LakiBini 2.0 Review

10411018_783087115085396_7800618507912158837_n(Graphics poster courtesy of KreatiV OutBox)

I seldom watch theatre plays. I think if I can measure the rate I watch theatre shows, I can safely say that it is perhaps a once-a-year thingy for me. In fact I did not have any plans whatsoever to post a review on this show that I attended on 3rd October 2014 at the Black Box Studio of Goodman Arts Centre. Longtime readers of this blog would note how uncomfortable I am at doing reviews of this nature and that I am perhaps the worst at reviewing theatre plays for the fact that I do not have any acting or theatre background to begin with. At least when I review music performances, shows or concerts, I have an inkling of what I am typing about as I have some experience being a keen observer, stagehand, volunteer and even a performer at some point in my life. This entry is published since I was kindly approached by the director and playwright himself, Izad Omar, to do one as there was not much post-show publicity nor reviews other than the one that was published on Berita Harian a fortnight ago.


I heard about this show, produced by local theatre company KreatiV OutBox, back in April 2014 when I was covering the TeRaSeh 2.0 competition, during the week that Den Sabari, one of the show’s main casts, and his wife Huda Ali were the studio guests at Warna 94.2FM during the post-show interview with the “Malam 2 Mat” hosts, Hafeez Glamour and Dyn Norahim. Since I count Den as one of my good friends, I made the effort to block the dates of the play six months in advance so I could catch it when the time comes. Den admitted during the months leading up to the show, how excited, yet nervous he was at the thought of making his theatre comeback after more than five years away from the live stage. A lot of effort, practices and rehearsals were done just to get things right and there were times Den had to sacrifice his social time to play football with our Seniman FC team just for this play.


For a first-timer on a live stage, I thought Ainon Talib did extremely well juggling the different emotions that her character had to exude and display. One moment she was laughing and cracking jokes, the next she was angry and subsequently shedding tears. I have so much respect for performers who could switch emotions with a snap of the fingers and Ainon‘s character, Ira, demanded her to do just that. I strongly believe this experience would empower her and improve on her acting on television, though of course there is always room for improvement on stage. Den Sabari, who played Zali on the other hand, had a bit of nervousness in him, but I kind of attributed it to pressure knowing a few of his close friends were seated in the audience. And of course, there is that issue of rustiness of not performing a stage play in years, but personally I felt it wasn’t that glaring to the common folk like myself. Maybe theatre experts who caught the play could relate better.


However, the star of the show to me had to be Fariz Najed who played the effeminate BFF to Ainon‘s character. I felt his role, even though it was a supporting one, was the most crucial and important, in that he helped to link and added balance to the two main casts, the glue that held everything together. He was so likeable as the angsty best friend who not only found himself ostracised by his own family but also always at odds with the character played by Den Sabari himself. In a way, his role demanded the audience to understand from his perspective. His role and problems faced are common amongst men who are considered soft or effeminate, as they are often looked down by the community and seek acceptance for who they are. Fariz aced his role and gave us plenty of food for thought with his acting delivery.


As a normal-paying audience, not too concerned with technicalities of theatre play, I was there to be entertained. What I got from that 90-minutes show was not just mere entertainment, I left the Black Box Studio with a gamut of emotions from what I had witnessed throughout the play. The show highlighted common problems faced by many married couples, the real dilemmas faced as a young couple right down to their ageing years. What I like most about the play was, it was done in a light-hearted manner, without being too deep with the issues being discussed and some of the issues raised strike a chord with what we sometimes face in the course of our marriage. There were also several digs being made towards social / cultural practices which might contradict our Islamic beliefs without being too direct nor overly critical. For theatre novices like myself, this was an enjoyable play and I certainly did not feel the time passing by. The downside and only complaint I might have is how cold the venue was, even after two of the air-con units had been turned off, from what I understand from Izad himself. Other than that it was a very good production by KreatiV OutBox. Kudos!!!


(All photographs courtesy of KreatiV OutBox)

Constipated – Presented by KreatiV OutBox

Meet Haryani, Moli (Playwright) and Dew (Director) at Open stage in
Library@Esplanade, on 9 October, 5pm. An excerpt of the play will be
presented followed by a short talk-back session.

Also, catch Haryani on Ria 89.7FM on Friday 15th Oct from 9-10pm. Free
tickets to be given away!


