Wednesday, November 14, 2007

THE WOODS are Lovely, Dark, and Deep...

"Once upon a time...

there was a cow as white as milk,
a cape as red as blood,
hair as yellow as corn,
and a slipper as pure as gold."

And so begins this musical fairy tale of
Jack and his beanstalk, a Giant's wife,
Little Red Riding Hood, a ravenous Wolf,
Rapunzel, Cinderella, an evil Witch,
& a couple of not-so-charming Princes,

whose Grimm lives intertwine grandly
in a dark re-imagining of our favorite
childhood bedtime stories.

While all the familiar characters are present,
this Tony Award-winning Broadway classic
may not necessarily give you all the
"Happily Ever Afters" you'll wish for.

This isn't the cartoonish, homogenized version
of the tales of the Brothers Grimm.

The Teutonic siblings originally
set about to document European folk tales
passed on as firelight entertainment in the oral tradition,
generation to generation,
from the Middle Ages to the 1800s;

the original stories were more Tarantino than Disney,

rife with vengeful, unforgiving villains,
buffoonish heroes, sexually-repressed heroines,
and lots of blood, violence, and deaths.

You can read the original grim tales here!

Stephen Sondheim's deep and lovely play
stays true to the tales that arose out of
The Dark Ages....

perfect for a
thought-provoking, foot-tapping,
"WTF was that?!?!?!"- chuckle inducing,
night at the theater.

In other words,
if you bring your kids,
you'll have A LOT of explaining to do,
Mom & Dad!!!

The cast assembled by Monique Wilson's New Voice
is a Who's Who of the Philippine Stage,
from Tommy Abuel to Michael Williams,

to the ever youthful Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo,
who still looks as dewy as when she sang
"Sixteen Going On Seventeen" as Liesl
in Repertory Philippines' The Sound of Music;

and Monique's own brother, Jamie,
as a Prince Charming who's more of a cad;
he's now the spitting image of his dad,
former Makati Vice Mayor and legendary kontrabida of FPJ,
the late Johnny Wilson.

runs every Friday and Saturday
until December 8,

and since it's being staged at
The Music Museum,

you can order beers and pulutan
as you watch your fairy tale favorites
lose their innocence and
grow up right before your unbelieving eyes!

09, 16, 23 & 30 Nov and 07 December
10, 17 & 24 November and 01 & 08 December

8pm sharp at The Music Museum,
(and remember to turn off your cellphones,
lest the director turn you into a frog!)

Balcony Php 700
Orchestra Side Php 900
Orchestra Center Php 1200

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