“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

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