Songs by the early 2000s band Sugarfree is combined into a story that revolves around a distressed relationship in “Sa Wakas: A Pinoy Rock Musical.”
Set in rewind, the musical starts with a heartbreaking ending. Topper, who has since been passionate with photography, and Lexi, a budding neurosurgeon who has her entire career planned out, have broken up.
The used-to-be couple sings “Kwarto” in the first scene, manifesting their respective attempts to move on from the relationship that was.
The story would later on introduce Gabbi, uncovering how she plays a part in Topper and Lexi’s break-up.
The show interestingly tied together situations that would allow the use of Sugarfree songs and not just merely forcing these tracks together in one show.
As the play progresses, it only underscores that, despite being popularized years ago, these songs still encapsulate the different phases and situations that people go through in a relationship and in life. “Wag ka nang Umiyak” was sang when consoling a partner and “Huling Gabi” when bidding goodbye to a person a character loved dearly, are just a few of them.
The live band that plays the beats of the Sugarfree songs definitely added to the magic of the show.
In addition, Vic Robinson, who plays Topper, is a gem in the cast for almost sounding like Ebe Dancel.
The rewind strategy effectively elicits presentiments on what led to this “ending” at the first scene. However, this approach has its own disadvantages, too. As the audience gets clarity to what happened along the way, the scenes towards the “beginning,” have become dull.
After concluding the first act with a strong performance of “Bawat Daan,” the play somehow moves into a drag and ends with a confused and sad silence from Topper, without a Sugarfree song to help him express his emotions.
Nonetheless, the dialog has been wittingly injected with humor all throughout, adding a tinge of fun amid plight of the characters in the story.
After its first run in 2013 and its re-run in 2017, the musical is having its farewell run this year.