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Tanghalang Ateneo’s ‘Middle Finger,’ Fine Arts Black Box Theater, until August 22

MIDDLE Finger,” Han Ong’s acclaimed adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s controversial coming-of-age classic drama “Spring Awakening,” is translated into Filipino by Ronan B. Capinding and presented by Tanghalang Ateneo under Ed Lacson Jr.’s direction. Venue is Ateneo's Fine Arts Black Box Theater

Set in the United States, the play centers on four young Filipino-American high school students who seek their identities in a world dominated by the repressive authority of adults. This play was first produced by Tanghalang Ateneo in 2007.

Call 0916-4802195, e-mail ta.mpc78@gmail.com, visit www.tanghalangateneo.org or www.facebook.com/TanghalangAteneo

Red Turnip Theater’s ‘Rabbit Hole,’ Whitespace Makati, until August 31

Topper Fabregas makes his directorial debut with the 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Rabbit Hole” by David LindsayAbaire, about a couple coping with the heartbreaking loss of their son.

The Red Turnip production stars Agot Isidro, Michael Williams, Che Ramos Cosio, Sheila Francisco and Ross Pesigan.

“Rabbit Hole” runs all weekends of August at Whitespace, 2314 Chino Roces Ave. Extension (formerly Pasong Tamo Extension), Makati.

Visit www.facebook.com/ RedTurnipTheater, e-mail redturniptheater@gmail.com; or call/visit Ticketworld 8919999, www.ticketworld.com.ph

Peta’s ‘Rak of Aegis,’ Peta Theater Center, until Aug. 31

Peta’s blockbuster “Rak of Aegis,” a new Pinoy musical-comedy featuring the music of the legendary pop-rock band Aegis, is back and ongoing until Aug. 31 at Peta Theater Center, Quezon City.

The cast, led by Isay Alvarez-Seña, Robert Seña, Aicelle Santos and Myke Salomon, has been beefed up with new members such as Arnell Ignacio, OJ Mariano and Kim Molina, along with a mix of seasoned and upcoming theater talents.

“Rak of Aegis” is directed by Peta artistic director Maribel Legarda and written by Liza Magtoto, with musical arrangement and direction by actor-musician Myke Salomon.

Call 7256244, 4100821-22 and 0917-5765400; or e-mail petatheater@gmail.com.

OPENING

9 Works Theatrical’s ‘The Last Five Years’, Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, Aug. 9-31

ON ITS fifth year, 9 Works Theatrical presents Jason Robert Brown’s Off-Broadway hit musical “The Last Five Years,” starring Nikki Gil and Joaquin Valdes in a production directed by Robbie Guevara.

The show runs August 9-31 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Makati City.

Call 0917-5545560 or Ticketworld 8919999, or e-mail info@9workstheatrical.com.

Philippine Drama Company’s ‘Panhik Ligaw,’ Barangay Kapitolyo Function Hall, Aug. 10

The Philippine Drama Company, founded by 92-year-old Philippine theater legend Naty Crame Rogers, is relaunching itself starting Aug. 10 after a hiatus of two years with “Panhik Ligaw,” a Filipino adaptation by D. Habito of Anton Chekhov's “The Marriage Proposal.”

The play features Paula David, Kenn Cayunda, Danny Escasa, Florina Castillo and Crame-Rogers herself in certain performances.

Call 0917-3146003 or visit The Philippine Drama Company on FB.

Repertory Philippines’ ‘Pinocchio,’ Onstage Greenbelt 1, Aug. 16-Dec. 13

Repertory Philippines’ Children’s Theater presents a musical adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s  book “Pinocchio”—the adaptation and lyrics by Jim Eiler and music by Eiler and Jeanne Bargy. Joy Virata directs.

Six talented young actors have been chosen to play Pinocchio over the show’s four-month run: Albert Silos, Andee Achacoso, Daniel Drilon, Guido Gatmaytan, Noel Comia Jr. and Sofia Wong.

All performances at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City.

Call 8433570, 5550082, 4511474, 5848458, 4511796 or Ticketworld 8919999, e-mail inquiry@repertoryphilippines.com or visit www.repertoryphilippines.com.

Dulaang UP’s ‘Measure for Measure’/‘Hakbang sa Hakbang,’ Guerrero Theater, Aug. 20-Sept. 7

Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” opens Dulaang UP's 39th season in an English-language production as well as a Filipino one featuring Ron Capinding's Filipino adaptation “Hakbang sa Hakbang,” under Alexander Cortez’s direction.

The play, which examines notions of justice, morality, love, power and forgiveness against a backdrop of a city in a steady moral decline, runs Aug. 20-Sept. 7 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2/F, Palma Hall, UP-Diliman.

Call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara 9261349, 4337840, or 9818500 local 2449, or e-mail dulaangupmarketing@gmail.com.

Project Mayheim Productions’ “Ba-wal: Mga Dulang Bagong Luwal,” ISO complex (Ateneo Campus), Sept. 5-14

PROJECT Mayheim Productions, an organization  of young thespians, mostly from The University of The Philippines, under the tutelage of professional Filipino theater artists, presents its first Offering, “Ba-wal: Mga Dulang Bagong Luwal.”

The twinbill production features “Katre” by Christian Tordecillas and “Over My Dead Body” by Christian Dagsil, to be directed by Dulaang UP alumnus Fitz Edward Bitana, who is also the artistic director of Project Mayheim.

The plays run Sept. 5-14 at  ISO complex,Ateneo Campus, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

Call 0915-6758150 or Daphne Tingcungco 0927-2390412/Servile Arriola 0917-6000161.

‘Noli Me Tangere: The Opera,’ Resorts World Manila’s Newport Performing Arts Theater, Sept. 11-28

JS PRODUCTIONS Inc., in cooperation with Resorts World Manila, is bringing “Noli Me Tangere: The Opera” in Manila after its American run in New York and Washington D.C.

Written by two Philippine National Artists, composer Felipe de Leon and librettist Guillermo Tolentino, “Noli” will have for its Manila production Sal Malaki as Crisostomo Ibarra and Rachelle Gerodias as Maria Clara, with Ivan Nery and Myramae Meneses as their alternates.

Spearheaded by Fil-Am philanthropist Loida Nicolas Lewis and executive producer Jerry Sibal, “Noli Me Tangere: The Opera” will run Sept. 11-28 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila.

Call 8997938 or 39, or visit www.facebook. com/nolioperamanila

Atlantis Productions’ ‘Shrek, The Musical,’ Meralco Theater, Sept. 19-Oct. 12

“SHREK, The Musical,” with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori, will play at the Meralco Theater on Sept. 19-Oct. 12 under Bobby Garcia’s direction for his Atlantis Productions.

Based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book “Shrek!” and the Oscar-winning Dreamworks animated film, the musical brings the beloved characters of Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey et. al. to life. The original production opened on Broadway in December 2008 and was followed by a revamped production in London’s West End in 2011.

Tickets are now on sale at Ticketworld 8919999 or www.ticketworld.com.ph


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