‘Stage Kiss’ still hits more than it misses

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Repertory Philippines’ “Stage Kiss” gets most of its laughs from the line that separates performance and reality.

In telling the story of an out-of-practice stage actress (Missy Maramara) becoming scene partners with her ex (Tarek El Tayech), the play finds much comedy in the eerie similarities between the characters’ private lives and the roles they play. It’s less successful, however, at interrogating what these similarities mean for a group of characters who are difficult to root for.

Still, economical direction and a golden performance from Maramara make “Stage Kiss” a pleasant diversion.
Two plays-within-the-play
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