Dulaang UP’s take on Romeo and Juliet opened to a full house and this was the matinee. The play was an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The play was billed as a a multimedia hallucination and indeed it was and more. One of the main backdrop was a screen where the audience was treated to snippets of videos; screen grabs from smartphone chats and facebook; videos from cctv; and the presence of technology was ubiquitous,
Indeed it was as if Romeo and Juliet were re-adapted to the present day Metro Manila where Verona if it were not a city or a town would be a gated community somewhere South of our Megapolis.
The play also has its ingredients of political and social commentary culled from the present society. Quotes, videos and comedy sketches spared no one. At one point you would see the President or Pnoy make his appearance, although this might have been done better with an actor playing the Doge both as a moral compass and comic relief.
Dance also played a vital role in the play. Providing the necessary props at time and the proverbial Greek Chorus of the play. In the end this added a layer of interest in this adaptation.
But then again this is not your mother’s Romeo and Juliet. I never thought you could make Romeo and Juliet more tragic and more dystopian than it is and perhaps that is why it is worth watching.