In the sticky rice congee post, I mentioned how Alex got really ill after a hectic theater production. The production was Hedda Gabler. I offered to write a review, I think Alex was worried that I might lambast it, she said no review, so I didn’t. There were certain aspects of the play that I wasn’t too impressed with but I wouldn’t have lambasted it. All in all, I think it was a fabulous production. Had I written a review on that tone, perhaps, I would have just sounded like a biased mother who was just too proud and happy that her 17-year-old sophomore college daughter had a chance to be part of a major theater production and work with respected theater artists.
Well, I can now happily write about Hedda Gabler without sounding like a stage mother. Alex texted me about an hour and a half ago to say that Hedda Gabler was in the Best of Theater 2011.
My first reaction, naturally, was best of theater where? But whoever’s list it was, someone gave Hedda Gabler accolade and that means it was Alex’s success too because she was assistant stage manager in the Hedda Gabler production. Apparently, the people involved in Hedda Gabler were already partying when Alex texted me.
A few minutes later, I was searching for information. Best of Theater 2011 where? As it turned out, columnist and blogger Gibbs Cadiz just came out with BRAVO! BEST OF THEATER 2011 and Hedda Gabler was among the shining stars. It’s not the Tony Awards (or whatever the local equivalent is, if there is one) but a critic’s affirmative vote — especially a credible and respected critic — can never be ignored.
Hedda Gabler is an honorable mention in the Best Full-Length Play category. So is its director, Bart Guingona (dear Bart, I know that you and Alex are friends on Facebook, if you ever get to read this, “special whatever” is her catch-all term for “win” and “honor”).
Lara Fabregas and Leo Rialp (above and below, images taken with my phone) are Best Actress and Best Featured Actor, respectively. Truth be told, I had issues with the Lara Fabregas’ involuntary hand movements, and I told Alex as much right after we saw the play, but Leo Rialp was truly a wonder to behold.
Below are scanned pages from the souvenir program.
And that’s my daughter’s name in there.
Quite an early Christmas gift for our family.
I’m a happy mommy.