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Jakarta Post

Teater Koma's ‘Tanda Cinta’: An exploration of love, life

  • Josa Lukman


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 1 2020   /  01:00 am
Unanswered questions: 'Tanda Cinta' (Sign of Love) was conceived by actor and playwright Nano Riantiarno for his 27th wedding anniversary with his wife and fellow actor Ratna Riantiarno.(Courtesy of Teater Koma/-)

Teater Koma’s Tanda Cinta (Sign of Love) provides a glimpse into a question all couples have probably thought about but repress: What happens when the spark disappears? After several streams of laugh-inducing plays, Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation’s #NontonTeaterDiRumahAja program serves up something more dramatic. Tanda Cinta (Sign of Love) by theater troupe Teater Koma, one of Indonesia’s biggest and most prominent theatrical ensembles, streamed via Indonesia Kaya’s website and YouTube account. Virtual shows have become a popular way to reach the audience since the pandemic has made it almost impossible for many art groups to deliver performances like before. Teater Koma, for one, has announced the rescheduling of its 160th production, Sampek Engtay, from its originally planned premiere in March to Jan. 30-31, 2021 a...