I started reviewing plays for a national daily around 1984 and soon diversified into writing on music, dance and the visual arts, with an occasional book review thrown in. Putting these reviews online is my way of sharing my insights, observations and opinions, apart from contributing to the documentation of a quarter century of performing arts history in Malaysia.
Why Platypus Flatus? Well, the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is one of five extant species of monotremes – mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. The unusual appearance of this oviparous, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate fraud. [Source: Wikipedia]
Reviewing the arts is a lot like being a platypus. If you’re too kind, you lose credibility; and if you’re too unkind, you lose friends. Nevertheless, it’s a harmless way of turning farts into an artform.