Sandbox Collective: No Filter 2.0

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If you haven't seen it already, I insist that you try to catch the last two shows (October 25, 3PM and 8PM) of Sandbox Collective's No Filter 2.0—a collective series of monologues about millennials, for millennials, written and performed by millennials. Highly recommended, with feelings! 

Since I missed No Filter's first run, I didn't really know what to expect when we bought the tickets for 2.0. I just knew that it's a play about millennials and after a quick scan on Instagram, I saw that generally those who had already watched it had a great time and only good words to say for the cast.

And now that I've experienced it for myself, I can attest to the reviews. No Filter 2.0 gives an accurate account of what it's like to be a Filipino millennial. In the play, the Fillennial psyche is taken apart piece by piece and examined one monologue at a time. It goes from trivial to existential, touching everything from our passions to our struggles, our fears and our joys, the things that we say and the things we keep between the lines, love and heartbreak, faith and losing faith, social media and depression—with excellent actors doing justice to obviously great pieces of writing.

The emotions that No Filter tries to draw out from the audience come from a real place. When it makes you laugh, it's because you realize that sometimes millennials do stress over many things that are just too funny to be considered as real problems. And when it makes you cry, it's because you are reminded of the pressures and little tragedies that riddle this generation.

I really loved "Confession", where Paolo Valenciano plays a grandson tortured by the convictions of an older generation's faith. There he lays down to God what I'm sure is a real concern by many: "I don't understand how those who believe in You, the God of love, have so much anger in their hearts." Ain't it true? We who have received forgiveness can be quite unforgiving.

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Then there's Carla Humphries' heart-shattering performance in "Moving Out", as a young woman who gave up everything (her career, her relationship, her youth) to move to New York so she can live out her mother's dream. "Nothing about this was the dream. Because the dream wasn't even mine." She also did "Trial By Numbers", leaving us to ponder: "Is there logic in shaming?"

Khalil Kaimo delivered a tearjerker in "Connection / Disconnection". If you've ever had a friend who battled depression and suicide, you will lose it at this point.

It's not all sadness and painful hugots - there are fun segments, too: "Love Me Tinder" (self-explanatory) is a hit, as well as "About Last Night" where all cast members inhabited different personas and their first thoughts the morning after a party.

And that's not even half of it. I guarantee that wherever you are in life, there is something in the show that you will be able to relate with. This is for every self-aware Fillennial (feels redundant, though), regardless of whether you're looking for a way to understand yourself better or simply have a good time.

Kudos to the director, the writers, the prod staff and the actors for pulling this one off. I can't wait for No Filter 3.0! (Or 2.1? 2.1.1?)

The Sandbox Collective’s No Filter 2.0 will have its last two shows on October 25, Sunday, 3PM and 8PM, at Power Mac Center Spotlight, Circuit Makati. Call 5856909, 0917-8996680 or 8919999 to reserve for your tickets.

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