Since I can’t fulfill my dream of going back to the theater stage (yet), beginning of 2017, I pledged to watch at least one theater play every month for the entire year. From small independent productions to musicals to big productions! It was all worth it!
Looking forward to going back to my first love, theater. ❤
1. January 2017 – “Twenty Questions” by Juan Ekis
I’ve been a fan of the script since college because of Jigs Character. My close friends could affirm that Jigs and I have a lot of things in common. Haha. Here is my review of the play I published before.
2. February 2017 – “Mula Sa Buwan” (Filipino Musical) *highly recommended
This is my all-time favorite! God! The original songs, the actors, the stage design and production is superb! So much love to the singer/actors and people behind the play, especially the songs. tagos sa heart!
Should there be a re-run this 2018, I’d be one of the first people to advertise and re-watch the play. T.T (Re-run please!)
3. March 2017 – “Caredivas” by Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA)
PETA never fails to open the eyes of many about the pressing social issues. Caredivas presented the lives of our OFWs loved ones in a light but a very touching way. Sobrang pasabog ng ending, napaiyak ako sa ganda. Surreal!
Cheers sa mga nahila ko manood! Shoutout to Aki (Anj Heruela’s Sis), Jean J., Jean B. and friend! 🙂
March (Bonus) – Manila Improv 2017. My first time to watch Improv! Sobrang saya!
March (Bonus) Free ticket c/o Noel, “Fun Home” (starring Lea Salonga!!). Yup, that’s Lea Salonga over there. My heart. T.T
4. April 2017- “W;t” (Margaret Edson)
See my review of this play here.
5. May 2017 – “Godspell” (Rock-ishMusical)
Nagsama lahat ng mga favorite male theater actors ko sa isang play — Topher Fabregas (The Normal Heart), Rhenwyn Gabalonzo (Mula sa Buwan), Jef Flores (The Normal Heart/ Caredivas).
An interesting approach of delivering “God’s gospel (thus Godspell)”.
May 2017 (Bonus) – Walang katapusang Godot by UP Repertory in partnership with #MentalHealthPH.
6. June 17 – “Kung paano maghiwalay” (starring Ate Afnan! UPV Upperclass)
Hugot to the highest level! Somehow this play helped me move on from my past relationship (char!). Accepting the fact that sometimes you don’t get to have closure but you have to move on and let go.
7. July 2017 – “Kinky Boots” starring Nyoy Volante
Other than Nyoy Volante, you should also watch out for the Kinky Boots Angels. Sobrang galing nila!
Hi, Noel and Jean! 🙂
8. August 2017 – “Happiness is a Pearl” *Zizzling Hot!
(*I cant find the link to my review of this play, pero ang lalim din nang pinaglalaban nito)
Happiness is a Pearl
9. September 2017 – “Buwan at Baril sa Eb Major (Starring JC Santos) and “Aurelio Sedisyoso” (starring Baron Geisler)
Buwan at Baril sa Eb Major has a lot to do with what is happening to our country right now. Interestingly, the script was first written released as a form of protest during the Marcos regime. One of the casts (who happens to play the same play before) said that it is really saddening that he after 30 something years, this play is being shown again for the same exact purpose — end the bloodshed and uphold democracy in the Philippines. Why are moving backwards?
My (theater) heart skipped a beat. ❤
Aurelio Sedisyoso portrays nationalism–love of our language and country. It’s a wake-up call to the viewers of how we’re being subtly colonized by the United States. “Nakakalungkot na patay na ang Pilipino sa bansang Pilipinas”.
Awesome performance here by Baron Geisler!!
Lookie the stage design and props! Sobrang!
10. October 2017 – “What’s in the Dark” (Suspense Thriller-ish)
Legit na nagulat ako sa isang scene. Ang creepy! haha
11. November 2017 – “Bastion” (by Ikarus Production starring Arvin Trinidad)
How far can you go in order to survive? Creepy and thought-provoking play. Casts are very effective. Body language and facial expressions are so on point. The voice (they were not using any lapel/mic) is audible and clear (and creepy!). This gave me nightmares! haha.
12. December 2017 – “Matilda” (by Atlantis Productions)
Last but not the least! Matilda! Supporting our INHS- Special Science Class Alumni, Gabby Padilla and Rhenwyn Gabalonzo! Yaay! 🙂
That’s it for 2017! For 2018, I’m committing to visit at least one museum per month! And hopefully I can still afford to watch theater plays every month next year. haha.