Fantasy and Reality Collide and Create a Romantic Mess at REP’s Stage Kiss

Published · Monday, February 10, 2020 03:29 PM

Repertory Philippines has unveiled its exciting 83rd season opener that gives a peek into a backstage love affair that challenges the delicate and sometimes confusing line between fantasy and reality!

In Stage Kiss, the intoxicating desire for romance is shattered by the sobering bite of reality. It is clever and funny and—underneath its delicious comic layers, thought-provoking at its core. Running until March 1, Stage Kiss is the quintessential must-see for the month of love, hearts, and of course, kisses.

Missy Maramara and Tarek El Tayech in REP's "Stage Kiss"

Named Critic’s Pick by The New York Times, Stage Kiss is a wickedly insightful romantic comedy about the blurred lines in a relationship. When an out-of-work stage actress (She) auditions for the lead in a forgettable 1930s melodrama, all the drama she’s hoping for is onstage. Little does she know she’s in for a whole lot more drama than what she signed up for. When her romantic co-star (He) walks in on the first day of rehearsals, it turns out to be her real-life ex!

Now, He and She have to tackle their underlying feelings for each other while playing onstage lovers, all while sharing many, many stage kisses. As they lock lips, smoldering embers spark. Are they still actors playing a scene, or offstage lovers in a moment of passion? In this rib-tickling play-within-a-play, life simulates art and art simulates life. It gets tricky telling one from the other, keeping the audience in constant wonder.


Missy Maramara as 'SHE' in REP's "Stage Kiss"

Tarek El Tayech as 'HE' in REP's "Stage Kiss"

With a book by American playwright Sarah Ruhl, REP’s production of Stage Kiss is brought to life by multi-awarded film and stage director Carlos Siguion-Reyna, known for films like Azucena, Hihintayin Kita sa Langit, and Hari ng Tondo. Playing the romantic leads She and He are Missy Maramara and Tarek El Tayech. Rounding out the cast are REP veterans Robbie Guevara and Jamie Wilson, REP’s up-and-coming young stars Andres Borromeo, Justine Narciso, and Mica Pineda, as well as celebrated pianist Nick Nañgit.

Robbie Guevara as 'The Husband' in REP's "Stage Kiss"

Jamie Wilson as 'The Director' in REP's "Stage Kiss"

Andres Borromeo as 'Kevin/ Butler/ Doctor/ Pimp' in REP's "Stage Kiss"

Smooching, hugging, touching—there are lots of those. And the humor is so risqué, theatergoers will be laughing and blushing. And beneath all the fun, Stage Kiss makes one ponder the bittersweet longing for how we want things to be versus how they really are. As She rekindles her relationship with He, slipping further into the fantasy, she finds out who she truly is. Is she the actress, the wife, the lover, or all of them? Maybe, none of the above? If you’re way over fairy tales and run-of-the-mill love stories, Stage Kiss is your edgy romcom that’s a surefire pick for the Valentine’s season.

Justine Narciso as 'Angela/ Millie/ Maid' in REP's "Stage Kiss"

Mica Pineda as ''Laurie/ Millicent' in REP's "Stage Kiss"

REP’s  2020 season has been highly anticipated, so do not miss Stage Kiss! Bring your partner, lover, crush...or ex!

Get your tickets now by calling REP at 8451-1474, 0966-905-4013, Ticketworld at 8891-9999, or by logging on to

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