Sunday, October 07, 2007

Roundup

Shoutouts to the following comrades and kindred souls for their recent theater posts:

On Actor's Actors Inc.'s “Art:”

Benj (a lengthy, incisive review!): “'Art' did not disappoint. Translated in Filipino, Yasmina Reza’s comedy about three friends in different stages of the lives captured the universal theme of friendship and compromise. When all three of them ended up in the same room, all hell break lose. If making white lies, saying half truths, dishing out sarcasm and discussing past events were Olympic events, Serge, Mar and Jun would have given the country our first Olympic gold medal. And yes, all of this was because of a single painting!” More here...

Melissa: “The play is as funny as one might hope. There are a number of clever moments, ending is truly inspired, as the friends make their choices. 'Art' is a great play, it is certainly an actor's play and allows for entertaining stage indulgences. It is more successful in examining friendship than it is art. Michael de Mesa and Jett Pangan were very serious while Ricky Davao really made the audience laugh. Congratulations to Mr. Bart Guingona for a job well done!” More here...

Lalah: “While it may seem that 'Art' is a stage play that may tackle something technical (because of the title), it goes beyond learning what modern art or even deconstruction is all about. Apparently, it’s all because of the play’s humor. Lito Albano’s translation is commendable in terms of being able to bring the humor to the play... “Art” is [also] a perfect play to get to reflect about our relationship with our friends. There is politics in friendship. Every friendship or any relationship is confronted with a ‘white painting’.” More here...

Weng: “Acoustics—6/10: They seemed to have problems with the positions of the lapel mics. I heard clothing brushing across the microphone on several occasions. At times, the performers’ voices also seem to fade in and out... Performers—9/10: I had always thought that movie actors were more used to having several takes for a scene. I thought they wouldn’t pull off those long lines and would have to do ad-libs. Btw, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt since I don’t know how the translation went... I think I would have enjoyed this play more if it had been set in another venue.” More here...

Eros: “There are two main reasons why I didn’t like watching the play 'Art.' But I liked the play itself. The form and content, that is. But not really the performance. I’m not sure if the reaction is valid... I thought the lady who sat beside our seat was harmless so I shook my head when she asked if the seat was taken. My nightmare started when Jett Pangan delivered his first line. After that, she would laugh at every dialogue. [Also,] The play was supposed to start at 8pm. Oh, I really hate delays... Davao was the most applauded actor in the cast. De Mesa was always De Mesa. Pangan was kinda flat, especially in monologues. They all deserved a pat or a hug or a bouquet.” More here...

On Atlantis Productions'
“Avenue Q:”


Nina: “The cast [is] amazing. Rachel Alejandro, Felix Rivera, and Joel Trinidad are totally one with their muppet characters, and can seamly switch from one character to another (as they each handle two puppets). It’s multi-tasking at its best: they sing and act with their whole heart at the same time handling their puppets to move its mouth and gesture with its hand. Aiza Seguerra (who was the perfect choice to play Gary Coleman), Frenchie Dy, Rycharde Everley and Teenee Chan completes the Avenue Q cast.” More here...

Weng, again: “Acoustics—8/10: Since this auditorium is taller and less wide than other show venues, I felt that the sounds were better. However, during cetain portions of the show, most noticeable when Aiza was singing, the sound would shift to one side of the auditorium... Performers—10/10: Two thumbs up for dual character roles by Rachel Alejandro, Felix Rivera, and Joel Trinidad! It’s hard enough to control a puppet, sing a song in a different accent, or alternate different voices, but to do them all together, that’s a great performance.” More here...

On Tanghalang Pilipino's “Mulan:”

TheBachelorGirl (with beautiful pictures!): “Undoubtedly, the children will be familiar with the storyline because of Disney’s animated version that’s also entitled 'Mulan.' This knowledge will serve as a fine jumping off point to introduce the children to Asian theatre and its distinct style through Tanghalang Pilipino’s original production of 'Mulan'... The costumes of New York-trained Gino Gonzales and character makeup by multi awarded Dennis Tan are an excellent foil to the exaggerated theatrical style and the fusion of dance with martial arts by premier dance artist Denisa Reyes.” More here...

