We are fans of the theater scene in Manila, so, to kick off the 2010 theater season, we watched the first romantic comedy by Repertory Philippines called Duets. It forces you to reflect on your own relationships in life, especially those with “hang-ups” in different sets of relationships.
The coolest thing about it is watching respected theater veterans Joy Virata and Miguel Faustmann transform from one set of characters into the next — from lovers on a blind date, to a gay guy and his hopelessly-in-love assistant, to a divorcing couple on their last holiday together and, finally, a brother and his sister, who is getting married for the third time. The audience literally sees their physical transformation when they change costumes inside their see-through dressing room.
Most of the scenes were hilariously funny except for the first set of characters because they were a bit boring (or maybe we just couldn’t relate). Our favorite was the gay vignette where Miguel Faustmann was amazing. The most shocking scene was…I think I’ll leave that as a surprise. 🙂
DUETS Synopsis (source: Repertory Philippines)
A GLORIOUSLY FUNNY EXAMINATION OF LOVE, RELATIONSHIPS AND WHY THE GRASS IS NEVER GREENER.
A Philippine Premiere of a New Romantic Comedy by the author of GLORIOUS!
Four sets of characters, four crucial moments; Jonathan and Wendy are on a blind date and hope their bad taste is only in their clothing and not in a prospective partner;
Barrie is gay and Janet wishes he wasn’t;
Shelley and Bobby are divorcing on a holiday but drunk on emotion;
Angela is about to marry for the third time and her brother Toby hates the dress, the groom, the party and only wants the best for her—really.
All played by two actors in a fast, furious and hilarious tribute to humankind. If you like Neil Simon, you’ll love this!
Duets is four vignettes performed by two actors that explores the lighter side of romance and relationships. Theatrically brilliant, Duets is created for the audience to witness the magic of theater as actors perform costume changes onstage as the scenery shifts to the next story — all written as part of the performance.
|Duets (Show Dates/Time)|
|January 15 – 31, 2010|
|8:00 PM on Fridays & Saturday
3:30 PM on Saturdays & Sundays
|2/F Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati City|
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P.S. You can still catch Duets on its last 5 shows this coming weekend at OnStage, Greenbelt 1.
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You have got two photographs of “Bride To Be” instead of one from each of the four plays.