Saturday, February 23, 2008

Rep's 'Romance in D' opens Feb. 29

High above the blues-filled streets of Chicago, musicologist Charles Norton sits alone in his apartment with only the company of his greatest friend - his music. Meanwhile, next door, poet and wordsmith Isabel Fox moves in after muddling through a painful divorce. As only fate would have it, these two lonesome souls meet in an unusual turn of events, sparking a heartwarming friendship that blends together the worlds of language and music. Throw into this harmonious mix Charles' father, the charismatic George Fox, and Isabel's vivacious mother Helen, and what follows is an endearing story of navigating the path to love as only James Sherman's "Romance in D" can reveal.

Director Miguel Faustmann, a highly respected actor and set designer in Philippine theater, is no stranger to the work of playwright James Sherman. In the past, Faustmann lent his directorial vision to another well-known Sherman romance, the gender-bender, "Mr. 80%."

In "Romance in D," theater luminary Audie Gemora plays musicologist Charles Norton. This is Gemora's return to the non-musical genre after playing title roles in musical smash hits like "Man of La Mancha" and "The Sound of Music." Playing opposite Gemora is Ana Abad Santos-Bitong as Isabel Fox. Bitong once again sets foot on stage as an actor after directing a critically acclaimed re-imagination of "Hamlet."

Rounding out the cast are theater veterans Pinky Marquez and Chinggoy Alonso, as Helen Norton and George Fox. "Romance in D" marks Alonso's highly anticipated return to the Rep stage after his unforgettable portrayal of King Arthur in "Camelot" in 1994.

"Romance in D" runs Feb. 29-March 16 at the Onstage Theatre in Greenbelt One, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are at P550, P350 and P250. For tickets, reservations, and information, call 8870710 or Ticketworld at 891999. Tickets are also available at the REP office located at 2316 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City and at the gate before every performance.

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