With several major stage-plays now showing in the metropolis, which one should you watch if you can see only one? Ask me and I’d say the more exclusive one, the one that demands knowledge of rarer context, the one that costs the most to comprehend and cherish. So yes, I’d say Rak of Aegis is the one you can’t miss.

I mean, to suffer a calamity that submerges entire lives in the waist-deep excrement of sprawling squalid cities, and then to persevere with smiles, laughter and turns at the karaoke mike, well that’s something very few in the whole world can claim doing—something you wouldn’t wish on just anybody, as a matter of fact. A narrative punctuated with the soaring emotions possible only through song, you know you’re getting the most out of the show when you tear up, often because of laughter, and so many times because of remembered anguish.

You know you’re getting the most out of the show when you hear both despair and hope in the phrase, “tayo na lang ang magtulungan.” So, like I told the good folks performing at PETA today, this the last day of their regular run, the show simply can’t end, not yet, and not for a very long time. It has to be seen on-stage by my kids, and then by their kids after that.

—o0o—

This story, originally posted at http://www.mediumelectric.com on March 9, 2014

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