Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Raves for 'Romulus'

PETA's “Romulus D'Grayt” is on its last two weekends. The reactions I've been reading so far about the play are heartening. Take your cue from them.

PoisonRaven: “Nang matapos kong panoorin ang palabas ay tumayo ang aking balahibo, hindi dahil sa takot kundi sa sobrang pagkamangha sa napanood ko. Napakahusay ang pagganap ng mga artista sa papel nila. Maganda ang pagkakasunod-sunod, gayundin ang pagkagawa ng buong istorya. Binabati ko ang mga tao sa likod ng produksiyon na ito sapagkat matatalino sila at naisip nilang magpalabas ng ganoon kaganda at katalinong palabas. Nasasabi kong matalino sila sapagkat nabatid ko na hindi lamang puro komedya at katatawanan ang pinapalabas nila dito kundi alam kong mayroong natatagong kahulugan ang palabas na iyon. Binabati ko din ang mga nagsipagganap sapagkat, ayon nga sa nasulat ko, nagampanan nila nang mahusay ang mga papel nila. Nagpapasalamat ako kay Prof. del Mundo sapagkat binigyan niya kami ng pagkakataong makapanood ng isang mahusay at matalinong palabas. Binabati ko din ang PETA, dahil nagpalabas sila ng ganito kagandang play.” More here...

Zhali: “This was the very first PETA play that I had ever watched, and I can say that I was not disappointed. Though sitting inside the theater for 3 hours was a bit exhausting. (Believe me, it was!) 'Romulus D' Grayt' features an all-male cast... Yes it was an all male cast, which reminded me of Repertory Philippines' Taming of The Shrew! *joy* It was fun to watch because most of the actors were already familiar to us... But the real surprise was Eric dela Cruz! Basta, watch it to find out! Basta sa kanya kami tawang tawa. Laveeeeeet!” More here...

Aika: “We watched 'ROMVLVS 'D GRAYT,' the Filipino Version of the Swiss play “Romulus the Great". It was a lovely play! Lively, with dynamic and funny characters.. not to mention CUTE. haha.. well, it had an amazing story about loyalty, deception, the government and whatnot... We were granted backstage entry. I saw all the actors, congratulated them and honestly told them that the play was amazing.” More here...

Migs: “I watched Insiang at CCP and Romulus d’ Grayt at PETA this weekend--a one-two punch (aba Manny Pacquaio ikaw ba yan!?) of drama and comedy. Both stage plays were remarkable, so I encourage you dear theater-watching people to watch! (Even non-theater goers, go na!)”

And a typically perceptive piece from Exie: “Under the sure-handed direction of Maribel Legarda, PETA takes [Romulus D' Grayt's] anachronistic spirit and turns it up a few hundred notches... An air of unreality pervades the play. The Roman costumes (the fever-dream spawn of designer Santi Obcena) are flamboyant and fervid in color. What pieces of furniture appear are indistinct black shapes with chalk-like outlines. The set design is at once extravagant and garish. Thanks to Jerry Respeto, who adapted the play from an English translation, the characters speak in hip, breezy Filipino and make frequent references to pop culture, as if they watched The Buzz all day. (Boy Abunda gets mentioned, for good measure.)... Not that the play forgets that it’s a comedy. Far from it. A festive--or rather, fiesta--spirit pervades most of it, especially its first half. The characters (“big, bold, and garish,” Legarda says in her notes) are a riot... The performers are a crack crew of seasoned actors. In the title role is Dido dela Paz, who does an exemplary job veering from avuncular nuttiness to grumpy childishness to world-weariness.” More here...

“Romulus D’Grayt” runs until the last weekend of October at the PETA Theater Center, Quezon City. Call 4100821/7256244, or e-mail mpr@petatheater.com or petampro@yahoo.com.

PLUS: Love the “Romulus” photos in this post? There's more of them here, all taken by ace actor Jojit Lorenzo, who also wields a mean camera.

PLUS PLUS: Got the cast meet 'n greet last Sunday afternoon on video! Raw, unsophisticated clip (haven't had the time to sit down and learn video editing, sigh), so just skim through it for the actors' faces and the mostly-young crowd's cheery post-show vibe. (The gorgeous Christian Vasquez--part of the first staging of “Romulus” in 2005--makes a cameo. Actually I forced him to, hoho.)



4 comments:

arpee lazaro said...

i will see it with my wife this saturday oct 20. i also copied this post and sent the link to my friends at the office, to encourage them to see it. excited na ko ngayon pa lang!

Ian Segarra said...

Thank you for watching gibbs!
Wag kang magsawa sanang manuod ng theater productions.
Maraming salamat sa iyong suporta!

arpee lazaro said...

finally got to see it last saturday! a wonderful play indeed! my wife and i loved it. i liked the ngongo guy, really funny!

one of the things i appreciate about it is jerry respeto's twist with the dialogue. makes it more palatable to the younger audiences.

i'll be seeing you again this saturday, gibbs. more power to you!

gibbs cadiz said...

ARPEE, glad you saw it na. :)

IAN, you're welcome. congrats and keep up the good work! :)

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