Poet, journalist, and critic Luis Francia’s work usually breathes slowly through the politics of Filipino nationalism, often as creative nonfiction that’s more wrapped up in personal identity. In Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, he says, “Out of love, and even out of self-preservation, I hold my Manila in its niche, in my own peculiar history, a city no less tangible than that encountered in the real world, a Manila also of the imagination,” admitting a complex understanding of a city he characterizes once with “sex with prepubescents in the afternoons, and salvagings at night.” In his two-act play and world premiere, The Strange Case of Citizen de la Cruz, Francia has a sharper edge. We watch the docile protagonist with a sexual dysfunction find the sexual and the savage in himself as he evolves into a risk-taking government agent. Francia takes a less sentimental approach in presenting a satire that deals with the radical nationalism permeating Philippine politics.
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