WHAT DO you think is the most important factor of your partner? Some
would say "money", some would say "fame", and others would say "appearance". But
nowadays, there would be only few people that say "the most important condition
for marriage is just love." But could things like money, fame and appearance
replace real love? What is the condition of real love? Here is a musical that
would give you an answer.
Brilliant drama to musical
The Marriage is held at Samil-ro Changgo Theater from Jan. 9
to May 31. This musical's story originates from the drama The Marriage
by Lee Gang-baek, a famous Korean writer. As Lee's nickname is "the artisan of
allegories", this play is full of unrealistic, but satirical and comical
situations. With them, it tries to give some questions related to the meaning of
love, and further, the meaning of life. This drama is one of representative
Korean literature masterpieces and has been performed many times as a play and
operetta. However, it is the first time to be performed as a musical,
commemorating the 30th anniversary of Samil-ro Changgo Theater's
opening. Both direction and music were made by Chung Dae-kyung, famous as a
composer of music for plays.
Struggle for marriage
When the music
starts, a man in black appears from the auditorium singing a song. He introduces
himself as a servant of a luxurious house. Then, he introduces a poor swindler
who lent the house for limited time and calls him "a man". One day, he feels
lonely and he wants to marry someone, but no one wants to marry him. So he
decides to borrow everything including the luxurious house that can embellish
him brilliantly in limited time. He waits for the woman who will eventually
become his partner. First, he tries to seduce her with borrowed things, but
after a limited time passes, his borrowed goods are taken away by the servant,
one by one. The man overcomes each situation with excuses and wit, but as time
goes by, he becomes poorer. At last, the woman recognizes the man's fraud tour,
and attempts to leave him. He even faces being thrown out of the house. At that
moment, the man stops her and confesses his heart. Finally, she accepts
the man's proposal and gets a wedding march.
Not big, but attractive
|▲ A poor swindler
is waiting for a woman|
story would seem a little bit obstinate and exaggerated. Although it claims that
love is the most important thing in terms of marriage, in reality, marriage
cannot be achieved with just love.
Despite the unreality of the
story, this musical attempts to show its own attraction. It may cast some doubts
whether it could attract audiences' attention because the genre "musical" has
been conceived as a suitable performance for grand theaters only. Nevertheless,
because it is performed in a small but neat place, the audience can feel the
unique attractions of the musical.
The live music creates an
exciting atmosphere through the performance. The music is performed by a live
band. Their music is in accordance with the atmosphere of the musical and
expresses emotions like joy, sadness, and pathos.
lyrics of the songs reflect well the feelings. For example, when the woman
attempts to leave, the man sings, "During the time I borrow you, I will love you
more and more and as time goes by, I'll return everything to you. You are the
biggest Dum in my life." The concept that woman's nickname is
Dum, which means "an addition", is not only interesting but also
teaches us an important fact about the meaning of real love because it
paradoxically satires the fact that although "love" could be a borrowed thing,
it can be turned into real conception.
Most of all, the leading
part that illuminates this musical is in actors. Although only three actors
perform in this musical, their acting ensemble fills the atmosphere of the small
stage fully. By showing humor full of wit, singing sweet and pleasant songs,
they make the audience excited.
|▲ As time flies,
the man loses everything.|
Above all, the most
conspicuous thing of this musical is that to audience, it is not just a musical
to watch, but also a musical to attend. In the small place, the distance between
actors and audience is short. During the performance, actors throw questions and
favors like "What time is it now?" "Could you lend me a necktie for a moment,
please?" The audience becomes a part of the musical by answering these
questions. In some scenes, the actors leave the stage and talk to the audience.
They enjoy mutual understanding freely with audience. After the performance is
finished, actors call for the audience to jump up to the stage in the scene of
wedding march. Everybody goes up to the stage and stands around the two actors
and they take a picture as if they had been invited to the real wedding march.
When the audience leaves the theater, the actors stand in front the gate and
thank them. From the beginning to the end, the musical breathes together with
Love conquers everything
There's a song
called "Material Girl" sung by Madonna. She sings "Some boys kiss me, some boys
hug me I think they're O.K. But only boys who save their pennies make my rainy
day, cause we are living in a material world" While everyone says possessions
are most precious, the man and the woman in this musical care for nothing but
love. For them, love is the only important thing in their marriage. Whether
their love is obstinate or not, it's not so bad to watch th em with presence of
mind because during the musical, smiles appear to everyone's face and mind.
* Photographed by Kim Young-sung
Director & Composer
Q: How did you direct this
A: I was fascinated by this play and
I decided to edit it as the most favorite genre of the audience. In
addition, I programmed it for Samil-ro Theater, because this theater has a
deep meaning for having played a leading role in improving the performance
of a little theater. Nowadays, this role is forgotten by the audience.
Because I wanted to maintain the theater, I prepared this performance for
its 30th anniversary.
Q: Do you have anything you want from the
audience who watches the musical?
A: I want them to look back on their live
after they watch this musical. As "the man" says, everything that we have
would not be ours, but all are borrowed things. People may consider love
as a possession but love can be a borrowed thing and we don't recognize
it. So, I want this musical to give them some small but precious
The musical The
Jan. 9 ~ May. 31,
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