I don't think I could put into sufficient eloquence what a powerful play 'Happy Endings: Asian Boys Vol. 3' is. In 2.5 hours, we laughed, giggled, gawked and (almost) cried with the characters whose lives were danced around on stage.
Through the eyes of the title character Chris and his friends, Sylvia, Kenneth and Nicholas, the themes and struggles of being young and gay are explored, and its consequences of a life not choosen questioned. It refers to so many recent events and pokes fun at stereotypes through recent history.
Two characters I really fell in love with were Galvin Yeo as the young flamboyant Nicholas (or Nicole) and Genevieve Lim as the young ever-grinning debate queen Sylvia. You can't help but wish you could hug them, pinch their cheeks or even EAT them alive, cuz they were just so loveable.
And perhaps the most touching scenes were when older Chris and older Ken were reminiscing their past love, how things could have been different if each took courage and took the plunge that needed to be taken. And when older Nick sobbed in regret and sadness into the arms of his younger self, confessing how unhappy he was despite everything he'd tried to do to find love.
I am so glad I had raydance for company, cuz as much fun as it was being in the very front row (we were less than 3 metres from the ONE kiss the characters Samuel and Chris had), it was more uplifting to share how much this play felt like it really meant something.
Edit: You know something means a lot more when it's the first thing you remember and think about when you wake up. Reflecting upon it, I think I secretly wish I was a part of those lives, in spite of the 'drama'. Or perhaps it's the drama and the promise of happiness in the end that gets me. Cuz we're made to believe that there are no happy endings for gays in Singapore, which is more than likely true to certain extent... if you define happiness by its traditional parameters: wife, kids and a home. But the play breaks even that concept down to its barest essentials: that happiness is an emotion, not a collection of possessions or benchmarks.