No. This is not a story of three boys and their adventures.
Sometimes, it’s nice to watch a play or a show without a glimpse of information so that your expectations are put on hold. That’s my experience last Thursday with Antipara Collaborative’s Si Edgar, si Allan at si Art.
The production showcases three versions of horror tales from Arthur Miller, Edgar Allan Poe, Jean-Paul Sartre and William Golding-all done a la Philippine Cinema’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll” franchise.
Si Edgar, si Allan at si Art follows video editors Eric and Boy who stayed up late to complete the production house’s latest video campaign, “Kuba-O!” which is a story that talks about the origin of witches or mangkukulam in the Philippines during the 1600s (ARTHUR MILLER’s “THE CRUCIBLE). Amidst editing, Boy finds himself meditating on the meanings of what true horror is in real-life through his recent experiences in life during his past employer, an old aristocrat, who he accidentally killed due because of highly intensified senses (EDGAR ALLAN POE’s “THE TELL-TALE HEART”). Upon his confession, Eric chooses to take everything as a joke and leaves the office early only to find himself locked inside a big white room together with six other people that he doesn’t know (JEAN-PAUL SARTRE’s “NO EXIT” and WILLIAM GOLDING’s “LORD OF THE FLIES”).
The play’s string of events will transport you from a spell-craft scene to a heart-pumping mystery, and bloody mindfuck episode.
Si Edgar, si Allan at si Art features veteran stage actors like Peewee O’Hara and May Bayot with Natasha Cabrera, for Kuba-O; Kenneth Mangurit, Julio Garcia, Nel Estuya and JJ Mandac for Walang Hiyang Tibok; Denise Castillo, Harry David, Denise Nayve and Kev Vitug for Yanggaw.
The play is part of Fringe Manila 2017 and now on its second run at Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall, Maybank Performing Arts Center in BGC from March 3 (7pm) and March 4 (10am, 3pm, and 7pm). For tickets, you may contact Ticketworld at 891-9999.