"Don_Q" is that good. Director Chris Millado and his frisky band of teen actors have devised a brilliant riff on Cervantes' "Don Quixote" by improvising on its basic structure and bringing it to the youthful world of anime, chatting, WarCraft and Friendster. Quixote's quest for sanity, compassion and idealism in a world gone dreary now finds fresh resonance in an age where young people go online to construct alternate universes, slay imaginary foes, play out outre roles and stories to make sense of the unanchored, fragmentary nature of modern life.
It takes some patience to get into the strange, stylized world conjured by "Don_Q," but once you're in, expect to be mesmerized. And get this: the play is largely improvised, with the actors nimbly weaving and bobbing their way through each other's spontaneous lines. It's a strong showcase of PETA's upcoming thespians, and a great reassurance that, if these actors are the future of the industry, we can breathe more easily for Philippine theater.
Go. I'm down on my knees. (Bad metaphor.)