Review

White Pearl tackles corporate politics, racial tension and sexual power

By Peter Wilkins
April 29 2022 - 2:00pm
A scene from the acerbic comedy White Pearl. Picture: Phil Erbacher

White Pearl. By Anchuli Felicia King. Directed by Priscilla Jackman. Sydney Theatre Company and Riverside's National Theatre of Paramatta. Canberra Theatre. Canberra Theatre Centre. Until April 30. Bookings: canberratheatre.com.au or 6275 2700.

In the program notes to White Pearl, playwright Anchuli Felicia King claims that the main theme of her play is the absence of nuance. There is nothing subtle about her stinging acerbic satire on the cosmetic industry, corporate politics, racial tension and sexual power. Inspired by the skin whitening phenomenon in Asia, King's play is set in the Singapore office of successful skin whitening company Clearday Cosmetics whose product White Pearl enjoys considerable success in the highly competitive cosmetic market.

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