The millennial generation probably has a lot to do with all the predictions we would all make. Yumi and Jigs, two opposite characters, spends twenty-four hours together, and then ends up playing Twenty Questions. They get to ask 10 questions each, alternately, without having to ask the same question to the other. The conversation may seem ordinary, but the lines are thoughts that we do not always utter.
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The rule: No holds barred in answering the questions. Now the two with their newfound bond have to trust each other in keeping their secrets stay inside the room. The one-act play staged inside a hotel room seeks to engage the audience in having a more participative role, the writer and director Valles tells the audience after the play.
The audience are seated in chairs directly beside the bed where the actors get into a conversation. This enables the audience to take a peek into or eavesdrop on the conversation happening in front of them. In the play, Jigs is the more conservative one holding on to his Catholic faith, with dreams of losing his virginity to the one he would marry.
On the opposite side of the spectrum is Yumi, whose sexual adventures led her to wrong places, compelling her to make a vow of abstention so as to experience the magic of love making. Key image of the play is the bottle of wine the characters swigged in between answering the questions. The play is replete with lines that touch the sensibilities of the audience, especially the youth who has to grapple with their relationships and life choices.
Valles said the completely different experiences of the two pave the way for a dramatic irony in the play, which he said is a key ingredient in any storytelling.
The play culminates in the two staring at each other, music playing in the background and the lights switching off, leaving the audience wanting more than the 20 questions already asked during the play. Valles has written the same kind of experimental theater taking the audience to the seat of the action. June 4, Trending Trending. Now Week Month. Miss International pageant cancels competition. Gucci, Saint Laurent seek radical redo of fashion calendars.
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Review: Twenty Questions ni Juan Ekis
How do you think the story will unfold? The set up was very simple: a hotel room, with the director sitting casually across his two actors with their scripts in hand. However calm it may have seem upfront, you could feel that their level of performance was on point. It felt as if you were just watching two friends talking about relatable, everyday topics — relationships, love, lust, and friendship. The two are locked in a room for 24 hours with just a bottle of wine. No lies. No inhibitions.
Let’s talk about sex: Juan Ekis’ ‘20 Questions’ brings audience to seat of action
From the performance space: a simple elevated platform with a bed, some benches and a few lamps; to the story that unfolds in one act: Yumi and Jigs, two friends having a conversation over wine. Everything is kept strictly simple: boy-girl issues. It may not necessarily be a bad thing, as the crowd I watched with seemed to respond to it well. Twenty-somethings will relate to the characters and where they are in their life journey.
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The rule: No holds barred in answering the questions. Now the two with their newfound bond have to trust each other in keeping their secrets stay inside the room. The one-act play staged inside a hotel room seeks to engage the audience in having a more participative role, the writer and director Valles tells the audience after the play. The audience are seated in chairs directly beside the bed where the actors get into a conversation.
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