Sufficiently intrigued about the festival, however, he and his girlfriend sought out other Labfest schedules, and that's how they ended up watching a set of plays worlds away from the fun and whimsy of the kiddie shows.
"Watching a REAL play at a REAL theater with REAL actors on stage is one of those rare things you can earn from the addicting vice called bloghopping," writes Frankie. "I've never been to CCP, and I don't have the slightest idea how to go there. So I asked my pare if she wants to see a play with me, and she gladly agreed, perhaps thinking that I was planning a date... We were already at CCP at 1 pm though the play will start at 3 pm. So to while away the time, we kept ourselves busy taking pictures (yes, we're cam whores!)... The ticket said that we are going to watch the 4th set of the Labfest, which is 'Ang Pagdadalaga at Iba Pang Rebelasyon.' I thought it would be all about gayness since it reminded me of the flick, 'Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros.' But we got more than what we bargained for, and it was all worth the wait."
On Arlo de Guzman's "Three Unsent Letters:" The play is about a gay who wrote letters to his young partner but wasn't able to send them to him. The letters talk about love, life, bitterness, letting go, and moving on. To give the audience a better idea on what the letters contain, an actor (Allan Manalo) acted as the three letters. His acting was both intense and fabulous, which kept me glued to my seat. The part where he/the letter talked about the man's sexual escapades was well-acted. His facial expressions and the way he moved gave me the impression that he was really creaming his pants.
Behind him was a large box covered with a gray cloth. At first, I thought that it was a corpse since I'm seeing a head-like shape beneath the covers. But when the cloth was removed, it revealed two heads, err, two gorgeous gay couples, the man who wrote the letters (Roeder Camanag) and his young partner (Dandy Ramos), having a wet (I used the word in its literal meaning) and steamy sex in a bath tub filled with rose petals. I was shocked at first to see such a scene, but then again, it was well-acted and was actually one of my favorite scenes, *wink*.
On Argel Tuason's "Kuyom:" A moving story about the relationships of Orly (a callboy played by Russel Legaspi), Pink (a gay impersonator played by Raymond Valenzuela), and their adopted deaf-mute child Yum-yum. What I liked in this play is that Yum-yum wasn't really on stage and was only shown in an overhead projector. However, the actors played their scenes with Yum-yum so well that it made me think that the kid was really there. It was a good thing that the dialogs were funny that they matched the quirkiness of the actors. And with gay impersonators on stage, I'd expected nothing but an hour of laughter and riot. However, despite the funny antics and few confusing scenes, the play was punctuated with a tragedy leaving both the couple mourning and the audiences heartbroken as well.
On Layeta Bucoy's "Ellas Inocentes:" [This] disturbing and heartrending story is about two young girls Ana and Mica (played by Lovely Balili and Ness Roque), locked in separate rooms, fighting for freedom and their plea of returning to their mom's custody where morality never matters. At first, the play was a bit dragging since the lead actresses did nothing except switch the lights on and off and yell at each other. Having other playmates other than themselves was the only argument that ensued all throughout the play.
I thought that it was boring at first, but when the play progressed and their dialogs revealed the real game that they were playing, I was totally astounded. The fact that the two girls lived in the same room with their mom, who was a hooker, and her two male partners was intriguing enough. But what's most disturbing was the idea that these girls thought that sex is a child's game that their mother and her lived-in partners were doing.
Most disturbing scene:
Ana: (humping a pillow) Eh wala naman akong maramdaman eh.
Mica: (hugging a pillow as if it was a real male) Dagdagan mo kasi yung unan kasi malaki si Ninong Manny mo.
Ana: (adds another pillow and humps them) Wala pa rin akong nararamdaman eh. Mas masarap pag dinidilaan mo!
Mica: Eh di gamitin mo yung kamay mo.
Ana: (masturbates herself, then moans) Mannnnnnyyyyy!!!!
Mica: (masturbates herself with her fingers, then stops) Naiihi na ako.
Ana: Ang bilis mo naman!
Afterwards, the true cam whore that he is, Frankie made sure he posed with the two precociously talented actresses of "Ellas Inocentes."
I didn't know that Frankie and his girlfriend had gone on their own to the CCP and paid for their own tickets, until they approached me after the show to introduce themselves. Was I surprised and delighted that they had watched the plays!
This won't be the last, right, Keitaro-san?
(Read his complete entry here.)