#TheaterPH - Lagablab Retrospective

Sharing you points I like about Artist Playground's newest offering Lagablab.

1. Stage Design

Lagablab is set in Bulacan during the Japanese occupation. The story revolves around the desolation of a Filipino family who was forced by the cruel realities of war to make difficult choices of either painfully surrendering their dignity in exchange of security or bravely fighting for their name and worthiness to a detrimental end. Artist Playground took the challenge to staged it in a small place in a condo unit, Landsdale Tower in Quezon City which they called Little Room Upstairs, and pulled off a bahay kubo. Having a small space can really be a challenge but the artistic team execute it very well. The room can host up to more or less 7 characters on stage and 30 seats for the audience. This will surely give theater goers an intimate experience.

2. The Cast

Artist Playground makes sure that each character will be portrayed at its best. During the press preview, Chayong was played by Jhaeka Madronio and Hirohito by Manu Gallardo San Pedro. Sheryll Villamor Ceasico steals the spotlight at times as she portrayed the character of Pilang, Chayong's mother, who's desperately wants to have a better life outside the poor life she has grown up to. 

With the guidance from Paul Jake Paule, as the director of Lagablab, he lets the artists take their own attack on the character based on how they internalize everything which gives them the liberty to create their own identity. I commend this strategy as they are giving artists more opportunity to explore, recreate and discover their individuality on and off stage.

3. The Story

Artist Playground remains to give theater goers interesting material that will surely reconnects them may it be to past or present creating an intelligent discourse during and after the play. They always make it a point to stage an hour at most for every material they are choosing. The reason is for the audience to have more time to appreciate, discuss and even digest what has been presented to them. Lagablab as an inspired material from a short story written by British writer W. Somerset Maugham entitled “The Unconquered” encourages you to be curious on what life has to offer having a battle between oneself and what society dictates. Watch out for the ending!

Lagablab will run every 7pm of Fridays, 3pm and 7pm of Saturdays and Sundays, from September 23 to October 30. You may get your tickets via Artist Playground's Facebook Page or contact 0926-932-3179.

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