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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Commercial Muna!

Tanghalang Ateneo Goes Absurd with “?” Two by Ionesco

Tanghalang Ateneo jumpstarts its 30th Season, Echoes, this July with two modern classics by Eugène Ionesco—Ang Sopranong Kalbo (translated by Rolando S. Tinio) and The Lesson. The double bill of absurd plays, wildly funny on the surface but sinister in its implications, comes together under the name “?” Two by Ionesco.

Ang Sopranong Kalbo introduces “non-characters” who engage in silly banter, storytelling and poetry recitation in attempts to relate with one another. The Lesson is a frustrating attempt by a seemingly harmless professor to teach mathematics and philology to a bright, young girl, an effort that results in violence. Common to both plays is the horror of miscommunication.

“?” showcases the talents of an all-student ensemble. Kalbo has Exzell Macomb and Peanuts Valerio play Mr. and Mrs. Santos while Gelo Brillantes and Ia Solis play the Martins. Regina de Vera portrays the maid, Marie, alongside Mel Pante who portrays the fireman. The Lesson features Mikey Panopio as the Professor, Bea Gulinao as the Pupil and Mon Querubin as the Maid.

Ricardo Abad and BJ Crisostomo co-direct the plays. Set design is by Monica Sebial with Peanuts Valerio and Sam Quizon handling the costume design.

“?” Two by Ionesco runs from July 2 to 5 and 9 to 12 at 7pm, with additional 3pm shows on July 5 and 12 at the Communication Studio of the Ateneo de Manila University. For inquiries, contact Ia Solis at 0916-5415165. For interested teachers, the plays are excellent material for classes in the humanities and the social sciences.


Marcus: Bading Down Under said...

I swear TA had done Ionesco in the past. If only I could remember what those plays were...

joelmcvie said...

@MARCUS: We've done both "Kalbo" and "Lesson" before. In fact, I acted in one of the earlier productions of "Kalbo".

Anonymous said...

hahaha ako rin kasali dati sa sopranong kalbo! i was mr. smith.