Western Canada Theatre's most recent production of Justin Fleming's COUP D'ETAT is
based on the author's interview with Tun Salleh Abas, once the highest judge in Malaysia
who was ousted in 1988 in what Fleming calls "an act of constitutional violence" by the
Soon the tempo and theme of the play pick up and envelops the viewer, forcing you to
question not only your own perceptions of the Islamic world, but also the fragility of the
basic principles of human rights and religious persecution. Sometimes we in the West,
particularly in this day and age, get lost in the altruistic perceptions of this Islamic world,
particularly when it comes to worlds terror, women's rights and religious persecution. In
this play, the West's need to impose an ethnocentric perception of morality and
democratic freedoms is put into question, allowing the viewer to decide for themselves
what is just and unjust.
The accomplished cast of Stephen Hair, Khaira Ledeyo, Parnelli Parnes, Alvin Sanders
and Johnna Wright delivered the demanding dialogue with commanding performances,
particularly the underlying emotions which rise to a level of poetical proportions.
On all accounts, COUP d'ETAT is an engaging work that speaks volumes to the state of
world politics today and deserves the attention of everyone who cares for justice and
freedom for humanity.
Ryan Kuhn, Entertainment, Feb 29, 2004