Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Naked reactions

BY SAM L. MARCELO, Senior Reporter
Original Article can be found HERE 

REVIEWS ARE often written in retrospect; initial reactions are parsed and restructured with readers in mind. The language used in knee-jerk mobile-phone conversations is very different.
Included here are actual text messages that were sent and received while still reeling from the emotional punch of Next to Normal. Never meant to be published and minimally edited, they are unfiltered thoughts that are, at times, embarrassingly earnest.

Pardon the abuse of exclamation marks!!!, cuss words, emoticons and CAPITAL LETTERS. When you have a character limit, you have to take shortcuts.

March 11

AAH to SLM: Watched Next to Normal last night. Menchu was absolutely AMAZING! You have to see it. Visceral acting.


March 12, intermission

SLM to AAH: Gawd, this thing has made me cry several times already. I hope it has a happy ending.

FCR to SLM: When are you watching Next to Normal? :)


March 12, post-musical
SLM to FCR: Just finished. Fucking waterworks. So good!
AAH to SLM: Well?
SLM to AAH: Slayed! Destroyed! Perpetual lump in throat! Lip quivers and snotty sniffles! Two thumbs, eight fingers, 10 toes up!
FCR to SLM: Ah, so it’s worth it :) Ok :)
AAH to SLM: :)
SLM to FCR: Yes, it’s worth it! Let me know what you think when you see it.

SLM to AAH: Menchu was FAB all the way. Kudos to Jett Pangan, though. His part in the duet was unexpected. So raw. That part KILLED me.

AAH to SLM: You are so passionate about it. Wanna review it? :)

SLM to AAH: Nah. I’ll leave the reviewing to those who are wiser than I am. Right now, I wanna go home, hug my pillow and sleep. All I did was watch but I’m so drained! I wonder how the actors do it.


A few notes saved in SLM’s “Drafts” folder:

Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo = Dipped in awesome sauce.

Jett Pangan = Emotional anchor. When he loses his shit, so do we.

Break out the tissue!

Bea Garcia = Ellen Page-y.

Felix Rivera = Creeptastic Oedipal weirdo.

Jake Macapagal = ROCKSTAR.

I’m totally sapped. Much respect to the actors. Are they like Rachel Berry and Tinkerbell? Do they need applause to live? CLAPCLAPCLAPCLAPCLAPCLAPCLAPCLAPCLAPCLAPCLAP. 

Catch Atlantis Productions' NEXT TO NORMAL (THE REPEAT)
on October 15, 2011 / Sat / 2PM @ RCBC 

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