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Live Most Live: The earliest of these plays is dated April 4, 1937 and the latest December 7, 1953. They are the 11 plays, short and long, that their playwright loves best of his many one- and three-act plays and they are here for the first time gathered together. With this volume, Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero completes the job of putting between book-covers the plays that he cares enough for to want to save them. These plays belong to a body of work that represents the longest sustained effort of Filipino dramatic writing in English. Reading them again while recalling their first and subsequent performances, one is struck by the fact that they are truly what they are and most effective and memorable as performances rather than as printed text: they are more alive on the boards that on the page: the language come most most alive with the intimated gesture -- they live most live. Reading them again, one realized that finally we have caught up with their author. When Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero wrote his earlier plays, he was writing ahead of hist ime: one discovers how much he foreknew and anticipated- he wrote without relief and we didn't know it as a black humor, absurd plays long before out theatre of the absurd was realized. Indeed, we have caught up with Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero, also, he has amply demonstrated in his theatre, Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero has at last caught up with us. - Francisco A. Acellana
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