Imagine an apocalyptic world where all sinners wear leather, politicians look like Gloria, and Sam Concepcion is God. That’s where the story begins in Trumpets’ N.O.A.H. (No Ordinary Aquatic Habitat)

In this modern, musical retelling of the famous biblical tale, Noah (stage veteran Carlo Orosa), is handpicked by God to build an ark for being the only righteous man left on Earth. Going on board with him are his gastronomically-inept wife (stage actress Sheila Francisco) and his three sons Shem, Ham and Japheth (real-life brothers Marek, Enzo and Luis Sison). And of course, we all know what follows.

 As far as cutesy kiddie productions go, this one feels like a school play. The show’s at its best when it gets the audience involved (pre-selected members are made to wear animal masks and pose as extras onstage), and at its worst in its feeble attempts at puns (The ark’s resident pigs are named Chi Charone and Bob Boy. Get it? Bob Boy?).

 But amidst all the cloying pageantry, the show still manages to conjure up a smile or two. And the real scene-stealers are the talented Sison brothers, who could all pass as shrunken Rayver Cruz clones.

 N.O.A.H. (No Ordinary Aquatic Habitat): Now showing at Meralco Theater from September 4 to 27. Watch it with the kids.

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