theater review: mama monchang’s (a satire that feels like it’s sisterhood)…


Never mind the spanks… nor the high brows… the yells and the snubs…

The six pretty “characters” of the one-act play Mama Monchang’s (a competing play for this year’s Annual PSF Theater Festival),  were all glorious, sexy, daring and humane. As their lives somehow reflected the political candidates for this year’s National Elections, we could say by now that the writer of this play- no less than Mr. JP Lopez (who also portrayed the title role- Mama Monchang), has achieved something unique, reasonable and entertaining.

Mixed-in with real live music and great singing from all the characters, watching Mama Monchang’s was like, watching a fountain that splashes the innermost beings of your soul. It’s so refreshing to realize some things anew…. remember back the beauty of being gay…. and the happiness of loving a younger man. Or, maybe, embracing back your “sisters” which you somehow sacrificed to be with as you grew older with life.

JP Lopez was perfect as Mama Monchang. He acted so mature (JP is one of the youngest Stagers), blended-in well with the beauty and poise of the five other transsexuals and characters of the play. JP has got this sensitivity as a performing artist, because he could transform, he could adapt… he could embrace…

Among the six transsexuals, it was Art Gabrentina who stood-out with his naturalness in acting style, perfect timing and good comedy antics. He’s so pleasant to look-upon on stage.

OJ Bacor characterized a “promdi” (from the province ‘lass’) character and she was so impressive.

De’Rotsen Etolle, as the aging transsexual looked so queenly and respectful, fragile but affectionate.

Jayjay Praxides as the family-troubled gay, was relaxed and efficient.

And Gerald Magallanes as the “horny” gay was unassuming, truthful and ‘kinky’.

Vince Tanada’s direction style for this one-act play was simply light, funny and spontaneous. He remained truthful to the flow of the play and achieved a more worthy delivery.

Some time in our lives, we all have pains, we all have sorrows… But if we are wise, we know that there is ALWAYS TOMORROW.

The satire could have represented our own misgivings, too, not just the evil-doings of the political candidates…

But in the end, united we stand, divided we fall.

The lesson of the play Mama Monchang’s was clear.

And it’s the truth that we’re all still Filipinos-

AFTER ALL.

 

(WORDS BY ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO)

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