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If He Doesn’t See Your Face. Theater review

Love is a many splendored thing, we all agreed to that, it really moves in many mysterious ways, but what if the love you have, faces a lot of obstacle, a lot of trials and disappointments, yet here you are still fighting because you know ever since that its love, that worth living for.

Ateneo De Manila’s Arete along with Japan Foundation production of “If He Doesn’t See Your Face” is a situational love story composed of many why, a couple sharing many things in between glass window because the other one is in jail, but there is no hindrance to continue their story probing that love is immortal in their quest to be together again.
If he Doesn’t See Your Face by playwright Sozue Toshiro explore how a relationship tested in a way one is guilty, yes guilty for a crime of stealing, while the other is trying to survive a family and understanding why her partner is doing such thing.

Under the direction of Ricardo Abad, this Japanese play is more on conversation type of play, exchange of question and answer that leads deeper to a more personal reason why things happen, the minimal and simple set design is compose of a lot imagination, pretending it’s a glass, pretending it’s a house and pretending it’s a prison cell, and Its all impressive.
I salute the two lead actors, Delphine Buencamino as Yasuyo and Brian Sy as Tatsuya, its all kilometric lines to deliver and they did it very well, since this is a Japanese play I expect it somehow they will acted and look like real Japanese actors maybe because of the mood settings of the play, all Japanese commercials and music, but making it on their own style is a good move and its effective in conveying the hard to get message.

Maybe one of a serious play to watch for 2019, it will give you questions too after watching, what if I’m in that situation, how do we face tomorrow, and why these things keep coming even though you give your all, am I not enough? Those questions linger in our mind if time comes we don’t see his face no more.
If He Doesn’t See Your Face is being stage at the Doreen Black Box of Arete inside Ateneo De Manila University campus, dates are August 2 and 3 at 8 in the evening, and August 4 at 3 in the afternoon. Tickets is available thru Ticket2Me or you may call Arete Box Office +632.426.6001 local.5391. Prices bare P400 (base price) P320 Senior citizen and PWD, and P250 for LS students and employees. 

Comments

Ricky Abad said…
Thank you, Evo and Grace! may I send your comments to the playwright? He will very much appreciate your review.
Best!
Palawanderer said…
Hi Tito Ricky hope u remember in PSF before, sure go ahead po thanks and congrats. Evo
Ricky Abad said…
Just saw your reply. You worked in PSF before? With THE Aurora Silayan-Go?
Ricky Abad said…
Oh, may I have a copy of the last photo without the banner on the top right corner? Do I credit you or someone else for the picture if I ever post it?

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