In 2003, Kim Rae-won and Jung Da-bin (who passed away in 2007) starred in the MBC drama Attic Cat. The story has now been transferred to the stage, and the production held a press call on April 7. Two of the leads are actors you may have seen onscreen before: Hwang Bora (Love & Marriage, My Girl) in her theater debut and Lee Sun-ho (Tamra the Island).
The drama was one of the first to feature its leads living together, and director Kim Tae-young said, “When the drama aired, it had a provocative subject. Also, because one of the drama’s actors has passed away, I felt some burden.”
He added, “We based the play on the drama, but a lot of the structure and plot is different. You’ll be able to find new entertainment in it. We told the story of poor but hard-working youngsters living together in a rooftop room in a romantic and lyrical way.”
The writer is the same person who scripted the original, Kim Yuri, who said, “In the drama, the female lead is living her life, but didn’t show an active personality. But the play is different. I’m happy to see the story I wanted unfolding before my eyes.”
As the first drama to show its leads sharing living quarters, Attic Cat was followed by a number of popular entries in the category like Full House, Fantasy Couple, Bottom of the 9th with 2 Outs, and most recently Personal Taste. As with most dramas of its kind, it suffered from a lot of stretched plot points to get one person to leave, then come back (then leave, then come back), but it also had a lot of charm and very cute chemistry between the leads.
The play will run through May 30.
Via TV Report