A standing ovation again. That’s what Mr. Vince Tanada, the actor-director who portrayed the character of “Felipe” in the latest opus play of Philippine Stagers Foundation- Filipinas: 1941 (Isang Dulayawit).
It was, indeed, a masterful performance. The best one a blogger had seen so far for the year 2014, in the theater scene.
What’s so intriguing and captivating about Vince’s performance was his own way of penetrating deep within your senses. The character of “Felipe”, a dumb Filipino farmer who fought for his nation and won an undying love from the woman-angel of his life- was put into different levels of dimension ( almost like three-dimensional) based on his unique style and flow of superb acting skills.
One, Vince could steal attention from the audience, and away from the rest of the ensemble cast. As he delivered his powerful lines in the play, it seemed that time stood still, and he was simply, as if, alone there onstage… and everything looked okay.
Two, his powerful voice that echoed throughout the show proper was such a delight to hear. It was all too powerful.
And third, he knew how to interact and provide good chemistry with his co-actors in each of every scene. He could carry and lift them up. Even providing bits of laughter and delight (because of his funny “ad-libs”) to two critics who watched the play together with a blogger- Mr. Oliver Oliveros (of Broadwayworld.Com and also an international p.r. man), and Mr. JC Nigado, a veteran and anti-social genius-writer.
But it were not the critics, at all. It’s the audience, whom Vince truly captivated on that fourth set of performances at SM North Edsa’s Cinema 9 last July 14, 2014. Vince made the girls cry… He made the boys felt braver and stronger… and he made them- these young students and young Filipinos- feel united again with a common Nationalistic hype.
We all need to feel motivated anew. Recharge our Patriotism and love of country. In the rawness of spirits within the young… they will dream anew…
They may be walking now restlessly & aimlessly along the school corridors and hallways of schools and malls. Drifting by. Searching their own paths.
JUST TELL THEM, PLEASE. TELL THEM.
TO WATCH “FILIPINAS: 1941” AND EVERYTHING WILL TURN OUT FINE AND THEIR DREAMS FOR A LAND OF HOPES AND RAINBOWS WILL BE FOREVER BRIGHT.
Vince Tanada’s masterful performance in “Filipinas: 1941″…. lingers.
(words by robert manuguid silverio)
THANKS TO MS. ALYSSA SMITH & JACKIELYN CASIMIRO FOR THE PICTURES BELOW TAKEN AT SOME SCENES OF THE PLAY: “FILIPINAS: 1941”