Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Angel Street

Last Saturday, I woke up early amidst the late night date Kat and I had in McDonald's just to give in to our (or was it mine alone and Kat was just dragged into it? hahaha!!!) cravings of McFlurry. Kat, Liz, Gladz, Kate and I were scheduled to watch the free showing of the play by Dulaang UP entitled Angel Street, but Lizzy did not go with us for she has other commitments to do.

Angel Street is a play by Patrick Hamilton. It is about the Manninghams who lived in Angel Street. Mr. Manningham uses his care and kindness as a disguise to drive his wife to insanity in order to continue for the search of the golden rubies he started fifteen years ago. Mrs. Manningham's mother was also insane during her age and so she believed that she is going out of her mind everytime Mr. Manningham accuses her of petty aberrations that is his doing.



While Mr. Manningham is out, a police inspector, Inspector Rough, paid her a visit. With her servants Nancy and Elizabeth, Inspector Rough came to prove that Mr. Manningham is the criminal, who has the name of Power and killed an old lady who owned a 12000-pound worth of rubies, fifteen years ago in the same house in Angel Street.

Mrs. Bella Manningham is played by Lorna Lopez and has an excellent performance. She has a very jolly face and thus you could see how effective the transition from a jolly face to a face that is sad, afraid and insane. I also give credit to Richard Cunanan who played Inspector Rough. His character shifted the play from thriller to comedy everytime he comes in. He was really good. Mitoy Sta. Ana who played Mr. Jack Manningham was also good although he stuttered almost three times. Marivic Abalos and Trineth Villasis who played Elizabeth and Nancy respectively are also effective actors.

The counterpart of the play's title in Filipino was Lampara. Before, everytime I see the poster of Angel Street in campus, I often wonder why such translation. When I searched in the internet, the original title of the play of Hamilton was Gaslight and according to Prof. Jovy M. Peregrino, the play's translator, "May Lampara sa Angel Street." In the play, one could see that its translation is indeed correct for Mrs Manningham’s only clue to her husband machinations is the frequent dimming of their gaslights. That's why when we say, "gaslight somebody", it means driving somebody insane.

Summing up, the play was good and I'll rate it an 8.5. Here are some pictures of the play although they were not actual shots at the time I saw it. Enjoy!!!

the couplecray?hmm...caughtget him!

-o0o-
Dulaang UP
College of Arts and Letters
UP Diliman
Contact Numbers: 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449 or 433-7840

Monday, February 7, 2005

KoMEd!

KoMEd!


My roommate and I watched Komedi today. The play is composed of 3 plays and was directed by Tony Mabesa. The three plays are all written by Nicolas Pichay. It was the last day today and so it was really jam packed. Some of the theater people who I saw perform in previous plays of DUP were there.







"Ang Maikling Kasaysayan ng Punerarya sa Pilipinas". A monologue of an alien beauty queen who comes to earth in search of an alternative energy source for planet Zega.


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This is the first play. The character is Martial Aloysius which is an alien beauty queen and is played by Ricci Chan. He has been part of some of the plays in DUP. "Ang Maikling Kasaysayan ng PUnerarya sa Pilipinas" started when the alien's space ship crashed in the Philippines. He is in search of fuel to be used as energy for their planet. The alien met an old man/woman (i'm really not sure) who is the very first alien beauty queen and led him to the cemetery and later to a funeral parlor. There he found out that the soul of the people in the funeral are the fuel for Planet Zega. He decided to kill all the earthlings but later felt human emotions and then decided not to."Pangulo Naming Mahal". Outrageous comedy of a man and his wife bent on making it big in the corrupt world of the incumbent president.


Ricci Chan was very effective as an actor. He really made us laugh even though he is just alone there in the stage. He delivers his lines very well that's why you really could understand the monologue.


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The second play is done by Eugene Domingo who played as Mare and Richard De Guzman who played Pare. Mare and Pare are married and are somewhat financially low. Pare thinks of the racket his wife will do. He suggested that his wife will become the mistress of the President so that they could have all the worldly things they wish for. It was funny because they somewhat describe the incumbent President Joseph Estrada. The play is somehow green with words but it was subtle. They were into their plans when Pare received a call from the President saying that he is no longer the President."Psychedelia Apocalypsis". A theatrical piece that focus on a motley crew consisting of Hollywood wannabes, armed liberation forces, & a veteran of major wars in the Philippines - high on weed and rock & roll, party & collide in the heart of darkness of Francis Ford Copolla's "Apocalypse Now".

Eugene Domingo was a very effective comedienne. She is as funny as her performance in the sitcom “Tanging Ina”. Richard De Guzman was also very effective. I have seen him perform in the play “Iceman Cometh”.






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The third play was also funny but somehow in the middle part it became a drag. But the actors are all effective.

-o0o-
Dulaang UP
College of Arts and Leters
UP Diliman
Contact Number: 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449 or 433-7840
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