|Ned and Felix. (Guingona and Fabregas)|
It is one of the most powerful yet touching performance I’ve watched so far this year, the Manila version of The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer set the standard in terms of how acting should be done in a local theater, like here in the Philippines.
Set in New York in 1981, where AIDS was nowhere to be identified nor want to be discussed, the theme is so timing for Manila where cases of HIV is detected by 22 person per day as per data presented in the play. The story of Ned forming an activist group for people affected by this diseases, and his personal triumph over a lover infected by this uncured illness, and his personal dilemma of how to face the future along with his family, this bring me more personal questions in my own personal life, and yes it scare me.
Bart Guingona who act as Ned and direct the play, deliver an outstanding performance, he let me understand the world beyond this kind of social issue that majority in media ignore to discuss, I must salute Topper Fabregas and Roselyn Perez as well as Richard Cunanan who act very natural, even Jef Flores who did a lot of mini bit roles really shine as well. Tj Trinidad also gives justice to his support role as Bruce.
The Normal Heart is produced by Actor’s Actor’s, Inc and The Necessary Theatre, they had a run from July 3, 4 and 5, 2015 at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater in RCBC Plaza in Makati City.
I hope they could do a second run for this play, it is educational, informative and must see for everyone.
|The Cast of The Normal Heart (Manila)|