Three reasons why Silent Sky staged by Repertory Philippines is definitely worth watching

Three reasons why Silent Sky staged by Repertory Philippines is definitely worth watching

Repertory Philippines brings back critically acclaimed Silent Sky for limited encore performances. The period piece shines a light on brilliant woman astronomer, Henrietta Leavitt, to the delight of audiences, leaving viewers who thought they were only in for some astronomy feeling as if they were immersed in the best kind of just-beneath-the-surface relationship chemistry. Penned by playwright Lauren Gunderson, Silent Sky is set in the early 1900s, and talks about the galaxies and mathematics while delving into what lies at the heart of passion, perseverance, and yes, even love. Here are three reasons why Silent Sky deserves to be on your must-see list:

 

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It Celebrates Women

Cathy Azanza-Dy breathes life into the role of Henrietta Leavitt, who was among the Harvard “Computers” of the early 1900s: women hired by the Harvard Observatory to analyze and catalog stars in the heavens in the service of the “real stars” of the department, the men. Disappointed with her data-entry task, Leavitt’s brilliance eventually shines in the male-dominated field of astronomy as her fellow computers, Annie Canon and Williamina Fleming (expertly played by Bibeth Orteza and Naths Everett respectively) enlighten and support her. Audiences will love how Silent Sky puts a spotlight on the unsung women who blazed a trail and proved that no one can put a cap on one’s dreams—whether one’s passion is lit by science, music, or even raising a family—in a holistic spin on women empowerment.

 

It Celebrates Relationships

The play effortlessly takes its audience through the highs and lows of Leavitt’s story, and the relationships she builds along the way. The spirited bond she shares with her sassy yet more traditional sister Margie (the feisty Caisa Borromeo) are what sisterhoods are made of. And viewers will respond to how these two polar opposites—after much stumbling—somehow manage to support and care for one another without condition. Then there’s the awkward yet riveting banter she shares with Peter Shaw (the bumbling yet charming Topper Fabregas) as they tip-toe around their budding romance. With family, supportive colleagues-turned-friends, and romantic suitor by her side, Henrietta unknowingly experiences a life well lived as she dedicates her own to the pursuit of answers, and the meaning behind the cosmos.

 

It Celebrates Meaning

It is easy to feel Henrietta’s disappointment as Harvard fails to acknowledge the strength of her talent, and feel elated for her when her hard work is given some semblance of recognition. And while many have debated on the prominence of science over faith, and vice versa, Silent Sky points out a peaceful equilibrium as Margie says, “You asked God a question, and He answered. That’s the meaning of meaning, for most of us.” Captivating, surprisingly light-hearted and funny while being truly profound, Silent Sky is an uplifting gem filled with clever dialogue and real emotions that celebrates life and all that has yet to be known. Staged against a beautiful star-lit set, and directed by Joy Virata, Silent Sky reminds us that even if others will try to to dim our dreams, the the light of the stars will guide our way—for as long as we allow our passion and sense of wonder to thrive.

 

Catch Silent Sky at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium at RCBC Plaza for two weekends from February 1 to 10, 2019, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 pm. For tickets, call Ticketworld at 8919999 or email riapangprojects@gmail.com for block buying opportunities.

 

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Text by Yen Cantiga and Tata Mapa. Photo by Chris Cancio.
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