A Buffet of Sizzling Delights (COOKIN’ NANTA – a Review)

Cookin’ Nanta comes to Manila

COOKIN’ NANTA tells the story of three Korean chefs preparing for a wedding feast. Their manager told them that they only have one hour to finish all the dishes. Enter the manager’s Nephew, a young boisterous lad eager to learn the art of cooking. He joins the gang to help in preparing for the feast.

Many non-verbal performances are considered dull due to the repetitive rhythms and beats and lack of excitement. NANTA overcomes this drawback by combining a storyline with various comical scenes in a kitchen. By adhering to its storyline, NANTA manages to excite the audience without using any verbal scripts.

It is 1.5 hours of pasted smiles, happy cheers and thunderous applauses. COOKIN’ may have dismissed the essence of spoken words on stage, but hey, its message still reaches out to its audience through a symphony of onomatopoeic synchrony, timeless humor and amazing stunts!

Cookin' Nanta comes to ManilaHwang Yo Han as The Manager is the comical patriarch. Ko Chang Hwan‘s The Head Chef is the shy leader of the group. Sometimes yells at other chefs, but his timidity and love for his team prevails. During the chopping board scene Hwan performs fantastic knife skills to the audience. Jeong Bo Ram is the only woman in the group as she plays the role of Hot Sauce. She reflects women’s power, but could also be helpless when it comes to love. Chang Kyoung Soo as the muscle-toned Sexy Guy is dashing and a wonder to watch. But is the cutie Nam Dong Hoon who plays The Nephew that will make it worth your time. His silent humor and impeccable rhythm offers such a refreshing treat that completes this archetypal package.

Don’t miss this one. Pramis! For once, tunay na nag-amoy kusina ang The Theatre at Solaire, matapos maluto ang pansit!

Nakangiti ka paglabas mo.

Tags : concertus manilacookin' nantatheatre at solaire
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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