An oversized and happy girl. A man leading a double life. A best friend that always saves the day. What will happen when these three souls were intertwined into one love triangle. A story that surfaces the true meaning of friendship and sweet revenge at its best.

Sofia, an oversized girl will share her story. You may have guessed it; she was betrayed by Ana – her best friend. The one who will come to her defense when the boys feed on her size and weight. Now, Sofia is facing her ‘closest’ enemy. The only ‘wall’ that separates her from the cruel world. The one that knows her boyfriend as San Kok.

Far from confronting it, she leads them to end the story her way. Watch her as she takes her husband-to-be and her best friend to a journey of THEIR lifetime. A story that deals with insecurities, love & betrayal that could hit on anyone in any form, regardless of size, age, gender, lineage and sexual preferences.

**Not Suitable for Those Aged 16 years and Below

Show Details

A production By KreatiV OutBox

22nd October 2010 8pm & 23rd October 2010 3pm, 8pm
The Arts House, Playden
In Malay and English, with English subtitles

$25 (Adults) , $20 (Students, senior citizen & NSF)
Group Discount – $23 (For every group of 5)
Prices above is not inclusive of $2 ticket charge.
Tickets can be purchased online via
Ticketing details is available via

Key Personnel

1. Dew M. Chaiyanara – Director
2. Molizah Mohd – Playwright
3. Haryani Othman – Actor


Dew M. Chaiyanara

Dew is a Drama graduate of Lasalle-SIA-College of the Arts, Kasamawati Masmintra Chaiyanara (Dew) has written and directed numerous dramatic performances. One of her successful plays includes, Tell Me a Story, which was performed in 2003 at the Tongues Untied: International Monologue Festival, was in a bid to expose the harsh reality of child prostitution in Southeast Asia. Her controversial play, URD:Urban/Rural Decay, was staged in natural surroundings and exposed to the elements in an open field, touched on sensitive subject of Singapore’s mysterious 1960’s Bukit Ho Swee fire. The provocative drama skit, Circus Tigers, which incorporates the use of New Media, was performed in 2004 at the National University of Singapore, received positive feedback on its contents of revealing cruelty of animal exploitation in the entertainment industry.

Molizah Mohd

Moli Mohd started her theatre stint in 2005. She has performed in various productions (Malay and English) and is currently active in stage managing. Her recent works as a performed was Heart(h) by Teater Ekamatra and Cabinet by The ETCeteras Productions both staged in 2010. With the experience she had as an actor and other parts of theatre craft, Moli can be considered as an all rounder in a theatre production. This is a major comeback for Moli after writing for Teater Artistik in 1997 for a production entitled Tiana.

Haryani Othman

Haryani Othman is and up and coming Comedienne in the Malay Entertainment industry. Finding her way from theatre, Haryani has performed in Srikandi Dendam Berbalas, Cinta Ibu, Besar punya Hantu, Ani dan Beego, Gentarasa 2007 and O Glamour. Her TV works include, Graffiti, Tahu Nahu, Kain Songket Kain Pelikat, 1988…  Segaris Sinar and many more. Haryani
is also a freelance writer for local Magazine such as Sutra and Malay Newspaper Berita Harian.

Company Profile

KreatiV OutBox is formed by a group of theatre enthusiasts with diverse background in theatre-making. It aims to be at the front row in beating the misconception of theatre being an art form only for the elites. KreatiV OutBox aims to explore various range of theatrical forms bringing it to a more digestible level that can be enjoyed by all range of audiences. Being a non-profit theatre company that gears all monetary funding towards staging productions, we are dedicated to developing and producing socially relevant plays for the community. The company believes in giving a voice for the Malay community and creating works that can be reinvented to suit the future. By this, KreatiV OutBox always makes sure that the performances will not only be relevant but it must be paired with a great deal of entertainment – without compromising the artistic integrity of every production.

Working Committee 2009 – 2010

President: Izad Omar
Secretary: Nureen Royani
Asst. Secretary: Agnes Christina
Treasurer: Noorizah Rahim


Khairul Famy Bin Kassim
Muhammad Juremy Bin Mohamed Jumadi Irfan Kasban
Hairul Fazli Bin Ariffin
Haslinda Bt Othman
Rafeah Binte Omar
Nor Adlina Bte Abdul Majid