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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wait Until Dark for a Thrilling Repertory Theater Experience

As the fun Christmas musicals played their final note for the season, a new thrilling experience awaits theater-goers as Repertory Philippines begins the year with a dark play. Okay, somewhat dark. I mean how can Repertory Philipppines totally shed their popular fun and light image even as they explore the dark side. This cat-and-mouse type of play only further highlights the company's versatility without losing their personality. Having said that, you can expect an entertaining play with occasional giggles despite the dark theme.

Your theater experience begins with the visual of a dimly-let stage that sets the atmosphere of anticipation and foreboding. The spot-on acting of the goon-like characters and their “evil”leader
along with the brilliant lighting techniques progressed the story smoothly despite the limitation of theater's one-set scenes. The audience's imagination was heightened and on full-gear as the actors easily transported the them from the outdoors to the indoors without being hampered by the permanent walls. How they combine or blend, acting chops with ingenious lighting, set design, and music seems to be the trademark formula for Repertory's successful shows.

Perhaps his height and built on top of great acting helped the audience buy into Arnel Carrion's cold and evil character. He made me fearful for "Suzy" as I was truly convinced of his capability to harm her.The subtle acting skills of Robbie Guevarra and Joel Trinidad may not be as attention-grabbing as the role of "Roat" or "Suzy" but I really enjoyed how they played their characters. The idea of a dead body or that the story happened in London or the bumbling execution of "the plan" to deceive Suzy were convincingly set up by their characters. Dani Gana played Gloria in a way that I believe only she can deliver, that “duality” in character where you feel there is something more going on inside her despite what she outwardly presents.

Give someone a blind role and let's see if you can truly believe it. Well, Liesl Batucan played the blind woman's role seamlessly and convincingly that I entered her world and stayed there until the end, fearful constantly for her safety. When you watch a Repertory play, it's superb acting that really takes you through that wonderful experience. Everything else falls second.

The show runs from January 17 to February 9, 2014.  All performances are at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City.

For details of the show, you may contact Repertory Philippines:
By phone: 571-6926 and 571-4941
By e-mail: shows@repertoryphilippines.com
By Internet: http://www.repertoryphilippines.com

Tickets are available through Ticketworld at 891-9999, or via http://www.ticketworld.com.ph/


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