Last Friday, February 27, 2009, I and Eena were able to catch Layeta Bucoy’s EL LEGIENDO DEL CARNE at Brebeuf Gym, Ateneo de Zamboanga University Main Campus around 7:30pm. The play was participated by selected Mass Communication students and it was directed by Kiko Miranda (not the vocalist of the band Parokya ni Edgar).
The play would have been better if they had a good sound system to start with. The microphones of the main characters were not working very well. Because of this, dialogues were too loud at one point and at some point you cannot hear what the casts were saying. The voice of the narrator also is not very clear. You have to make an effort in order for you to understand what the heck the narrator is talking about.
The idea of making use of the floor instead of the stage as their ‘stage’ is good. If they used the actual stage, audience from the bleachers would have to twist their body a little in order to face the stage. But with the play’s setup, the possibility of straining the audiences’ neck would be low since they are all facing up front. But if you are seated on odd zones on the bleachers were your viewpoint is hindered by the posts, then too bad for you.
The actors were all good. From the main characters down to the tao. But those with dialogues should improve the delivery of their lines ( e.g. diction). Although this is understandable considering Chavacanos are not good in speaking Tagalog. Avoid also putting intonation in their lines – Batang Walang Silbi especially. It’s irritating.
Finally, something is lacking with the conclusion of the play. Emphasis wasn’t given on the growing plant! Isn’t that supposed to be the climax?! They should have put off the lights then the spot light directed to the growing plant! Or something like that.