Review: Dulaang UP's Shock Value

My wife and I caught the opening night of "Shock Value," Dulaang UP's featured play at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater in U.P. Diliman, Quezon City. With humor and sexuality, the play lives up to its name.

The story is a satirical glimpse of what's happening behind the scenes in the country's television industry. Central to that is Matt, a gay host/producer/creative director who finds himself on the other end of the camera lens when he gets involved in a sex scandal. As the network tries to put out the fire, Matt calls on the the colorful roster of celebrities whom he had helped to vouch for him. Personal and network upheavals happen when Matt digs a hole for himself in the process of clearing his image.

The play is filled with funny moments and caricatures of television personalities. From the washed up sex kitten to the idealistic journalism stalwart, the play will keep folks involved.

My main nitpick with the production is the technical glitches. The play's set includes cameras and screens meant to emulate television. During the opening night, there were issues with the sound, the videos, and the camera work. It was glaring to the point that it distracted the audience.

Given the lack of good movie releases this month, Shock Value is a play worth watching. Please note that there are mature themes explored in the play, so this is not recommended for teens and younger.

The play runs till October 3, 2010. For ticket information, please contact Cherry at +639177500107, or the Dulaang UP Office at (632) 9261349, 9818500 local 2449 or 433-7840.

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