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Jakarta Post

Miss Tjitjih theater group fights for survival

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 13 2008   /  11:15 am

Once the talk of the town, traditional Sundanese play group Miss Tjitjih is struggling to survive. Named after its legendary lead actress back in the 1920s, the group is known for its horror comedy theatrical productions -- some of them adapted into films such as Beranak dalam Kubur (Giving Birth in the Grave) and Si Manis Jembatan Ancol (The Pretty Girl of Ancol Bridge). The group also performs Sundanese tales like Sangkuriang and Lutung Kasarung, as well as Betawi stories like Macan Kemayoran, Golok Ciomas, Jawara Tak Dikenal, and Banjir Getih di Rawa Bangke. "We used to have more than 200 people coming to our show every night. Now, we are already very grateful to see some 50 people in the audience," senior cast member Imas Darsih, 45 said. "In the 1970s, we could even perform twice a night." Since July 2007, the group has been performing only twice a month, at the most...