Sunday, September 29, 2013

Lorenzo, the Play, a review

Here's a short review of the play Lorenzo from the recent Litera Team members.  We have been quiet for a while (6 months and counting) and we found a way to temporarily cut our slumber with this one.  Thanks Ryan.

"Lorenzo" is a rock opera about a Filipino named Laurence, a modern OFW who awaits execution in the Middle East for killing his employer for attempted rape.  In his misery and depression, Laurence finds solace and meaning in the life and martyrdom of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz (patron of overseas workers) and decides to write a play about the saint.  The play-within-a-play unveils the life story of the saint which becomes the channel by which Laurence turns back to God.  "Lorenzo" has many serious and dark moments with amusing and entertaining pop culture references, all the while remaining true blue to the heroic spirit and example of Ruiz.  Aside from a plethora of emotions and intense earworm, the viewer leaves the theater with one question on his head:  Am I too, ready to die, out of love for my God and for my faith?

Should there be a re-staging, go ahead and watch it.

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