Red Turnip Theater's 'Cock': A gay man's hilarious journey to heterosexual orgasm

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Gay-hood is so complicated, it is funny! 

Red Turnip Theater's sophomore offering "Cock" tackles the complexities of homosexuality when a gay man is torn between his longtime boyfriend and his growing affection for a woman. I hope I provided information to those who are intrigued with the title but let your curiosity take you to the play as it is a timely material for straight people to learn about gay relationships and for the queer to relate.




At what could be a signature stage for Red Turnip, Whitespace (Chino Roces Avenue, Makati) just laid out a red mat with wooden fences at its four corners. The viewers were assigned to the four sides, aided with subtle lighting and very minimal sound effects. In rapid exchanges of sharp dialogues and clever blind representations of props and other elements, the intimate setup is just what the audience need. The atmosphere helped the viewers absorb the rapid shifting of emotions involving honest and could be brutal bitch fights and the scattered comic remarks. None of which would be possible without the gigantic performances of the cast. 

Taking advantage of such a great and relevant material, all four actors were stellar. Topper Fabregas is an easy special mention. After all, he is the only character with a real name. He plays John, the gay man who fell in love with W, the woman. Topper sure does articulate well and his success is in making each line tangible but he failed to release his character's second personality with the absence of a certain level of masculinity, most especially during the simulated sex scene. 





The premise is for him to appreciate the female form for the first time in his life, even having a hard on before there was contact. But Topper portrayed the same level of gayness all the way through. I'm sure the homosexuals who experienced that strange attraction towards the opposite sex felt that sequence was unconvincing and those who have not were told inaccurately. Despite the lack of the masculine sexiness from a supposed bisexual gay, the lead performance was decent.

Niccolo Manahan, John's controlling boyfriend M, carried most of the laughs in the play. For someone who is straight in real life, his gayness appeared innate. He had the right amount of gay gestures that even when he blurted out some bitchy and funny lines, it didn't appear forced. Though sometimes he was gasping for air because of his lengthy speeches, he is the one who embraced his character the most. 





W was flirty, assertive and desperate and Jenny Jamora did exactly that. For the audience, she is the easy target of hate but Jenny gave her character the chance to be reasonable. The second thoughts are proof of her excellent portrayal. Audie Gemora, meanwhile, is F, the father of M. Though given the fewest lines as he came out only in the last 30 minutes of the play, Audie was not forgettable. 

Just like sexual preference, Cock's presentation of bisexuality was not simple only because it was honest. It was pretty straightforward at first but the dilemma came in the choosing part. Gay or not, people fall in love to those who can give us happiness. Those who can make us feel proud of who we are and appreciate our worth. Truth be told that for some gays, they yearn for that happiness with other people regardless if they have vagina or... cock. 


 


"Cock" is must-watch. Catch it every Friday (March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4) at 9PM, every Saturday (March 8, 15, 29 and April 5) at 8PM and every Sunday (March 9, 16, 23 and April 6) at 4PM. There is also a special show on April 5, 4PM and a closing gala on April 6, 8PM. 

Get your tickets through TicketWorld by calling 891-9999 or logging in to www.ticketworld.com.ph. Tickets are priced at PhP1,563 and PhP1,042. The show is staged at Whitespace, Chino Roces Avenue Extension in Makati City. 

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