From its successful show opener in January via ‘Boeing Boeing’, Repertory Philippines once again offers a musical comedy thriller titled ‘No Way to Treat a Lady’ with Audie Gemora, Joel Trinidad, Carla Guevarra-Laforteza, Shiela Francisco, Pinky Marquez, and Jamie Wilson as Gemora’s understudy for the role of Christopher Gill.
The five actors get to play 17 roles enough to showcase the talented cast for this second production. Each of them had their respective moments and perhaps with their extensive experience in theatre—it rather made the show worth finishing until the end.
‘No Way to Treat a Lady’ is a musical comedy thriller with book, music and lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen based on the best-selling novel and renowned movie by William Goldman. It chronicles the exploits of a 1970s momma’s boy serial killer – who draws a red lipstick kiss on the forehead of each of his victims as a calling card – and the hardened momma’s boy cop hell-bent on tracking him down.
Gemora is quite comfortable with his ‘protagonist-antagonist’ roles as he disguises himself as seven other characters: an Irish priest, as a dance class instructor Arthur Murray, a French waiter, a telephone repairman, a pizza delivery messenger, a New York cop, and a female barfly.
If Gemora delivered the goods, the rest of his co-actors did as well.
As a disarming and charming Morris Brummel, a slightly rumpled, slightly klutzy, but thoroughly likeable police officer—Joel Trinidad gave justice to the said role opposite Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Sarah Stone, a penultimate chic girlfriend of Morris with fashionable friends and loads of money making that attraction persuasive, with an appealing stage presence and a sweet soprano at the same time. Both look lovely together onstage.
The other female performers: Sheila Francisco and Pinky Marquez cannot be set aside. They knew when to steal the scene for them to be spotlight. Both breathe into roles as the killer’s victims and both mothers. Francisco primarily portrays Flora Brummel, detective Morris Brummell’s Jewish mother and Marquez as Alexandra Gill with five various roles as Kit Gill’s legendary actress-mother, an Irish widow, an Italian former Queen of the Roseland Ballroom, and a lonely barfly.
Putting them altogether is one dynamite of a cast. They proved to be effective performers whatever characters they get to play. They all have their comedic flairs.
Its artistic team is composed of Baby Barredo as artistic director, Audie Gemora as stage director, Liesl Batucan as its assistant stage director, Dingdong Fiel as musical director, Mio Infante as the set designer, Raven Ong as costume designer, and John Batalla as lighting designer.
The stage is awesomely designed with an overarching motif of a New York Times front page and dramatically lighted as well.
‘No Way to Treat a Lady’ opened on March 1 and will still run on March 23 and 24, at 3:30pm, respectively. All performances are at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City.