By Pablo A. Tariman, VERA Files
Repertory Philippines’ latest offering – “The Graduate” -- is a nostalgic journey into the late 60s which was the same decade the young were hooked on Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” and “Mrs. Robinson,” among others.
The play was of course the title of a 1967 Mike Nichols film starring Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock and Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson. It is originally the title of a 1963 novel by Charles Webb and adapted into the stage by Terry Johnson.
The film was of course touted as “one of the most powerful stories of sexual awakening and coming-of-age” and it happened on the decade of the country’s political awakening as it gave way to the birth of the First Quarter Storm.
The film was shown in a theater along Recto Avenue where -- as anyone growing up in that decade knew -- was also the avenue where lewd publications of “bedtime stories” hastened the sexual awakening of college kids of the late 60s.
A theater piece adapted from aRead More »from Into the late 60s with Mrs. Robinson