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So good, I wathced it twice: Teatro Komunikado’s DELIRYO #TK15thAnniversay

I don’t know how to give a review without giving out spoilers. Though I the chances for a re-run is quite unsure for me, I’ll still keep my mouth shut.

One of the most exciting things about this play is that no one knows what it’s about. Every time I ask a member, they say the same thing; “Mental illness.” That’s all.

We never overhear them rehearsing, we don’t see them practicing their blocking, we didn’t see a prop lying around int he campus. Everything about this project is a secret until A. the day they released the publicity materials and B. the day of the show.

When I came inside the theater, the set up was simple as hell. So I don’t really know what to expect.

First five minutes and BAM! A lot of “Aaaah!”s can be heard from most of the audience. Little did we know that’s not even the half of it. As the plot thickens and emotions gets hyped, we grip tighter to our seats, rooting for Karlo (protagonist(?)) and his… friends.

I’m not kidding or overreacting when I say this; by the end of the play I literally have said “What the fuck” so many times that the girl beside me must be bothered by it. But she didn’t because she gets me.

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I like the first run better than the second. Though they’re both really good, I just think that some of the actors from the first one was better in portraying their characters. Sepcially, Ofelia, Osang, and Agatha.

The second run was good. Specially the tech (first run had problems witht he mic). And I love how the alternates made their own version of the character. So I didn’t feel like I’m watching a replay of the play, same story, different attack of the actors.

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One touch I really liked was the lights! I loooooove how they incorporated the lights with the characters. And the cue-ing of the changes are flawless. Paired with the music perfectly shifting as the characters enters and exits the stage, they make the vibe of the entire play a character itself that really helped in telling the story.

Hands down to Karlo and Theresa, amazing actors! The best I’ve seen from TK so far. Sad that they’re alumni, I want to see more of them!

All in all, it was one hell of a show and is really worth the hype! 8.5/10

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Daluyong by PUP SINAGBAYAN

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Tonight, I watched a play under the stars.

It was my first time to see a play where the audience are facing each other and the stage is in the middle. I must say, it was a really good first.

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A friend of mine, Bianca (Susan in the play), invited me telling me that the story line is good. She’s wrong, because IT’S REALLY FRICKING GOOD.

The play is set in the fictional town of Dinaanan. Lando, male protagonist, went back to visit his dad before going back outside the country to work. In his visit down memory lane, he discovers the devastating things that happened to his town. Two words: storm.surge. Really strong storm surge that made the entire place homeless and jobless.

It also dabbles on the idea of the government’s incompetency to help the victims of the storm; on how they choose to build private resorts thank give them the sea for fishery; on how they never listen to the people’s needs.

It’s a really rich story brought to life with amazing actors. You don’t know how good they played their character until you’ve seen the play. And the shifting of emotions? Ohohohoho, that one scene. THAT ONE SCENE!

Also, keep an eye out for the names, might ring a bell. *winks*

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One thing that added to the factor on why the “double-sided” audience is amazing is on how the stage manager made the house their entire stage. And incorporated on how they can make the play interactive.

Here’s an example.

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They’re on a boat and someone jumped off board. He went our the right side of the stage and went behind the audience to make it look like that’s what the actors on stage are seeing. To make it more realistic, one girl on stage turned a flashlight on to point it to the man who jumped off board. And as you can see on the photo, a flashlight is indeed, pointed at them. GENIUS.

The entire house was alive! Not a boring second. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and next thing you know, you’re part of the play.

That’s not the only way they used the space (and audience) very creatively. You just have to see the play to know what I’m talking about. *whispers* TIP: if you want to be somehow part of the play, sit in front.

It’s a really, really good show in so many aspects. Actors, story, set, and everything in between is amazing.

Daluyong brought me both entertainment that touched my heart and awareness the two years after Haiyan, people are still crippled. It made me feel things, while giving me a good time. They did a really good job.

There are still shows on Marach 2-5, 6:30PM!! This will be the last week of the play and it is imperative that you see it. Tickets are available at the door only for 50PhP! I swear if I don’t have classes on those days, I’d watch it again.

FUN FACT: I ditched may last class just to watch this. No regrets.