Theater calendar, March-April 2017
John Pielmeier’s play about a young nun who gives birth but has no recollection of her pregnancy, and the battle of wits between her mother superior and a court-appointed psychiatrist, was first staged by Repertory Philippines in 1983, with Pinky Amador as the young nun Agnes. Now Amador is playing the mother superior, with Rebecca Coates as Agnes and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as the psychiatrist, in Bart Guingona’s new staging.
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Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group brings back its acclaimed production of the Tony-winning musical “Fun Home,” starring Lea Salonga, for a 12-performance repeat run on March 10-19. The musical also stars Eric Kunze, Cris Villonco, Mikkie Bradshaw, et al., under Bobby Garcia’s direction. Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, “Fun Home” received five Tonys in 2015, including Best Musical, and was hailed by the New York Times as “the best new musical to open on Broadway.”
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Peta’s smash original musical, about Filipino caregivers in Israel who also moonlight as drag-queen performers, returns with a mix of veteran and fresh talents: Melvin Lee, Vince de Jesus, Buddy Caramat, Ricci Chan, et al., from the original staging six years ago, and Red Concepcion, Gio Gajol, Ron Alfonso, Sherry Lara, et al. as new cast members. Book by Liza Magtoto, music and lyrics by Vince de Jesus, and direction by Maribel Legarda.
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The spectacular Broadway musical returns to Manila, this time with a West End cast headlined by Jacqueline Hughes as Elphaba and Carly Anderson as Glinda. “Wicked” first premiered in Manila at Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2014, where it had a successful seven-week run, attracting sell-out audiences. The current run has announced a final extension of eight shows until March 19.
Red Turnip Theater presents the Asian premiere of Jennifer Haley’s sci-fi crime drama “The Nether,” about an investigator looking into possible cases of pedophilia and child porn in an evolved version of the internet in the near future, and the ethical questions raised by unfettered virtual lives. The play, directed by Ana Abad Santos, stars TJ Trinidad, Jenny Jamora, Bernardo Bernardo, Alba Berenguer-Testa and Bodjie Pascua.
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The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde presents a Filipino version of “Macbeth” as translated by Rolando Tinio, for a limited run on March 22-April 1, at Black Box Theater of the School of Design and Arts, 950 Pablo Ocampo St., Manila. Directed by Nonon Padilla, the play stars George de Jesus III as Macbeth and Irma Adlawan as Lady Macbeth. Set and costume design is by Gino Gonzales. Bro. Dennis Magbanua, FSC, DLS-CSB president—in his first-ever acting role—will play King Duncan.
“Wit,” Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning one-act play about an English professor coming to terms with her ovarian cancer, is Twin Bill Theater’s next production after its recent “My Name is Asher Lev.” Once again directed by Steven Conde, the play will star Tami Monsod, along with Bibo Reyes, Naths Everett, Sarah Facuri and Raymund Concepcion. Venue is Mandel Hall of Trinity University of Asia at E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City.
Dulaang UP closes its 41st theater season with a new work by veteran playwright Floy Quintos. “Angry Christ” examines the conflicted life of Filipino expat painter Alfonso Ossorio, known for painting the “angry Christ” murals at the St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church inside his family sugar estate in Victorias, Negros Occidental. The play will be directed by DUP artistic director Dexter Santos.
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