“marka”: isang kamarka-markadong dula para sa psf annual theater fest

 

GALIT. Ito nga ba ay isang negatibong damdamin o isang ekspresyon ng patuloy na pakikipaglaban?

GALIT. Ito nga ba ay nakamamatay o nagsisilbing taga-udyok ng katotohanan?

GALIT. Ito nga ba ay sanhi ng karupukan o ng pagiging isang matibay na nilalang?

GALIT.

Iyan ang pinaka-buod ng dulang “Marka”, isa sa mga competing plays this year para sa annual theater festival ng Philippine Stagers Foundation. At malaki ang pag-asa ng dulang ito na maging Best Featured Play sa taong ito dahil sa kakaiba nitong tema, eksperimento at atake.

Nuong itinanghal ito last April 23, 2016 sa PSF Studio, may mga hindi naging magandang mga komento ang tatlong huradong sina Franniel Zamora, Peter Flores at Ronaldo C. Carballo. Pero para sa blogger na ito, mali silang tatlo. Dahil ang dulang “Marka” ang siyang nagbigay ng “all-out satisfaction” para sa amin.

At bakit?

Dahil ito ang totoo, ito ang reyalidad na nakikita mo sa buhay, at ito ang buong tapang na tumalakay sa natatagong mga lihim ng bawat taong “nagugumon sa sex”.

Dapat magalit ang isang tao para magising at mamulat sa katotohanan ang mga taong nanloloko at umaapi sa kanila.

Dapat magalit ang isang tao dahil sa pang-aabuso sa sex na ginawa nito sa kanya magmula nuong siya ay bata pa lamang.

Dapat lalong magalit ang isang taong MALINIS at nakasuot ng kulay-puting damit dahil siya ang laging pinupunasan ng dumi at “marka” ng kapwa-tao niya.

Sa nabanggit na dula, gustong-gusto namin ang eksena na iyon ng isa sa pinaka-paborito naming PSF actor na si JV Cruz- ‘Yung eksenang pinunasan siya ng santambak na pintura at sari-saring mga kulay ng kapwa niya may mga sakit din na AIDS.

Kitang-kita sa emosyon ng mukha ni JV ang galit, dahil siya ay malinis naman pero nabansagang MARUMI.

Maganda rin ang damdaming naramdaman namin dahil parang kasama kami sa mga taong iyon na nasa “life-support group”, na maski ba hindi kami AIDS-stricken person, ‘yung damdamin na mapabilang ka sa mga taong marunong lumaban at “mag-express” ng sarili nila- sapat na iyon para lumigaya ka.

Dahil ang naging atake ng direktor ng dulang ito- na walang iba kundi si Vince Tanada, kabilang ang audience sa mga taong iyon na nile-lektyuran ng isang respetadong doktora (mahusay namang ginampanan ni Rutchell Leonor) ukol sa AIDS.

Nang biglang tumayo sa likuran namin si JV Cruz na kasama mismo sa audience at kasama rin sa dula. Nagsalita siya. Lumaban. Nagtanong. Napakagandang eksena.

Sumulpot rin ang karakter ni Marina Esperrida mula sa audience area. Nagtalo sila ni JV. Isang napakatalinong diskusyon sa AIDS ang narinig ng lahat.

Sina JV at Marina, magkaibang-magkaiba ang estilo ng pagganap, pero parehong epektibo. Si JV, kalmado pero mainit at puno ng “passion”. Si Marina, maihahambing mo siya sa beteranang aktres na si Vilma Santos dahil magalaw ang estilo niya at “over-powering”.

Ang pagkakasulat ni Bryan Galvez (ang playwright) sa dulang ito ay tila napaka-personal. Tila baga hindi pa siya nakaka-rekober sa isang personal na trahedya ng buhay niya at naroroon pa rin ang GALIT sa kalooban niya. Sa pagsisimula kasi ng dula, naikuwento ni Bryan sa harap ng audience na nagkaroon siya ng isang malapit na kaibigan na namatay na sa sakit na AIDS. Naging very painful ito sa kanya, pero niliwanag ni Bryan na siya ay AIDS-NEGATIVE. (Hay, salamat naman—ssssip*)-,  and no wonder, dahil sa masakit na pagkawala ng kaibigan ni Bryan sa totoong buhay, all throughout the play ay galit na galit ang lahat ng characters,- pero nai-“express” naman nila ang bawat sarili nila sa mundo. Kaya naman, PANALO pa rin sila…. AT, SILA ANG MGA “MARKA”.

Sa buhay ng tao, may mga bagay na nananatili. May mga bagay na nagbabadyang magbalik. Pero tatakasan mo pa rin ba ang KATOTOHANAN?

