three women makes an echo inside the whole theater. They are laughing so hard
that they have tears around their eyes. "Although life is different from our
expectation, we still have to move on!"says Hee-nam. "Yeah! Even if there are
people who are driving you crazy, you can still overcome them," replies Soo-jin.
"I completely agree with you guys," answers Joo-rhee. They put hands together as
if making a solemn promise, and keep on laughing. Why are they laughing so hard?
About "Ten Years Later"
Directed by Ban
Moo-sub and written by Kim Min-jung, Ten Years Later was created from Woori
yeongeuk mandeulgi (Creating Our Plays). To return the love they have received,
an encore has been performed starting July 15 at Valentine Theater, Daehak-ro.
Three women's frank life stories arouse sympathy among the female audience, who
outnumber the males.
What are the ladies talking about?
Soo-jin and Joo-rhee are college mates who used to love the same guy. They had
made a promise to meet each other ten years later and today is the day. Waiting
for their sweetheart to appear, these women begin to talk about their memories
of the past and their individual love stories. As their life stories continue,
however, each of them comes to notice that their lives weren't always as perfect
as they appeared to be. Soo-jin is taking antidepressants to withstand the
stress that from her husband's extra marital relationship. Joo-rhee also finds
it difficult to maintain a happy marriage because she is in love with another
man. Last, Hee-nam is constantly feeling lonely because she hasn't met the right
person to share the rest of her life, and stressed out from her work. Although
they had different patterns of lives and had valued different life styles, they
come to a point where they truly understand each other by heart.
Hope in reality
It is evident that people
can't always be happy and have everything they dream of. "Life can't always be
the way you please" is how the characters define life. And this is how we define
it also. It might seem as if the ladies are resigning from the reality but by
saying it out loud, it lightens the burden on their life and gives them the
power to face painful reality. "Reality is full of hardships but it is important
to mesmerize ourselves into believing that tomorrow will be better. It's
essential to hope for the future because reality without hope is sometimes too
tough to deal with," says Joung Yi-soon, performing Hee-nam.
People might think that
the play is gloomy because it deals with hardships of lives. However, the play
features various scenes and dramatic events to make the play more interesting.
In re-acting the play they have performed in college, they sing and dance
hilariously and make the audience laugh. Also, their frank talks about men,
love, and sex make people's heart clear and brisk. Since the characters are in
their thirties, they seem to have experienced almost every stressful and
troublesome event. Moreover, the fast changing gloomy and comical scenes draw
the audience into the play.
Simple but effective
The conspicuous thing
in this play is the modern stage, which has simple, black decorations. A table,
four chairs, wine bottles and glasses are just about everything on the stage.
The simple and neatly organized stage helps the actors to have a virtual
conversation, and makes the audience focus on their acting. In this way, the
theme of the play can be delivered more effectively.
There is no real answer to
a perfect life. In contrast, the fact that life is full of hardships and that
people struggle to carry on with their lives is clear to everyone. If you are
having a hard time seeing your future positively and are willing to have an
indirect experience about life, this play will give you the answers. Want to
participate in the lady's conversation? Enjoying Ten Years Later will be the
right thing to do.