Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Virginal, but also madcap and magical

REVIEW: Virgin Labfest 2 Philippine Daily Inquirer, 07.24.2006

WHEN TWO THEATER pros at the peak of their powers join forces for the first time in their much-garlanded careers, the resulting wild ovation would be entirely apropos, and not nearly enough.

And so it was two weekends ago, when Nonie Buencamino and Irma Adlawan came together for the first time in Liza Magtoto’s play, “Hubad.” The play was the final entry in Virgin Labfest 2, a modest festival of some 15 untried, untested and unstaged dramatic works by the Writers’ Bloc, a loose group of emerging and established Filipino playwrights.

Mounted at the CCP’s Tanghalang Huseng Batute, “Hubad” saw Adlawan and Buencamino fearlessly playing a husband and wife who’ve taken to playing sexual games to spice up their marriage. The two actors were a wonder to watch—nothing less than master classes on the use of body, voice, mind and experience to create tactile characters onstage.
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