Yes yes! I’m still not done with this. For those who are not familiar, Virgin Labfest is an annual festival of local untested plays held at CCP. It has four sets. IN each set, you will be rewarded with three awesome plays with variety of themes. To read my reviews with other sets, here it is, Set D and Set C.
Synopsis:It’s a dreaded reunion between a man and a woman who had anonymous sex two years ago. The man appears at a time the woman is in a relationship. He wants to extort some money from the woman or else he will destroy her by showing a video of their sexual act. The truth is out and puts the current relationship to a test, meanwhile interrogating our own discomfort about this level of sexuality among women.
Spoiler Alert: The couple framed the extortionist by accusing that he stole the supposed to be engagement ring. The lover learned the truth about their past relationship and although he helped the girl to prevent the spreading of the sex video, he left her at the end.
Review:This one has an interesting premise. Sadly it did not leave up to my expectations. The first problem was the extortionist has a small voice. We couldn’t hear him. We only understood whats happening by watching the girl react to what she was saying. Flow of the story… It is kind of scattered and messy. The only redeemable factor here is the leading lady’s performance.
*At set of Anonymous
Sa Isang Hindi Natatanging Umaga, at ang Ulap ay Dahan-Dahang Pumaibabaw sa Nabubulok na Lungsod.
Synopsis: Meg and AJ meet in the most typical friendly lunch at work. Five years afterwards, Meg visits AJ’s house on his 40th birthday – a date he had once said would be the day he’ll kill himself. In the short and nostalgic “birthday celebration,” the ghost of a brief but ultimately dead love story awkwardly looms above them.
Spoiler Alert:AJ did not commit suicide in his 4oth birthday and actually he told Meg that he’s just joking. But what he wanted to right now was to work abroad and left their past behind. They talked about their short relationship and even its over and llicit on top of that, they truly cared for each other. Meg asked him if it saddened him when she left, AJ said that he is sad by default anyway. Meg went back to her miserable marriage life. She looked at the window and stared at the gloomy clouds, realizing she let go of her happiness.
Review:Sad. This play is sad. While the pairing here is about an illicit relationship, I can’t help but to root for them. Especially to the awkward lonesome big guy named AJ. I actually believe he wanted to die on his 40th birthday. He looks intimidating at first but at the end because of his antics he seem to be a giant teddy bear. The actors performance made this play endearing. Overall I like this play and actually had a special spot on my heart.
The Actors and the set of Sa Isang Hindi Natatanging Umaga ….
SA PAGITAN NG DALAWANG KAHONG LIHAM
Synopsis:Not wanting to be left alone by his long-time lover Cards, successful actor Tart reminds Cards of their tempestuous yet romance-filled relationship by reading the letters Cards sent him. To justify their separation, Cards fires back at Tart by reading the letters Tart wrote him. As they consume each other’s box of letters, the history of their love affair flashes back with the intermittent singing of Julie Andrew’s “Time is My Friend.” But even as they traverse the romantic rope tying their two boxes of letters, they eventually learn that in matters of the heart, perhaps love is never enough.
Spoiler Alert: Cards decided to really leave Tart even though he loves him very much. Tart finally let go and let him leave. But when he was finally left alone, he slashed his neck.
Review:This is the most heavy drama this year. While their way of fighting is unique, I think it went overboard and bore me a little bit. The actors are really great and you can feel the desperation atmosphere in them. They showed love each other. Their kisses are even real. (The fujoshi in me rises.) I am for Cards decision to break the relationship. Their relationship is really toxic.