Autotelic lets go of its painful past with hopeful new single ‘Iwan’

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When Filipino pop-rock bands in the early 2010s started to gain mainstream prominence, Autotelic emerged as one of the movement’s leading voices. From churning heartfelt anthems that reflect the sentiments and triumphs of the current generation to rocking the stage with unforgettable performances, the six-piece band sets the standards of what modern pop songcraft is all about: beautifully resonant at its most melancholic, and defenseless in its poignant honesty. Fast forward to 2021, Autotelic’s music still hits home. Their work has been consistent in eloquently expressing the woes and rewards of being young, in love and emotionally wrecked, and is informed not so much by its time, but by timelessness and enduring appeal. These qualities are inevitably present on “Iwan,” Autotelic’s new single released under MCA Music Inc. Teeming with earnestness and indelible pop sensibilities, Autotelic’s latest track sticks to the quivering fragility that often permeates their material. But this ti

The charm of The Pillowman. Theater Review.


Egg Theater Company stages the dark comedy The Pillowman at the Pineapple Lab, translated in Filipino and directed by George de Jesus III. The play is originally written by Martin McDonagh.
Set in an unidentified totalitarian state, fiction writer Katurian is interrogated by the police with the similarities of child murders in their town and his macabre stories. Katurian draws inspiration for his writing from his dark past, killing his parents for torturing his mentally ill brother. He does everything he can to save his works. His younger brother Michal is also grilled for admitting the numerous incidents of child killings.

This is supposed to be a comedy. As some parts of the play may make you laugh, most of it will make you disturbed and breathless. This is the effect of the masterful acting of the cast. Gabs Santos plays Katurian while Paul Jake Paule and Paolo O’Hara alternate for the younger brother Michal. The investigator Tupolski is effortlessly done by Renante Bustmante who is joined by Ariel, the police played by Acey Aguilar.

The Pillowman is far from being charming. Imagine, a child’s toes in a box.  Fiction is usually written with inspiration from the darkest moments of life and draws imagination for the ones who dare to read it. The play echoes the subject of dictatorship, freedom of expression and its implications in the society.
The play will run from April 8-10 and 22-24, 2016, 8:00 PM at Pineapple Lab, 6071 R. Palma Street, Poblacion, Makati City.

For tickets and inquiries, visit Egg Theater Company’s FB Page or contact 0917-844-0520.
Verdict: A-. DISTURBING.

Words by Aga Posadas

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