Philippine Daily Inquirer, 12.04.2006
“The Sound of Music” and “The Good Body” opened on the same day recently--and no two plays could be more different
A BIG MUSICAL from Repertory Philippines is something you’d come to expect at this time of year, along with the usual jingling bells, boughs of holly and that dang partridge in a pear tree.
Last year it was the first-rate “Man of La Mancha,” which marked Rep’s first musical without the late Bibot Amador at the helm. This year it’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” with Baby Barredo in the lone director’s chair, and the old Rep trademarks are still there: great singing, compelling acting, an overall sense of sureness and good taste that assures a fine two hours spent at the theater.
This production is worth a look, too, for offering three alternating Marias: Rep staples Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Liesl Batucan, and comebacking musical star Monique Wilson, appearing in her first Rep production after 17 years.
Three performers in one role, plus four Rolfs, two Captain Von Trapps, three Baronesses (including the divine Cherie Gil), and 21 kids as the Von Trapp children, most of them appearing on stage for the first time—there you have a definition for onstage chaos, or, at least, a “Sound of Music” that might go every which way. However, Barredo orchestrates an even-keeled production that, for the most part, manages to squeeze new juice from what has become an overly familiar old-fashioned musical. More here...
ON THE WEEKEND “The Sound of Music” opened, one of its Marias was at Music Museum performing in a play whose forthright language would make the nuns of Nonnberg Abbey cross themselves.
Monique Wilson, together with Pinky Amador and Juno Henares, headlined the New Voice Company’s production of Eve Ensler’s new play “The Good Body” for two days—material that many would consider radioactive but, with direction from Rito Asilo, they brought to pulsating life.
“The Good Body,” which charts Ensler’s struggles with body issues such as fat, cellulite and aging and how such issues affect other women across the globe, can be hilarious, scabrous and revelatory all at the same time. But it can also be a scold—repetitive, polemical and obsessed with itself. More here...