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Aurelio Sedisyoso: Ambitious, Bold, and Dangerous

Baron Geisler sets the stage on fire with stage debut as Tikbalang!

Star Cinema Admin
Star Cinema Admin

9/17/2017 in News
Aurelio Sedisyoso: Ambitious, Bold, and Dangerous

Tanghalang Pilipino’s latest production “Aurelio Sedisyoso,” a play on the life of playwright Aurelio Tolentino, is a grand feast of talent, artistry. The play had 12 successful shows during its three-week-run at the Little Theater or also known as the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines 


The play, billed as a Rock Sarswela, is overflowing with ambition, energy, and edge. Thanks to the formidable group of artists who contributed to the fulfillment of director Chris Millado’s vision - libretto and lyrics by Nicanor Tiongson, music by Joed Balsamo, choreography by Denisa Reyes, set design by sculptor Toym Imao (who amazingly transformed the entire audience area into the main stage of the production), lighting design by Katsch Catoy, costume design by James Reyes, projection design by GA Fallarme, sound design by TJ Ramos, technical direction by Barbie Tan-Tiongco, and Francis de Veyra of Radioactive Sago as musical arranger.


This is the same team behind the critically-acclaimed “Mabining Mandirigma,” making “Aurelio Sedisyoso” a “sequel” to the former, making comparisons between the two inevitable.


“Mabining Mandirigma,” a play on the life of Apolinario Mabini, may have a bigger dramatic story to tell, but “Aurelio Sedisyoso” presented a much straightforward challenge to the audience – to be a hero in your own special, little way.


The production’s lead David Ezra essayed the role of Aurelio Tolentino with a certain charm, warmth, and sincerity, making the audience root for him throughout the musical, but is his singing that truly made him the star of the show – oh, those soaring notes!


Showbiz’s prodigal child Baron Geisler made his theater debut as Tikbalang, and he was cunningly effective. His Tikbalang seemed to come from a dangerous, dark place. His alternate Jonathan Tadioan, a theater veteran, dished out a different Tikbalang – controlled, multi-layered, and powerful.


JV Ibesate’s sensitive portrayal of the very complex Dominador Gomez was truly memorable. He was respectable but self-absorbed, certain but pained, righteous yet ambitious.


Remus Villanueva’s Macario Sakay was swift, and on-point. His movements make him the perfect choice to play that role.

Norby David, formerly of Rivermaya, provided a straight-forward take on Manuel Quezon, Aurelio Tolentino's lawyer.


Also exciting to watch onstage was the “love team” of Paw Castillo and Blanche Buhia, who played Didoy and Diday, respectively.


Sasa Cabalquinto was electrifying as Miss Diwata, and a host of other roles.


“Aurelio Sedisyoso” is a timely reminder that we all have to do our part to fight for our rights, and country – just like how Aurelio Tolentino fought for his country through his words.



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