Haha, joke. But seriously, 52 comments? You all killed me there. THANK YOU, and I mean every letter of that phrase. So this is what you like to read, huh--one pseudo-sob story and all your inner Oprahs come out. Now you've put me in a bind: What do I write about next? How do I top the "He have a lover" punchline? Should I tell you about the time... wait, never mind. Next time.
I usually thank every single "commenter" in my blog, but that sounds like a tall order this time. Just know that I'm really grateful for the kind words, the back rub, the boost--and this goes even to Mr. Anonymous, who corrected my writing and got clobbered by a few others for it. Let me repeat what I said in my earlier post: Unless you're The Effing One, or are about to be, there's no need to worry about your grammar in my presence. I'm not going to wield my proverbial red pen on your paragraphs. I'm paid to do that at work. This blog isn't work, so everyone gets a pass here. I'll just whip out my abaniko and primly giggle to myself. Joke again!
Okay, enough of that for now. Did you know that so many theater productions are currently running in tiny Manila? Yes, buhay na buhay po ang teatro! A friend sent me a text message the other day expressing amazement that he was able to see three different plays on three consecutive weekends. "I didn't know there's a lot to see pala!," he said. Now he knows.
Do find time to catch these shows:
"Ang Mga Huwad (The Pretenders)": Tanghalang Pilipino, CCP
"Belong Puti": PETA (Nonon Padilla's directorial comeback)
"Basilia ng Malolos": Dulaang UP
"Song & Dance": Repertory Philippines (Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical)
"Philippine Bedtime Stories": an RP-Japan theater collaboration, CCP
"Isandaang Panaginip": Entablado, Ateneo de Manila
"The Importance of Being Earnest": Kultura, UA&P
"High School Musical": Blue Repertory (opens Feb. 23)
My reviews of Tanghalang Ateneo's just-finished "The Glass Menagerie" and TP's "The Pretenders" come out tomorrow in PDI. Here's a tip: Don't wait for what I or others have to say; use this Sunday (and the next weekends) to see any one or all of these shows (PETA has morning schedules). In fact, don't listen to us so-called critics at all. Read us if you like, but regardless of what our opinions are, go watch the plays and judge for yourselves.
Don't think you're wasting hard-earned money on shows you end up not feeling too happy about. Cliche but true: every play you go to, good or bad, is a learning experience. At least at the end of a bad one you'd have an idea how something like it should not be mounted. Keri na yun.
Hey, many thanks again. 52 comments! Can you say giddy?