Monday, February 7, 2011

The Joy Luck Club: A great story of Mother-Daughter relationship

From the book of Amy Tan to the movie directed by Wayne Wang, I’m still fascinated and ecstatic after seeing the theater version of The Joy Luck Club. Thanks to Repertory Philippines for bringing the inspirational mother-daughter story in Onstage Greenbelt 1, which will be running from Feb 4 - 20.

The story of The Joy Luck Club is simple, a mother who wanted to bring the best for her child, she had crossed borders just to be in the promise land – America. Suyuan Woo (Rebecca Chuaunsu), An-Mei Hsu (Pinky Marquez), Lindo Jong (Frances Makil) and Ying-Ying "Betty" St. Clair (Jay Glorioso) took that risk and tried to change the lives of their daughters who were American born. But in the end, they discovered that instead of taking the pride of their daughters was a growing gap in their relationship along with culture differences. And it is up to the daughters; Rose Hsu Jordan (Jenny Jamora), Waverly Jong (Cris Villonco), and Lena St. Clair (Lily Chu) to patch up with their mothers before it’s too late. But for Jing-Mei "June" Woo (Ana Abad Santos) whose mother died few months ago before she realized the hardship of her mother, will she ever make a chance?

It’s funny, inspirational and touching, this is how I’ll be describing The Joy Luck Club, each character takes part on the fun and drama in the gamble of life as game of “Mahjong” symbolizes. The play also shows the colorful Chinese culture which was timely for the Chinese New Year.

Among the mothers and daughters, it was the tandem of Frances Makil and Cris Villonco made a wonderful presentation of the character. Everyone can relate in their story, a mother who encounters lots of hardship in life and managed to smile and laugh, hoping to take pride for her daughter’s success. But instead of the pride and joy she should be getting from her daughter was the hearth ache and frustrations because of the culture gap between them. Still the mother accepts the fate that her daughter chooses.

The Joy Luck Club will run from February 4-11 at the Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati City. For ticket inquiries and other information, call Repertory Philippines at 571-6926 and 571-4941 or email Tickets also available at Ticketworld at 891-9999 or

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