“The Forsaken House” Review

There’s no curtain at all. Facing the theater platform will guide you to see the exact setting of the whole play. The sound of a high-pitched background tone signals the beginning of one of the best plays I’ve ever watched. People were sitting comfortably and the tone brought the audience to silence.

The scene one staged the family of 6, majority of women characters. The beginning reflected what would be the story of the play and how the plot was arranged. The opening production seemed to be a big explosion. It was funny, surprising and full of enthusiasm as if to say that the family was or has never undergoing a big problem. The joy, started by the characters, maintained until the visitation of the friends of the children. That scene also brought the family another problem which was the eloping of Adelina. Then the problem continued. In fact, there was no solution made on the family crisis at the end of the play. Only the realization of the problem by the father changed his mind towards his children.

The revival of the play was so good because of the execution made by well-chosen characters. All of the casts’ roles matched on their attitude and their appeal. The fatherly and motherly act of Don Ramon and Encarna, respectively really suited their posture and physical appearance. The tame and benign face of Teresita, the one who chose nun as her vocation, fitted on her role. The other children’s roles also suited on them. These main characters would not move in a way if there were no supporting actors. There she was Tia Pelagia on her funny roles and beautiful costumes. Tio Carlos was there also who acted as a guide and also an influential person to the family, the one who also decided the plans to do and a person who knew everything what was happening, especially on the children.

The beautification has a great impact. Yes, the setting and the props used help the play to be realistic and more amazing and beautiful in the eyes of the audience. Simplicity of the props used, as what the original play and script suggested, was observed. The play was set showing a post-war living of families. The costumes really matched. The color of the lights supported the would-be color of the costumes; it was because lights give another color to the things around. Even the radio and the music it played showed the fact that was what the things around the house on those times.

The delivering, the diction and the emotions were executed by the characters very well. They were all good and I think, they gave their very best on every show. But aside from the fact that they were all good, there were scenes which became dull and on those scenes, I forgot to listen and watch. But that was the only problem. The stage was too clean and no props were littering or attracting the attention of the audience. There were eye contact among the characters and they did not mind the noise around them.

The play was excellent on over-all performance but I didn’t satisfy on the ending.




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