July 8, 2010

EQUUS Philippines review

Psychiatrist Martin Dysart meets his most challenging case in a young boy of seventeen who has been charged with the crime of blinding six horses by gouging out their eyes. As the play unravels, one realizes that beneath the surface of the crime lies another dimension of the human psyche more terrifying than what it seems to be.

Repertory Philippines has staged EQUUS for the first time in the Philippines starring Marco Mañalac alternate Red Concepcion playing Alan Strang, the 17-year old boy who blinded the horses. Alan worshiped the horses, a pagan trait that he possesses. Marco Mañalac did very well on this part. i think people would expect as a role played by Daniel Radcliffe in the UK rendition. of course, as what to expect in Repertory plays, minimal but very effective stage design. contour of horses' head are nicely done.

on the other hand, as it was my first time to focus on the story other than the visuals, you would pity Alan Strang's character. he might be very conservative and you might wander what are the factors in his childhood to do such murder. his religious mother and strict father might have suppressed Alan's freedom to mingle with other people and as a result, praised the powerful Equus.

July 9 to July 25, 2010
8:00 PM on Fridays & Saturday
3:30 PM on Saturdays & Sundays

OnStage - 2/F Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati City

Orchestra Center P 600.00
Orchestra Side P 400.00
Balcony P 250.00

EQUUS opens on July 9th at 8PM, and thereafter on the 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th also at 8PM. Matinees at 3:30PM are on July 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25. Venue is Onstage, 2nd floor, at Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City. For ticket inquiries, please call 887-0710 or log on to repertory.ph. directed by Audie Gemora.

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