The Spy Who Stole The Show

The Secret Life Of Nora – Part 2

Nora & Mr J

Nora & Mr J

I caught the second half of the musical Secret Life Of Nora on Saturday. Thanks to Azimy (Enfiniti’s MARCOM Manager), I was seated at the exact same spot as previously. The reason I requested for this was to ensure continuity for the pictures. (See pics from Act 1 here)

Lead Tiara Jacquelina’s performance shone under the direction of Steven Dexter. Her facial gestures were expansive, making her a joy to watch (and to listen). Pay attention to that military training sequence where she switches back and forth between bewilderment and enthusiasm. She stole the show!

Tiara Jacquelina as Nora

Tiara Jacquelina as Nora

Agent Nora in training

Agent Nora in training

Agent Nora & Agent Foss

Agent Nora & Agent Foss

Ryan Silverman is perfect as the suave, sensitive Matsalleh spy. He sings great and I particularly like the ‘firefly duet’ with Tiara. Hey, it is a love story after all. Look out also for his song and dance tribute to history’s famous honey trappers.

Agent Foss & Mata Hari

Agent Foss & Mata Hari

The Spy Who Loved Her

The Spy Who Loved Her

It may be hard for anyone to shake off Aznil Nawawi’s trademark swagger, but he played the role of villain Mr J very convincingly. The character is like a cross between Dr No and the Queen of Hearts. He and sidekick Aaron Khaled were hilarious taking a bow chained together. Aaron was very good too with the song and dance skit with the female ensemble.

Aznil Nawawi as Mr J

Aznil Nawawi as Mr J

Aaron Khaled as Sidekick Sharif

Aaron Khaled as Sidekick Sharif

A member of the female ensemble

A member of the female ensemble

Adibah Noor is undoubtedly the crowd favourite, drawing chuckles with every single line and expression. She sings, she dances, she vacuums and she flies! My favourite is Tony Eusoff’s understated performance of the cynical and bumbling spy with a touch of gadget man Q. Stephanie Van Drissen appeared to relish her innocent, Ugly Betty-like character, and it was a nice surprise to see her bursting out in a lavish Samba costume for the encore.

Adibah Noor as Khatijah

Adibah Noor as Khatijah

Tony Eusoff as Agent Farouk

Tony Eusoff as Agent Farouk

Stephanie Van Driesen as Betty

Stephanie Van Driesen as Betty

The set design of the villain’s lair is brilliant. The moving elevators and multi-tiered complex is visually stunning. And like every worthy spy story, there is an exciting self-destruct sequence in the finale. Spectacular!

The Star makes a grand entrance at The Villain's Lair

The Star makes a grand entrance at The Villain's Lair

All pictures photographed with the Olympus Pen E-PL2 by & © TV Smith

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7 thoughts on “The Spy Who Stole The Show

  1. Love the pictures and the review, just to enquire is this play in full english or malay? or is it a mix of both languages?

    • It depends. Each shot uses a different shutter/aperture/ISO combination due to the changing lighting. I also trim (exposure compensation) on the fly. Highest ISO was 3200 and lowest 200. Seated on the 12th row, I had to use a 600mm lens which has an aperture range of f4.8 to f6.7.

  2. I love all the characters esp Aznil Haji Nawawi (i’m his die-hard fan) and Adibah Noor. Good job. I’ll be watching TSLON for the 3rd time next week; worth the money dowh!

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