When my friend CC invited me to watch West Side Story at the Meralco Theatre in Pasig I immediately said yes. I like trying out new things and if someone had invited me to go bungee jumpng or jump off a plane then I would have agreed ina heartbeat. That is if I have the extra money and time. Being it my first play, I was expecting too much which was good since my 1000 bucks would have been laid to waste if I set the bar too high.
Anyway, the play startd 45 minutes late which was also a good thing because I arrived late. I had my laundry done and watched the movie version which won an Oscar Best Picture in the 1950s. Since the movie was still fresh from my mind I knew the scenes beforehand but that didn’t spoil the play for me. Christian Bautista and Karylle, who play the ill-fated lovers Tony and Maria, were competent. My friends were very impressed by Gian Magdangal who play Tony’s best bud Riff but i was more impressed by Rowena Vilar (pictured below with Karylle) who played anita, Maria’s sister-in-law.
During the curtain call, both of them (Gian and Rowena) were the most applauded and deservingly so. Overall, it was a satisfying ending of a rather busy weekend where I went out with three different set of friends – company sportsfest with my teammates, Tropical Thunder with my bowling buddies, and the play.
I hear that they plan on re-staging the show next year. That’s no surprise. The play was a big hit.