NEWS: The Dresser is a passionate homage to theater

The Dresser

For the third play of its 2019 season, Repertory Philippines takes audiences behind-the-scenes of the theater, exposing its vivid inner workings and hidden secrets. Running from May 3 to 26 at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, The Dresser is drama at its finest, bringing together brilliant writing, directing, and acting to tell a story about devoting your entire life to your craft.

Two legendary theater veterans, Teroy Guzman and Audie Gemora, join forces in The Dresser.

REP’s production of The Dresser will star none other than legendary veterans Audie Gemora and Teroy Guzman. These two thespians’ experience with Shakespeare make them ideal fits for the layered script, which celebrates classical theater. Sitting in the director’s chair is Loy Arcenas, whose movie musical Ang Larawan, an adaptation of Nick Joaquin’s A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, won Best Picture at the 43rd Metro Manila Film Festival.

A critically acclaimed British play that has been staged on both West End and Broadway, The Dresser has also been adapted into a film starring Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen. Written by Academy Award winner Sir Ronald Harwood, the play has a strong pedigree, having been interpreted by the best actors and directors around the world.

Following Sir, a troubled thespian, and his loyal dresser Norman, The Dresser takes place during a wartime production of King Lear. Sir arrives on set in a delusional state, while Norman does all he can to ensure that the show goes on, much to the disapproval of the company, who have had enough of Sir’s erratic behavior. As the theater fills up and an air-raid commences, Sir steps onstage as Lear while the company crosses its fingers. Meanwhile, Norman and the other characters question whether their dedication to the theater—and even the people they love—is worth the hardship and heartbreak.

Don’t miss Gemora play the gentle Norman to Guzman’s tormented Sir. Joining them in the cast are Justine Narciso as Irene, Jeremy Domingo as Oxenby, Missy Maramara as Her Ladyship, Tami Monsod as Madge, and Jaime Del Mundo as Geoffrey.

After The Dresser’s run, catch The Quest for the Adarna in September. Perfect for kids and kids at heart, this original REP play transforms the beloved Ibong Adarna tale into a colorful English musical. Grab REP season passes to watch these two plays at discounted prices!

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Orly S. Agawin

The author Orly S. Agawin

Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

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