Ang partisipasyon ng comebacking PSF actor na si Jayson Bulanghagui sa dulang ito ang pinakamasarap at pinakamagandang sangkap ng dula. Dahil siya ‘yung rock star na hindi pa rin mahanap ang lunas para sa sakit niya. Basta ang alam lamang niya, biktima lamang siya ng isang mapait na “pang-aabuso” sa kanya nuong siya ay bata pa.

‘Yung eksenang kumakanta si Jayson habang hawak-hawak niya ang mikropono at nakaluhod naman sa harapan niya ang isang babaeng sumusubo sa kanyang ‘ari”, isa itong napakatalinong paglalahad na maski anupaman ang estado mo sa buhay- ikaw ay BIKTIMA pa rin ng mga sirkumstansya.

Napakagaling ni Jayson sa dulang ito. Isang pagganap na hindi namin malilimutan….

HABAMBUHAY.

 

(sinulat ni robert manuguid silverio)

jayson bulanghagui
jayson bulanghagui
jayson
jayson
Jv Cruz
Jv Cruz
Marina Esperrida
Marina Esperrida
BRYAN GALVEZ (writer of the play "marka")
BRYAN GALVEZ (writer of the play “marka”)
VINCE TANADA, director of the play "Marka"
VINCE TANADA, director of the play “Marka”

“gigi-erah”: a bondage of friendship that lasted forevermore (a theater review for one of the competing plays this year at psf annual theater festival)…

People will always be people. They leave, they stay, they come back. Sometimes, they remember and for the few, they won’t forget at all. A single act of friendship could cost them their lives and live a dream of FOREVERMORE.

IT IS BECAUSE FOR THE FEW WHO DIDN’T REALLY FORGET, LIFE WON’T BE THE KIND OF LIFE THEY DREAMED WITHOUT THE PRESENCE OF ONE SINGLE PERSON WHO VALUED THEM MOST OF ALL.

And here’s one case of a boy turned into a girl. Her name is Gigi, a Balikbayan who spent her years abroad to change her gender and try to become the most beautiful woman in the world- for the eyes of the only man she LOVED.

And that man was her very own best friend when they were still little kids, or rather, “boys”. The man she loved turned out be straight all-along, and when they were still kids, this man gave her a ring as a bondage of their friendship.

And after that, the rest was HISTORY. We won’t reveal anything more. Because the one-act play- “Gigi-erah”, written by De’Rotsen Etolle and one of the competing plays this year for PSF’s Annual Theater Festival, sounded like a play that’s written in Eternity and you would not want to know it’s real ending.

Fabulously written and superbly directed by no less than Vince Tanada, this play was almost as real as the cast who portrayed the three sole characters of the play. Oj Bacor as Gigi, the transexual girl with a mysterious past, Poul Garcia as the man that Gigi loved and Bryan Galvez as the man’s “best friend”.

It was almost them you’re looking at, the characters they portrayed evolved lives within their very souls and beings. You could almost feel them, hug them, lick them- right then and there at the PSF Studio in Balic-Balic, Sampaloc wherein the play was held. The characterizations they gave did able to fit-in into the hole of a needle perfectly.

There’s so much class and poise with the way Oj Bacor attacked her character. She’s so beautiful inside and out. And that highlight scene when she revealed her true identity to the man she loved- was, indeed, the most climactic scene a blogger had ever seen in all the stage plays he had watched.

Oj applied the technique of the famous acting teacher-Eric Morris, in most of her scenes- “No Acting, Please”. And that’s why it was really her you were seeing- especially that pretty delicious torrid kissing scene between her and Poul Garcia that looked like it was Anne Curtis and Alden Richards that were kissing each other.

“You breathed a life into your character, Poul”, exclaimed one of the judges for this year’s theater fest- in person of Mr. Peter Serrano to Poul Garcia, the actor. “You are such a rare actor, Poul. I congratulate you.”

And we did agree when Mr. Serrano said that to Poul. His delivery, his manner of speaking and his consistency all throughout the play was an acting method no one could ever copy. 

Meanwhile, the ‘third actor” in person of Bryan Galvez, blended-in so well with the great acting skills of Oj and Poul. He didn’t try to steal scenes away from them, but preferred to be low-key yet efficient.

And on stage, he is as handsome as Poul.

 

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Can love ever be measured? In minutes, in degrees or in inches?

Not much, we say.

Love is an eternal feeling that everybody experiences once or twice in his/her lifetime.

But for the case of one Gigi-Erah, she did make an effort of making LOVE win. But failed.

Because people could easily remember,

 

as much as they can easily FORGET.

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

(ps.: vid above of Michael Pangilinan’s Abs-Cbn Music’s “Pare, Mahal daw Ako?’, not related to the play “Gigi-Erah”. This blogger simply attached the vid for “artistic purposes”. Thank you.— sssip*).

OJ
OJ
POUL
POUL
BRYAN
BRYAN