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Sleight-of-hand humor keeps audience laughing in ‘Noises Off’

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SCENES from Repertory Philippines’ “Noises Off,” which stars FrancesMakil-Ignacio, LorenzMartinez, Paul Holme, Sheila Valderrama-Martinez, Carla Guevara-Lafortesa et al.,
directed byMiguel Faustmann

It is only in the second act of Repertory Philippines’ “Noises Off” that the production hits its stride. That’s when you hear the well-earned laughter coming from the audience. It’s like a cork has been lifted, and the wine finally gets poured.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Valiant but callow performances in a very dark ‘No Exit’

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SCENE from Dramatis Personae’s “No Exit,” directed by Lito Casaje

First, let’s get this off the bat: Dramatis Personae and artistic director Lito Casaje should be commended for co-producing, along with the French Embassy, Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit,” which recently played for one night at the Rajah Sulayman Theater in Fort Santiago.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Cherie Gil captures essence of Diana Vreeland in ‘Full Gallop’

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CHERIE Gil as fashion doyenne Diana
Vreeland in “Full Gallop,” which has
closing performances this weekend
at the RCBC Theater,Makati City

Actors are tasked to be chameleons; their success lies in disappearing within the roles. If the actor is not a good performer and fails to deliver, the audience easily picks up the lack of authenticity, and the bond and rapport between them is broken. Soon enough, you hear stifled yawns from the seats.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Baby Barredo on Bibot Amador: ‘It was a platonic relationship’

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BABY Barredo (with Pinky Amador in a scene from “August: Osage County”): “We stuck to
our guns ... [Rep is] now 46 years old; never did we import an actor to play a lead role. Today,
there is so much theater—and practically all the founders are from Rep.”

The raves are still pouring in, even as Repertory Philippines’ “August: Osage County” is on its last weekend. The lion’s share of the praise goes to Baby Barredo, the company’s cofounder, artistic director and now the play’s main performer after an absence of more than a decade. Barredo remains at the top of her game at 72—an age she is not ashamed to admit.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

All in the family–for better or for worse

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CELESTE Legaspi,
Robert Arevalo and
Marco Viaña in a
scene from “Mga
Ama, Mga Anak”
ERICKSON DELA CRUZ II

The challenge of making a venerated work relevant, interesting and engaging to viewers born in a different time always keeps a director and his creative team on their toes. Revisionism—where the director and his creative team edit text, alter passages and make contemporary entire settings—can make the transition easier for young viewers.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

From Boublil-Schonberg, ‘a musical show for Filipinos by Filipinos’

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THE TWO-NIGHT benefit concert “Do You Hear the People Sing?” at Resorts World Manila, topbilled by Lea Salonga, David Harris and Marie Zamora. Its first night alone raised P24 million for “Yolanda” survivors. COLIN ALEXANDER KERR

It was not the typical benefit concert where the usual star-studded cast offered their talents for a worthy cause.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Dulaang UP’s ‘Teatro Porvenir’: Revolution immortalized through art

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TIM Dacanay’s “Teatro Porvenir,” directed by Alexander Cortez for Dulaang UP

With the numerous plays today celebrating Andres Bonifacio’s sesquicentennial, Dulaang UP tries a different approach with Tim Dacanay’s Palanca-award winning play, the full title of which is “Teatro Porvenir: Ang Katangi-tanging Kasaysayan ni Andres Bonifacio, Macario Sakay at Aurelio Tolentino sa Entabalado.”

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

How theater transformed Angeli Bayani into the toast of Cannes

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ANGELI Bayani: “The international [stints] resurrected my passion for storytelling. You fight to tell your story the best way that you can.”

Two moments are etched forever in the mind of indie film star Angeli Bayani, who is riding the twin waves of success brought about by the international acclaim surrounding her two films: Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo” and Lav Diaz’s “Norte: Hangganan ng Kasaysayan.”

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle,Theater | Read More »

Bart Guingona, Irma Adlawan, Nonie Buencamino–they all began in campus theater

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TANGHALANG Ateneo’s “Sintang Dalisay,” 2011, directed by
Ricardo Abad

Some students may regard it as a hobby until they graduate, while others see it as a bona fide drama course for a long-term career. Regardless of its practitioners’ motivations, the recent developments in university-based theater organizations have transformed campus theater into a serious training ground for students’ professional, intellectual and moral growth once they leave the academe.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Theater | Read More »

Somber ‘Closer’

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MARC Abaya as would-be novelist and obituary “journalist” Dan, and Cris Villonco as stripper Alice.

There is much to laud in Red Turnip Theater’s maiden production “Closer,” directed by one of its founders, veteran actress Ana Abad Santos.

Posted: October 12th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Maxie The Musicale’ –‘It’s the movie but not the movie’

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Darwin Mariano and Carlo Francia (producers), JJ Pimpinio, Janine Santos and William Elvin Manzano (composers), Nicolas Pichay (playwright and lyricist) and Dexter Santos (director-choreographer)

Curtains will open a month from now, but the buzz has it that theater showbuyers have been lining up for months to get a piece of the action. The main attraction is “Maxie The Musicale,” a stage adaptation of the indie film hit “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros.”

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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