Monday, November 13, 2006

Pyramus & Thisby

Jehan Aloysius and Centerstage Productions has done it again with their version of Pyramus & Thisby, with a local touch. Midsummer nights dream as you’ve never seen before. As expected from these guys, it was a different experience.

I was a bit worried when I heard it was going to be an open air event, with our lovely weather being what it is. But the rain gods must be theater buffs too coz the weather held up (for the first night anyway). The play area was the St. Josephs College quadrangle, centered around a huge tree (…now don’t’ ask me what kind). The whole outdoor setting gave an added punch to the play. I personally don’t think it would have been this good in an indoor setting. Anyway who wants to be stuck inside a stuffy old theater?

The acting was of course great. There was a lot of dancing and acrobatics involved and they pulled everything off excellently. Great choreography too. The use of traditional drummers, mask dancers and fire eaters helped to make it more colorful.

All in all it was good stuff. Its adaptation into the local setting was excellent; you almost forget it’s a western classic. And best of all it was funny…

So hats off to Jehan and the gang for a night of unforgettable entertainment.


1 comment:

Ariel said...

I'd just like to say that having gone for Jehan's "A Midsummer Nights Dream" yesterday at the British Council (outdoors yet again), I must admit, the man made me believe in theatre again. Truly fantastic. The choreography, attention to detail and the fact that he was able to capture the moods of each an every moment so perfectly was wonderful. It was innovative and the praise given is well deserved..Loved it all the way :)