It’s quite rare to see go-getting, no-nonsense female characters onstage, ones that can make your balls shrivel up with one well-placed retort.
Which is why I like Lina, the amazingly driven and ambitious career woman-slash-reluctant mother in The Gunpowder Trail, a stage adaptation of the Claire Tham story by the highly-visible-nowadays Teater Ekamatra.
Unwanted pregnancy, sentimental lovers, nothing stands in the way of her ruthless rise to the top. Whatever that is. Except that at some point, she has to take care of her daughter Alia, who up until the deaths of her caretaker-grandparents, had been conveniently out of sight and mind.
And just as she reunites with her daughter, Lina disappears with a cool 50 million dollars, leaving Alia to deal with the cops. Booyah!