Teatro Tomasino presents "Twosome" at UST on December 11 and 12

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Dec 5, 2007
Twosome is a back-to-back presentation of Chris Martinez's Welcome to IntelStar and a modern take on Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero's comedy titled Wanted: Chaperon. This twin bill production features the talents of Teatro Tomasino under the artistic direction of John "Sweet" Lapus.


Teatro Tomasino, the university-wide theater guild of the University of Santo Tomas, is mounting its second major production titled Twosome. This twin bill production features Welcome to Intelstar and Wanted: Chaperon to be directed by the guild's professional adviser and university alumnus John "Sweet" Lapus. This 30th anniversary offering of Teatro Tomasino will be staged at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium, UST Education Building on December 11 and 12 with shows at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Wanted: Chaperon takes a look into the parents who want to supervise the moral development of their children who have entered the period of young adulthood. The play showcases two sets of parents who come from two societies in conflict during the time of pre-war Manila.

A typical day in the home of Don Francisco turns upside down when he acquires a new servant who wants to be designated as a "butler." On that same day, he and his wife Doña Petra want to look into the previous night's dates of their unico hijo and hija. Their arguments becomes more chaotic and hilarious when Doña Dolores, and her son, Fred visit their house.


Wanted: Chaperon portrays Filipino tradition and family values; the playwright has constructed a metaphor about a society caught up in a socio-cultural crisis. The generation gap is exemplified by Don Francisco's line to his son recalling his courtship of his wife, "Noong nagliligaw ako sa iyong ina, ang binibigay ko sa kanya ay mani at balut."

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The classical play by National Artist for Literature Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero and translated by Jose Villa Panganiban has been adapted by Teatro Tomasino with a twist of modernity by the Universal Sweet, John Lapus.

The 2005 Palanca award-winning play Welcome to IntelStar is a monologue written by Chris Martinez that takes an amusing and light-hearted look at people who work in the financially rewarding but rather cyclic world of call centers.|

It's 11:30 p.m. and the viewers are treated to a typical training session conducted by Ma'am Chelsea, the hotshot training manager of a top-rank call center company that specializes in U.S. directory assistance. Her job is to teach new recruits (the audience) to become virtual Americans.


Chelsea is a picture of confidence and proceeds with the orientation using her "neutral American accent" through tectonic shifts in accents, mindsets, body clocks, and a PowerPoint presentation throughout the entire play. At the end of the presentation, she reflects on her chosen career of five years while drinking Tanduay from her spill-proof Starbucks mug.

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For inquiries, you may contact production manager Raymond Beltran at 0916-4905128, marketing head Patricia Katipunan at 09167812088 or the Teatro Tomasino Office at 406-1611 local 8484.

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Twosome is a back-to-back presentation of Chris Martinez's Welcome to IntelStar and a modern take on Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero's comedy titled Wanted: Chaperon. This twin bill production features the talents of Teatro Tomasino under the artistic direction of John "Sweet" Lapus.
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