Your clock is ticking away. You can't run or hide from it. You have to decide. NOW.
9 Works Theatrical rekindles the old but still very relevant question of having to choose between passion or stability as they proudly stage Tick, Tick...Boom - a rock monologue by Jonathan Larson - to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the late writer's Tony-winning musical Rent.
The autobiographical one-man show became a 3-act musical when it was produced off-Broadway in 1996 after Larson's death.
We went to the press preview and witnessed how Jef Flores (2015 Gawad Buhay Best Actor), Tanya Manalang (Miss Saigon), and theater veteran Ariel Reonal reanimated the mid-life crisis that Generation X experienced during the 90s, the struggles and creative process of artists and composers, and the dilemma of whether to continue one's passion or settle for a more stable and comfortable life.
Under the direction of Robbie Guevara, the trio consistently and colorfully played 10 characters - shifting from one to the other in a bat of an eyelash but with very distinct characteristics, accented by the costumes and lighting. The minimalist staging design with a few furniture pieces helped the audience be more immersed in the story.
Tick, Tick...Boom is entertaining with an outstanding script and right amount of hugot lines, funny scenes, and musical numbers. It wholly captured the fears and doubts of starving artists, the pressure of finding love and settling down, and the answer to why we do what we are doing.
Although set in the 90s and is really about Generation X, Tick, Tick...Boom is very relatable for millennials as it talks about turning a year older (30 in Jon's case) and realizing you haven't accomplished a single thing in your career. This may serve as a wake up call to make grown-up decisions!
Stop the time and catch Tick, Tick...Boom and its 3 powerful cast members at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza from October 1 to 23. See other MYXclusive photos here
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