PETA Starts The Year Off With An Interactive Comedic Play
Set in 2020 Philippines, Charot! (a colloquial Filipino term for “just kidding”) is a comedy musical that revolves around the concept of “voting” and democracy. Targeted at first-time voters and millennials, the play was written to involve viewers in its story. At some point in the narrative, a website will flash on a screen and people in the audience will get to vote.
For example, “are you for or against charter change?” — the results will be displayed real-time and will eventually define which ending the audience will get to watch. It’s somewhat like Bandersnatch, except it’s not convoluted and won’t take up 3 hours of your life.
Charot! is about a handful of people from different walks of life who meet in the middle of a fictional Metro Manila highway. The traffic is non-moving and soon enough, it begins to rain causing the streets to flood. The characters in the play begin to unravel as they struggle through deluge after deluge. The stakes are even higher as they are all on their way to their local precinct to vote — the clock is ticking and it is up to the them to save themselves, but not before they break into song!
With original musical compositions by Vince Lim and Maribel Legarda, Charot! is a hodgepodge of witty lyrics, quirky choreography, and interesting character developments. The play is an exercise on democracy, wherein the audiences get to determine the fates of the characters. Just like the real Philippines it aims to critic, the fictional world of Charot! is diverse and problematic, yet still incredibly loveable.
From the 30-minute preview we got to see, there’s no doubting that audiences will laugh all throughout the full-length play. But moreover, beneath the intricate musical numbers and peppery dialogues, Charot! is a thinkpiece that asks audiences to examine their own political biases, the state of the country, and what can or should be done… is change even possible?
An exciting interactive comedy musical, Charot! will surely tickle your funny bone and at the same time leave you with a—dare I say it— hopefulness for the country. It touches upon the very essence of nationhood, citizenry, and the value of a single voice.
A must-see, not only for millennials, but for people from all walks of life. The well-written and interesting concept behind this play is what one expects from contemporary theatre. It certainly makes the travel all the way to the heart of Quezon City worth it. Technical prowess and thoughtfulness combined, Charot!’s 30-min preview was nothing short of exceptional — surely the full play will be nothing less.
PETA’s Charot! runs from February 8 to March 17, 2019 at The PETA Theater Center, #5 Eymard Drive, Brgy. Kristong Hari, New Manila, Quezon City, with shows on Fridays (3:00PM), Saturdays and Sundays (3:00PM & 8:00PM). For inquiries and ticket reservations, contact PETA Marketing and Public Relations Office at Tel. No. 725-6244, TicketWorld at 891-9999, www.ticketworld.com.ph, or Ticket2Me at 721-0431 to 33 loc. 8109, www.ticket2me.net.