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March 6, 2011

Musical Play - Breakups and Breakdowns

A New Musical
February 18 to March 12, 2011
Teatrino Promenade (Grennhills, San Juan)

Ticket Prices:

Orchestra PhP 978.50
Balcony PhP 721.00

About the Show:

Upstart Productions, Inc.

A New Musical

Written and Directed by JOEL TRINIDAD

MARK, a young playwright, is putting the finishing touches on a play about finding the One Perfect Girl. The story is a thinly veiled retelling of his failed relationship with NINA, who, unbeknownst to Mark, is starting to miss him, just a little.

DEREK, Mark’s roommate and best friend, thinks that Mark would be better off actually meeting women instead of just writing about them, and is convinced that Mark should get out of his unhealthy funk and back in “the game”.

Derek himself is a notorious playboy, an expert at “the game”. But that was before he started dating SANDY. Gorgeous and flirtatious, yet apparently uninterested in commitment, Sandy is the female counterpart of Derek—and is driving Derek crazy. He doesn’t know that Sandy, whose last boyfriend left her because she was too needy, earnest, and available, is also playing “the game”, and is only feigning aloofness to keep Derek interested.

One stormy night, while Derek is on a date with Sandy, Mark settles in for another night of perfecting his play. Suddenly, there is a knock on the door. It is Nina, soaking wet. Her car has stalled in the storm somewhere nearby, she has no place else to go. After a few moments of awkward conversation, it slowly becomes clear that there may still be something between them…

… but just then, Derek and Sandy arrive unexpectedly, and everyone is surprised to discover that Sandy is someone Mark knows pretty well; Someone he used to call by another name, back when she was a little too needy and a little too earnest and a little too available.

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