Why this latest Philippine Production
of RENT is quite a disappointment:
1. Most of the cast seemed to have a lisp,
or were eating their words most of the time;
(was it a mic/sound system problem or bad enunciation?)
major major problem for a play
with a lyrically-dense book & music.
2. Barely any hint of actual Sexual Chemistry
among the couples who are the leads in the show;
disappointing for a musical that's all about Lust for Life.
(as my director Bernardo Bernardo would say: "Walang Libog"!)
3. A general lack of energy and verve and sheer joy
among most of the cast;
La Vie Boheme & the showstoppers
turned out to be snoozers,
many actors seemed HIV-lethargic.
4. And you dummies in the audience seated at the 1st row?
When a show starts at 8pm,
be in your effin' seats 5 minutes before,
and don't skulk in like gaddem senators and cabinet secretaries,
A suggestion for the RENT fans
who really love the show's songs?
Imagine that you're just watching a concert,
since there are a lot of good singers in the cast.
Watch it for Nicole Asensio as Mimi Márquez;
enjoy her performance,
but not in the P1,700 seats : )
The show date information's all here:
Our Awesome Planet's Complete Guide to RENT