On Fire: A Review of Arbol de Fuego

Arbol de Fuego is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, which I took up in Drama class in college. I remember bits and pieces but forgot it pretty quickly favouring Lysistrata and King Lear and Death of a Salesman, which we also took in class.

So I felt a bit comfortable coming into Arbol de Fuego by PETA because I thought that it would all come back to me, even if it were going to be in Filipino. To my utter surprise, it wasn’t at all what I remembered it to be, especially since director Loy Arcenas and playwright Rody Vera kept their adaptation truthful to Chekhov’s intention of presenting The Cherry Orchard as a farce.

That, and the magnificent cast that brought this whole play to life, is why I was absolutely thrilled when I was watching Arbol de Fuego, probably one of the best plays I’ve seen in the Philippines (not that that is saying much as I haven’t seen that many in comparison to others).

Read my review here: On Fire: A Review of Arbol de Fuego.

The magnificent and entrancing Cherie Gil leads an ensemble including Angeli Bayani and Jake Macapagal in Arbol de Fuego, an adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard

The magnificent and entrancing Cherie Gil leads an ensemble including Angeli Bayani and Jake Macapagal in Arbol de Fuego, an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard

While it still has two or three weekends to go, you should catch it if you can. It’s completely wonderful and truly a magnificent piece of powerful theatre. It is funny and enjoyable as much as it is profound and moving.

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