Catch Repertory Philippines’ staging of Amy Herzog’s 4,000 Miles

A quiet straight play about biking and being an adult

 

(SPOT.ph) Repertory Philippines takes a break from giving you timeless classics and strips things down with 4,000 Miles, an Off-Broadway play from 2011 by Amy Herzog. The production is down to its last week and we suggest you "pedal" with Jeff Flores on his last stretch as Leo Joseph-Connell. Leo is a 21-year-old "free spirit" who makes an unscheduled stop at his 91-year-old grandmother’s apartment due to circumstances that leave him too emotionally compromised to continue his cross-country journey on a bike.

 

This is Flores’ first starring role and, as added pressure, he’s sharing the stage with the Baby Barredo. The veteran actress tries her darnedest to portray Vera Joseph, an old woman grasping for words. She’s a little too witty and lucid to be convincing as a forgetful grandma, but Barredo still nails her role as a foil to a lost young man who refuses to admit that he’s lost or young.

 

 

Director Bart Guingona admits that the plot more than, ahem, 4,000 miles from home. Biking across state lines doesn’t exactly scream "Pinoy" and yet, the small silences between conversations in the play still resonate. There’s a tug of war between what we learn from experience versus our need to cling to our ideas of how the world ought to be-a conflict with which we can all relate.

 

The gradual revelation of the cause of Leo’s inner turmoil is like a dripping faucet-hitting the same point with a steady rhythm, an unnerving reminder that something needs to be fixed. The payoff is not a gushing of water (read: feelings), but a calming release from a disturbance that keeps you awake at night.

 

4,000 Miles runs until March 29 at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Makati City. Ticket prices range from P400 to P600. For inquires and ticket information, contact Repertory Philippines at 843-3570 or TicketWorld at 891-9999.

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