes Lim Yu-Beng and Neo Swee Lin. Ng Choon Ping has previously directed plays such as Tamburlaine (Arcola Theatre, London) and Crocodiles (Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre), and was the inaugural recipient of the Royal Exchange Hodgkiss Award for Young Directors in 2014.
Date: Wednesday, 3 April – Saturday, 20 April 2019
Time: 4 pm (Saturdays) and 8 pm (Mondays to Saturdays)
Venue: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT
Ticket prices start at $45. For more information, visit https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/ctruth0419
Visuals courtesy of the Singapore Repertory Theatre.