Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Women on the verge

REVIEW:'Orfeo sa Impiyerno' / 'Master Class' / 'Death and the Maiden' Philippine Daily Inquirer, 8.28.2006

IT'S BEEN raining women in local theater these past months—and hallelujah to that.

After the sassy, saucy girls of the musical revue “We’re Still Hot,” led by Pinky Marquez, and Cherie Gil’s spellbinding turn in Atlantis Productions’
“Doubt” at the RCBC Theater, three more extraordinary female characters have recently ended their moments on Manila’s stages: Maria Callas, embodied with fierce energy by Jay Glorioso in the Philippine Opera Company’s production of Terrence McNally’s “Master Class;” Paulina Escobar, the vengeful ex-political prisoner played by Bituin Escalante in Actor’s Actors Inc.’s “Death and the Maiden;” and Lady Torrance/Regina Torralba, the tragic heroine of Tennessee Williams’ “Orpheus Descending,” incarnated on the Tanghalang Pilipino stage by Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino.

“Orpheus” is one of the playwright’s lesser-known works, but in theme and tone it is quintessential Williams—an impassioned examination of how tradition, conformity and propriety can be wielded to snuff out desire, passion, independent thought, life itself.
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