Saturday, August 13, 2005

A Midsummer Night's Dream

I came to SM North to watch the play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, a production of Actor’s Repertory Theater. The lines were very long and it started 30 minutes late. Aside from that it cost me 150Php (already discounted for being a student), everything was not worth it if not for Arnold Reyes playing the lead part. The guy was really good, he could sing and act and really very articulate with lines. Not to mention that he is such a cutie. If his name does not ring a bell, he is the guy who is in the commercial of Benadril where I think his nose was all red.

The costume and the set design were very much ok but sounds was very poor. They have this mini-microphone pinned in their ‘Athens’ influenced outfit which is dysfunctional. Sometimes it just turns off that the actors have to shout to be heard. And they have production-number-from-That’s-Entertainment parts where they sing and dance with novelty songs like Follow the Leader, Totoy Bibo, Aray, Babae po Ako (of Tuesday Vargas), Livin La Vida Loca, etc. I mean, it is tolerable as long as they fit the play but they don’t have to do the whole song. It became a drag.

And I don’t know if they had auditions but most of their actors were like amateurs and most of them doesn’t have a powerful voice or at least knows how to sing. It was semi-musical so it was really such a pain in the ear with the malfunctioning microphones and out of tune voices.

What was also another disappointment was the audience. The entire crowd was a bunch of highschoolers. They were hooting, crying out loud, and yelling in the middle of the play especially during the kissing parts. It was really a disaster when people don’t have play etiquette and consideration. And they have their phones in beeping mode even if they were told to put it off or mute it. Arggh!!!

So I rate it 6.5. Hehehe!!! At least above passing.
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