Melissa, again: Ang rate ko sa dulang ito ay 5-star. Nagampanan ng mga artista ng maganda ang kani-kanilang papel. Makikita mo sa mukha ng mga tauhan kung masaya o malungkot sila ng dahil sa magandang pagkakapintura ng mga mukha ng mga tauhan. At ang set ay napaka-simple pero parang nararamdaman mo na nandoon ka sa lugar na iyon. At lalo na ng biglang lumitaw ang dalawa sa mga kalaban nila sa likuran ng mga manonood... Sa umpisa palang ng palabas ay alam ko na na maganda ang kabuuan ng palabas na ito. More here...

On Floy Quintos' “Fluid,” by the 2007 Ateneo Theater Arts Seniors:

Ren Aguila: “I would not want to say this was outright brilliance. I found the plot of the artist and his patron to be at times predictable... [But] With that caveat, I would commend this play precisely because it is not only a good piece of reflection for those of us who are interested in the arts, but also because this has been, of all the fund-raising efforts the Fine Arts majors have staged, the cleverest.” More here...

Ren Robles: “The action is paced well, and there are no dull moments. There's also a good balance between gravitas and the frivolous; it's never too serious to be depressing, and never too slapstick to be disposable. The material is clever and witty, and there's a lot of unexpected humor... I definitely recommend watching this play. It is entertaining, yes, but it also brings to life the dilemmas of every artist.” More here...

Toff De Venecia, Young Star columnist: “The show’s poignant message of life, love, art and compromise is showcased within two acts of gripping realities, themes and social situations that confound the artist and his patron in this day and age. Floy Quintos’ writing and direction soars as with his new generation of stars who, despite Fluid’s previous run at UP, has created something that is young, fresh and uniquely their own.” More here...

PLUS: Philippine Star columnist Exie Abola's graceful, lapidary prose makes his recent appraisals of two productions a joy to read--and his future reviews something to look forward to.

On Dulaang UP's “As You Like It:” “How fares the production? Not badly, though not too well either. The production--directed by Jose Estrella, the company’s artistic director--is largely unremarkable, defined less by prudent restraint than by a strange half-heartedness. Yet, despite these shortcomings, the production seemed to at least even out, if not come out ahead. The producers make two smart casting decisions involving the two most important roles, Rosalind and Touchstone.” More here...

On “Fluid:” “A play about art--the struggles of artists with their work and the temptation to compromise--seems an unlikely subject for an evening’s entertainment. Yet Fluid, staged by Theater Arts students of Ateneo de Manila’s Fine Arts Program, is just that: an intelligent play about art that manages to be fabulously fun at the same time... From the least promising of subjects, [Floy] Quintos--as writer and then as director--manages to weave an astonishingly merry entertainment, one in which the performers make their characters funny yet human and true. Art as entertainment: two categories more fluid than we might have thought.” More here...

6 comments:

TheBachelorGirl said...

Hi,

Thank you so much for the quote and the link. It's an unexpected but wonderful surprise on a Sunday morning.

BTW, I hope you don't mind my shoutout to your readers that we have bought the 15 Dec 2pm Saturday matinee of the repeat performance of Avenue Q

And, we are one of the blockbuyers of Into the Woods 17 Nov 8pm show of New Voice Co

We are now accepting ticket reservations and orders. Please email llornalopez@gmail.com

Thank you so much.

To theatre,
Lorna

lalah said...

Thanks for linking and excerpting my post :)

lateralus said...

Thanks for the shoutout, Gibbs. :)

gibbs cadiz said...

LORNA, you're welcome! and very glad to have met you earlier during the into the woods presscon. usap tayo more next time! :)

LALAH, you're welcome. :)

BENJ, kaw din. :)

exie abola said...

Hey, Gibbs, thanks for the kind words. You had me running to my dictionary to look up "lapidary." It's kind of embarrassing receiving a compliment you don't understand. :)

Thanks for the excerpts. I've put up my reviews of Romulus and Love's Labors. Hope you like them.

I'm interested in listening to Floy Quintos, but I have something scheduled for that day in Makati. It's supposed to end at 3 pm, so I'll see if I can make it.

Oh, and it's good to see that you seem to be successfully spreading around your enthusiasm for theater. It's like a contagion, I tell you. :)

Thanks again, and I'll see you around.

gibbs cadiz said...

EXIE, oh, do drop by on the 27th for the floy talk! glad to read your twin reviews, though i had a different reaction to love's labour's lost. see ya soon! :)

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