Sunday, October 1, 2023

Suzue Toshiro – If He Doesn’t See Your Face.


Suzue Toshiro – If He Doesn’t See Your Face.

How do you feel about this story?


The play begins with Yasuyo visiting her husband Tatsuya. The husband was happy to see her but Yasuyo was concerned about their marriage, and how she would care for their child. Tatsuya’s imprisonment is not the first time but actually his fourth time in jail. During their conversations, she asked her husband Why you have to Steal? But she gets an indirect answer and the assurance he loved his wife and their child. Yasuyo wanted to express her husband’s feeling and why to keep doing things that bring him into trouble. However, she cannot draw out the feelings because of her own self-doubts to deal with.  And affected with the restriction in the visiting room, they were separated by a glass window using a microphone.   

We are afraid to express our feelings when we are in a relationship even we know there is a need for a dialogue. Sometimes, one needs to sacrifice in order to survive or hold on to the relationship.

Find out how can they keep their marriage last if the husband keeps repeating mistakes and how they reconcile their own differences.

If he doesn’t see your Face is a heavy subject that will challenge the viewer’s point of view when you watch this play by Arete of the Ateneo de Manila University in collaboration with the Japanese and Philippine Theater.

I will not go with a detailed review because it’s my first time to watch this kind of theater play. But, I am impressed with The Actors performances as they delivered emotions and the kilometric lines to convey.  Delphine Bencamino as Kooriyama Yasuyo and Brian Sy as Kooriyama Tatsuya.  Directed by Ricardo Abad, Playwright by Suzue Toshiro.

“If He Doesn’t See Your Face” runs Aug. 2 and 3 at 8:00 p.m. August 4 at 3:00 p.m. Doreen Black Box, Arete complex, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. You can purchase your tickets at Ticket2Me or on Facebook Page Arete