Laro, Of Love and Lust

(Photo by Ericson Dela Cruz)
 Artist Playground latest production Laro by Floy Quintos, explore the realness of love and lust of gay life, present in an interlocking story one from another, connecting dots to pieces making you realize that particular scene is familiar, maybe it’s your bisexual friend who has that kind of scenario.
Andre Miguel as Callboy in Laro (Ericson Dela Cruz)
Set in a dark mood introduce through a smoking character, black background with dice design as stage props, and lo and behold, men in trunks and in boxers that ends in an orgy finale of all the actors. Vince De Jesus as always is prolific in the last two acts, but it was Andre Miguel who gives us a surprise performance, his very natural and should we say organic theater acting made us love him for his portrayal in this play. We feel that Al Gatmatan is somehow looking tense in his performance, he is shaking a bit actually during the press preview.
Vince De Jesus and Andre Miguel
After watching we try to elaborate what is truly the message of “Laro” trying to convey, yes, we all agreed that it is realistic, it is happening and we all somehow can relate especially if you are an LGBT, it tackles relationship made from lust, love affairs that build in a strong foundation and yet gone wrong. For me Laro is telling you that love needs to wait, maybe you are into relationship now, but like change there is no assurance, yes there is Forever even for gay people, but love is a game that you have to keep on playing until you hit the jackpot, where there are no losers or winner.
Photo by Ericson Dela Cruz
Under the direction of John Mark Yap, with movement design by Jm Cabling, set design by Io Balanon, costume design by Nicolo Perez, lighting design by Miggy Panganiban, sound design by Arvy Dimaculangan, and graphics design by Gian Nicdao. Laro will run on the first two weekends of the Pride Month for 8 shows only: June 1, 2, 8, and 9, with 3 pm and 7 pm on all show dates. It is being staged at Arts Above, Penthouse of West Venue Building (BIR), West Avenue, Quezon City.
Ross Pesigan and Al Gatmaitan
Completing the powerhouse cast are Paul Jake Paule, Phi Palmos of Ang Huling El Bimbo, Gio Gahol, Mike Liwag, MC Dela Cruz, Victor Sy, Ross Pesigan of Rainbow Sunset, Jon Abella, Vincent Pajara, Jonathan Ivan Rivera and Jay Gonzaga. The cast also features the Players of Artist Playground: Aaron Dioquino, Dan Sheneill Solis, Robert Macaraeg, and Christian Silang.
Phi Palmos and Gio Gahol (Ericson Dela Cruz)
“LARO,” is written by Floy Quintos with additional material by Miguel Castro, is an adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s “La Ronde”. Tickets are available at Ticket2Me.net. For more inquiries, contact Ira at 0915-832-9579.

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