by Dieu Tam - Kim Ny
Guitarist with a biting edge
Musicians have many ways of introducing audiences to new and interesting sounds but few can match Doan Du's technique.He plays a guitar with his teeth.
Du, 64, has loved music for as long as he can remember. He received his first guitar lesson from his older brother, musician Dung Dat. Every day, he spent several hours in his room practicing while his friends went out to play games.
He began his professional career as a guitarist at local music clubs.
"I've become stronger by playing music. I can also earn enough money to support myself," says Du, who has become one of the city's best-known artists and entertains nightly at theatres and entertainment centres. He also teaches music to children. His special talent has been recognised by Guinness Viet Nam.
When he discovered by chance that he could produce melodious sounds by playing with his teeth, he worked on this skill and in a few years, had taken it to a level where he could perform it on the stage.
At first, Du feared that the audience would reject his new offering as beeing too outlandish. "But I knew this was my destiny."
Is love an illusion?
Some of this season's favourite plays at privately run theatres in HCM City are about human relationships, showing that nothing haunts people more than the subject of love.
The Hoang Thai Thanh Drama Club's Lac Giua Pho Nguoi (Lost in the Crowd) and 5B Theatre's Ao Anh (Illusion), for example, are about people's conflicts and sufferings caused by love.
Many women, young and old, can see themselves in Lac Giua Pho Nguoi, a serious play directed by Bui Quoc Bao portraying love and betrayal.
The play has attracted young and talented actors, including actresses Nhu Phuc, who plays Lan, a woman who has an adulterous relationship with a married man.
Ao Anh is recognised by fans as the Vietnamese version of the Hollywood thriller Gone Girl.
The play features a married couple who believe love is a game but discover the truth only after they lose everything.
The Minh Beo Drama Club is offering comedies this season. The club's latest play, Mui Da Nguoi (The Flavour of Skin), is about young people and their curiosity about love, gender differences and sexual relationships.
Minh says the theatre will stage more comedies about women and love. The comedies will present differen views, he pledges. — VNS