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.
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.