Do not expect anything. Expect the unexpected.
Monty Python’s Spamalot, by Upstart Productions, co directed by Joel Trinidad, left the audience singing with the cast by the curtain call as everyone was still laughing uncontrollably from British absurd humour.
A lot of the quips and sight-gags lie on the gray area of a performance done so greatly that you can’t tell any longer if it was a mistake, ad-libbed, or if it was intentional.
Props to the entire cast from Carla Guevara-Laforteza, who played Lady of the Lake that guides Lorenz Martinez as King Arthur of the knights of the very, very, very round table.
A lot of the silly comedy comes from the actors themselves according to co-director Nicky Trivino where “everyone is learning from each other, it’s all very collaborative, if it’s funny, we incorporate it into the show.
A big portion of the musical is composed of all of us laughing uncontrollably.”
The show also features pieces by Francis Libiran who created five exquisitely crafted gowns fit for the part, fit for the theme, and each more breathtaking than the last. Joel Trinidad shares “The Lady of the Lake needs to have a kind of otherworldly quality. Francis captures that quality in every single one of his creations. The dresses look like they were made of magic.”
The Philippine production of Monty Phyton’s Spamalot plays on all Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until the 12th of August at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati. Tickets at Php2,000 (Orchestra Center), Php1,800 (Orchestra Side), Php1,500 (Loge), and Php1,000 (Balcony). Available in Ticketworld at 891999 or Upstart at 09178116156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is highly recommended that you go see this show just for the laughter before it ends.
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