History versus Art.
Passion versus Love.
Change versus Heroism.
These are the ‘contradicting’ topics very clearly presented in the musical play “Joe, The Rock’sical” by the Philippine Stagers Foundation. Written and directed by no less than Atty. Vince Tanada (a Carlos Palanca and Aliw Awards awardee), the musical play was such a delight to see.
Every scene of the play counted, and quenched our “overwhelming thirst for the Arts and its soul”. It struck this blogger “dumbfounded”. And made him feel that our Philippine national hero “is still very much alive” – conquering the deepest souls of every young person whom he called “the future of every nation”.
Without the great performances, this musical play could have suffered in vain. But the actors knew so well the writer of the play- the PSF (Phil. Stagers Foundation) man himself- Mr. Tanada. And they delivered what ‘the man’ wanted, what ‘the man’ challenged them to become and what ‘the man’ worked hard for and researched fully to be able to present something real and precise about the life of Dr. Jose Rizal.
Mr. Vince Tanada was not just a mentor to the actors who all performed – he’s their ONLY FRIEND. Someone who understood their passions and their dedications- their love and desire to do something good within their lives…
And again we say, the actors DELIVERED. Their body movements and the ‘blockings’ were something that this blogger haven’t seen yet in years of watching live stage performances. It was so accurate, so correct.
These group of new and fresh crop of stage performers were simply UNBELIEVABLE! I bow my head to ‘the man’…
But it was ‘the man’ himself also- yes, Mr. Vince T., who acted the most awesome! And the character he portrayed was the most powerful character of all- that of a writer-director-passionate man who wanted to show the other side of Rizal’s life, rather than compromise with the research and historical books.
MR. VINCE TANADA WAS SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!
In his eyes, you could see much pain when he accidentally saw his researcher-wife kissing another man as they were in the middle of a pre-production project about Dr. Jose Rizal.
In one great crying scene, together with the other cast of the rock’sical play, Vince was almost in a crying breakdown and you’d really cry alongside with him. It was an unforgettable scene, truly wonderful…
JM Encinas who portrayed the character of ‘Hunter’ (another PSF actor was alternating with him in this role) ranked the second best for this blogger. JM didn’t only looked so dashing onstage, but he got that kind of depth every stage actor must have. And portraying a rebel character who was ‘handpicked’ to provide the musical score on the ‘Rizal project’ was somewhat hard to mix-in, but JM’s good performance overturned the confusion and his character on the play became the most-loved character in the end, almost overlapping Mr. Tanada’s ‘Joecaz’ role.
Mr. Jordan Ladra, our favorite PSF actor, provided the “kilig” factor in this play. He portrayed the sexy character of Bimbo and even appeared onstage clad in a bath towel only. Oh, myyyyy!!! It was tantalizing!
Patrick Libao as Dr. Jose Rizal was so unique in his performance. Absolutely funny sometimes, dignifying, though, in most of his scenes as Rizal-costumed small man. Mr. Libao had this kind of charm onstage … it was his body movements and great enigmatic appeal that “dumbfounded” this blogger.
Child theater actor Gabby Bautista was so lovable!!! His acting style was so cute! And he could easily cry, tears always gathered in his eyes in some moving scenes of the play. We must say, this child actor is a GEM!
And the rest of the performers were all fine! One note, though, I always wonder why PSF female performers always suffer in vain with the male performers. Again, in this closing performance presentation of the play at the SM north Edsa Cinema 9, wherein a very distinguished keynote speaker delivered a speech, the female actors were less at par with the male actors, though we felt, they did their very best. This blogger wanted more out of the female actors, but somehow lacking…
“Hey, Joe”, this blogger said to an unseen ‘wind’.
Joe was the very soul of every Filipino, it’s nice to greet him once in a while on stage performances like this one.
It’s nice to remember him back, cherish his colorful life, and embrace his undying love for his native country.
Joe, or to name him fully, Dr. Jose Rizal, will stay on. Amidst the change, amidst the questions and the retractions, and amidst the renewal of every young person’s mind and spirit.
Yes, Dr. Jose Rizal lives.
(words by robert manuguid silverio)
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