Friday, September 15, 2006

Faith, hope and showbiz love

REVIEW:'Joseph the Dreamer' / 'Godot, Wer Is U?' / 'Shock Value' Philippine Daily Inquirer, 9.11.2006

THOUGH they're about one and the same story, Trumpets’ long-running warhorse musical “Joseph the Dreamer” should not be confused with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s industrial-strength “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

A quick listen to the music is all it takes to distinguish the two. Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph” is ironic, secular and saccharine. Trumpets’ version, based on a cantata by Cam Floria and reworked into a Broadway-style musical by Freddie Santos, is nothing if not reverent, its pious intentions splashed across the stage in primary colors. More here...

WHEN IT OPENED for a mere four-day run last June at CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, French director Alain Timar’s radical reinterpretation of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” met, not unlike its source material’s debut on the world stage decades ago, with considerable grumbling and bafflement.

The cause of all this hubbub was Timar’s decision to do a Filipinized “Godot” that embraced what some people thought was an antithetical element to the existential Beckett: the Pinoy’s gallows humor, his sense of defiant happiness in the face of death and senselessness. More here...

FLOY QUINTOS knows a thing or two about the Filipino penchant for frills and frippery. For 10 years now, he has directed “StarTalk,” a TV show that has done its fair share of scandal-mongering as well as fluff reportage on celebrities from the worlds of movies, politics and even religion.

Now Quintos, who is also a noted playwright-director, has come up with “Shock Value,” a Dulaang UP production directed by Alexander Cortez that unblinkingly sends up the excesses and inanities of the industry he moves in. More here...


PLUS: French director Alain Timar talks about his Filipino version of "Waiting for Godot" here.

2 comments:

raffy said...

hi gibbs, ngayon lang me nagkafree time to check your blog.yours is clean, lots of white space, content and little of the clutter.since ur a known writer na,readers of the site are looking for your personality.If it is one they like,they would come back repeatedly.If the personality of the site doesnt suit them,they will never come back.thanks for your efforts,i love the performing arts too! i guess the genuine theater enthusiasts are not a vanishing breed. see you around !

gibbs cadiz said...

hey raffy, thanks, do continue supporting local theater and the performing arts. :)

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