An epic play of grandeur, personal drama, tragedy, brotherly love- and, with touches of an “ethereal” romantic and undying love.
“FILIPINAS: 1941 (Isang Dulayawit)”.
What we saw was simply a dress rehearsal. It’s not even the final TECHNICAL DRESS REHEARSAL yet- but still, it left us with a feeling of superlatives already. Aided with many fabulous dress-costumes which were all authentic and well-researched, the “living colors and wonder” of this new play from Philippine Stagers Foundation was like a “catch in the basin”.
Vince Tanada (the original actor for the role of “Felipe”) didn’t act that day because he had to see some “last-minute changes” of the play, but his alternate for the role of “Felipe” (the most beautiful character in the play)- in person of no less than Mr. Kevin Posadas, delivered the job well.
Kevin was so sensitive, full of tears and juices and quenching your thirst for rawness and satisfaction. He could easily cry, and he was very experimental in delivering the role.
Another very worthwhile actor we saw on the dress rehearsal of the play was Chris Lim, as he portrayed one of the non-fictional characters (the other non-fictional characters in the play were Presidents Jose P. Laurel and Manuel L. Quezon, portrayed by Stagers JP Lopez as Laurel and Jomar Bautista as Quezon) in the play- that is, Gen. Douglas Macarthur. We couldn’t say Chris as experimental as in Kevin’s style, but the right term could be “inventive”. His great acting nuances and style was a very refreshing view. Especially when he made those electrifying dance sequences/numbers.
The costumes added great texture on the play, blended and mixed finely with the mood, the music and the passion. It was like you were in a “time tunnel”, suddenly arrived in a violent time set in 1940’s. You’d feel, the painstakingly effort of the woman (so close to Vince Tanada’s heart) who did these costumes.
On the supporting cast, Mr. Poul Garcia, the play’s main antagonist, stood out. He was so convincing as a mad Japanese General, obsessed with one woman and out to kill thousands of Filipinos with his own idea of “war”.
Poul got the right and efficient mixture of emotions that titillated our senses.
More to come in “Filipinas: 1941” when their final technical dress rehearsal comes this July 11 (Friday) at SM North Cinema 9.
“I will be inviting some critics to watch our final technical dress rehearsal”, Vince whispered to a blogger. “I will let them see our efforts in delivering a good material via this play. We’ve all worked hard on this.”
Let the critics give the FINAL NOD. And feel more “awed”.
FILIPINAS: 1941 is definitely the biggest theater event of the year!
That, we guarantee.
(words by robert manuguid silverio)
video below, courtesy of mr. patrick libao (stager):