Bio. Ida chionh, The Hypocrite
Ida Chionh.
A food and travel journalist, author, cooking demonstrator and general bon vivant, Ida is also a keen arts enthusiast.
``Many years ago, when I was younger and slimmer, I was the third wife of the king of Siam in a production of The King and I in Singapore,'' she said.
Now living in Melbourne, Ida has also appeared on television, with wok in one hand and a microphone in the other.
``Denise Drysdale enjoyed my spring rolls on Channel 7 and Meena Patak shared the secrets of her spice world with me on cable TV,'' Ida said.
On the airwaves, she has spoken on matters artistic, gastronomic and global on ABC radio 774, SBS radio and is a regular guest on community radio Southern FM.
Ida also writes for Leader Newspapers and has contributed restaurant reviews, travel tales and arts articles to The Age, Herald Sun, Royalauto and other publications in Australia and overseas.
She wrote for Mietta's restaurant guides, The Little Red Book (a guide to Asian restaurants in Melbourne) and authored three books for children.
Her latest book is a work in progress, a culinary journey that started with her childhood in Singapore and is still continuing in Melbourne.
``My parents, who were true-blue Straits Chinese, also known as Peranakans, instilled in me a love for the finer things in life, including music, culture and food,'' said.
Ida will review performances from the arts scene in Melbourne.
Topic for Review
29 November 08

A Melbourne Theatre Company production.
Now on at until December 13, 2008.
Victorian Arts Centre Playhouse
Online bookings available on

The Melbourne Theatre Company's The Hypocrite by Justin Fleming is a modern version of Moliere's Tartuffe.
Directed by Peter Evans, it stars the cream of Australian theatre, including Garry McDonald, Kim Gyngell, Marina Prior, Ashley Zukerman, Sara Gleeson, Mandy McElhinney and Kerry Walker.
The play is an excellent study of fanaticism, hypocrisy and sex in religion and is as relevant today as when Moliere wrote it in 1664.
Tartuffe (Kim Gyngell) knows that there is no better racket than the religion racket.
Almost everyone can see what a sanctimonious hypocrite he is, except those with the most to lose.
Tartuffe has worked his charm and wormed his way into the once-ordered household and vulnerability of successful merchant Orgon (Garry McDonald).
Under the guise of piety, he manages to drive away the son (Chris Ryan), seduce the wife (Marina Prior), marry the daughter (Sara Gleeson), imprison Orgon and leave the family destitute with his holier-than-thou act.
Tartuffe's grand plan is to string them along until they give him anything he wants, including money, power and even the deeds to the house.
Will the scoundrel succeed?
Watch the play and find out.
When Moliere first wrote it, the Church and upper class society, regarding it as a sacrilegious outrage, banned Tartuffe from public performance.

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Now acknowledged as one of the world's greatest comedies, it moves audiences with its contemporary relevance whenever it is revived.

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The Hypocrite is magnificent, the actors are exemplary and the costumes a delight to behold, especially Orgon's lime green jacket.

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It is a fitting finale to Melbourne Theatre Company's 2008 season.

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