Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Cervantes’ ‘Don Quixote’



REP REACHES UNREACHABLE STAR



ITS productions of “Fame” and “Little Shop of Horrors” did disappoint me, but Repertory Philippines’ take on “Man of La Mancha” was indeed a blazing mix of artistic genius and theatrical conviction.

Directed by Baby Barredo, the Rep's staging of this Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion’s Broadway musical based on Cervantes classic, “Don Quixote,” was requested by Zenaida Amador, the Rep’s founder and artistic director for 38 years, before her death last year.

Amador (Barredo’s long-time companion) herself was said to have dreamed the impossible dream when she founded Repertory Philippines during the time when having six people in the audience in a given night of performance was already something to be proud of.

The Rep people must have reached the unreachable star, prompting critics to declare “Man of La Mancha” (staged at Greenbelt 1's On Stage, in Makati City) as this year’s best musical.

Crack-brained heroes are indeed an esoteric way to making us lesser mortals happy amid election cheating and wiretapping scandals and rising graft and corruption cases facing the Arroyo administration.

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