Sneak Peek: Repertory Philippines’ The Vibrator Play


Last March 17, Rep gave us a sneak peek into the technical dress rehearsal of The Vibrator Play.

The show stars Joshua Spafford who plays Dr. Givings, the man who specializes in gynecological and hysterical disorders. He treats his patients in his ‘operating theater,’ i.e. his home clinic, which happens to be right next to their living room.

The Vibrator Play
L-R: Caisa Borromeo (Sabrina Daldry), Joshua Spafford (Dr. Givings), Tami Monsod (Annie)
The Vibrator Play
L-R: Jef Flores (Leo Irving), Joshua Spafford (Dr. Givings)

Giannina Ocampo plays opposite Joshua as Catherine Givings, the good doctor’s unhappy wife who has been neglected for so long, especially in their marital bed. She listens curiously to the sounds and cries coming from the patients with absolutely no idea of what goes on in the next room. When Dr. Givings refuses to administer the treatment on her, Catherine takes matters into her own hands.

The Vibrator Play
Giannina Ocampo as Catherine Givings
The Vibrator Play
Giannina Ocampo (Catherine Givings) and Hans Eckstein (Mr. Daldry)
The Vibrator Play
Giannina Ocampo (Catherine Givings) and Hans Eckstein (Mr. Daldry)

We got a look into Mio Infante’s realistic set design, which divided the stage into the operating theater and the living room. It was wonderful to see how scenes would seamlessly transition from one room to the next.

The Vibrator Play
the living room; set design by Mio Infante
The Vibrator Play
the operating room; set design by Mio Infante

We also got to see Bonsai Cielo’s beautiful Victorian costumes which according to her takes a minimum of 10 minutes (if done by an expert) to take on and off.

The Vibrator Play
L-R: Cara Barredo (Elizabeth), Giannina Ocampo (Catherine Givings), Caisa Borromeo (Sabrina Daldry)
The Vibrator Play
L-R: Giannina Ocampo (Catherine Givings) and Caisa Borromeo (Sabrina Daldry)
The Vibrator Play
Bonsai Cielo demonstrates the grueling costume changes

Director Chris Millado mentions that costume is a very central part of the story because it had its own narratives of control, power, and restriction in that era. It informed the lifestyle and the relationship between the genders.

Caisa Borromeo plays Sabrina Daldry, Cara Barredo plays Elizabeth, Jef Flores plays Leo Irving, Hans Eckstein plays Mr. Daldry, and Tami Monsod plays Annie.

The Vibrator Play
the cast of The Vibrator Play
The Vibrator Play
the cast of The Vibrator Play

You can catch a sneak peek in the video below. The show will run from March 24-April 23 at the Onstage Theater of Greenbelt 1. It’s bound to be an awkward and hilarious evening!

You can buy tickets HERE.

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