Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss opens Rep’s 2020 season

With a book by American playwright Sarah Ruhl and directed by multi-awarded film and stage director Carlos Siguion-Reyna, “Stage Kiss” opens the Repertory Philippines’ 2020 season.

Stage Kiss runs from Feb. 7 to March 1, 2020 at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1 Makati.

Playing the romantic leads She and He are Missy Maramara and Tarek El Tayech.

Other cast members are Robbie Guevara and Jamie Wilson, Andres Borromeo, Justine Narciso, Mica Pineda, and Nick Nañgit.

STAGE KISS: Cast of Repertory Philippines’ production of Stage Kiss

In Stage Kiss, Rep said in a statement that “the intoxicating desire for romance is shattered by the sobering bite of reality.”

“Stage Kiss is the quintessential must see for the month of love, hearts, and of course, kisses,” the statement said.

Named Critic’s Pick by The New York Times, Stage Kiss is a wickedly insightful romantic comedy about the blurred lines in a relationship.

When an out-of-work stage actress (She) auditions for the lead in a forgettable 1930s melodrama, all the drama she’s hoping for is onstage. Little does she realize she’ll be in for a whole lot more drama than what she’s signed up for. When her romantic co-star (He) walks in on the first day of rehearsals, it turns out to be her real-life ex.

Now, He and She will have to tackle their underlying feelings for each other while playing onstage lovers, all while sharing many, many stage kisses. As they lock lips, smoldering embers spark. Are they still actors playing a scene, or offstage lovers in a moment of passion? In this rib-tickling play-within-a-play, life simulates art and art simulates life. It gets tricky telling one from the other, keeping the audience in constant wonder.

And beneath all the fun, Stage Kiss will make us ponder the bittersweet longing for how we want things to be versus how they really are.

If you’re way past fairy tales and run-of-the-mill love stories, Stage Kiss is that edgy rom-com that’s your surefire pick for Valentine’s.

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