The story of the Moustache Brothers is amazing for most foreigners. The developed into a troupe critical of the Burmese government, and when they told some politically sensitive jokes about Burmese generals in 1996, Par Par Lay and Lu Zaw, two of the three Brothers were taken by the police, and sentenced to no less than 7 years of jail. Even though international protests started soon, they were not released until 2002. Meanwhile, Lu Maw, the one remaining Brother continued a show with his wife.
After their release, the Moustache Brothers cautiously started to perform again, albeit only in English and only at the home of Lu Maw. That is where they still continue their vaudeville shows every evening. The streets in the neighbourhood are dark, but it is not difficult to spot the home as there is a huge sign on the house. Basically, the theatre is the ground level living room, and as you come in, you are welcomed personally by all Brothers. It came almost as a shock to me to shake hands with very sympathetic guys whom had been in prison for such a long time. They just ask you where you are from and then give you a publication in your own language about their show.
The show of the Moustache Brothers is a collection of all kinds of theatre, and unfortunately, the satire is only a minor part. Lu Maw repeats some jokes until the end of the show, and otherwise there is a large part of traditional dance, as well as interaction with the audience. The performers are right there in front of your eyes, as the room is small and can accomodate some twenty spectators. Sometimes the show is funny, but then it can also be tender, and moving. After the show, you can have a closer look at the walls, where you can find pictures of Aung San Suu Kyi who saw the show, newspaper articles, marionettes, and much more. A truly unique experience.
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