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Somber and thoughtful, if less than truly powerful

By
SCENE from
“Pahimakas sa
Isang Ahente,”
directed by
Chris Millado
GIBBS CADIZ

Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente” has got to be one of the longest straight (meaning nonmusical) staged dramas in recent history. Clocking at nearly four hours, it’s a bittersweet tale of a once charismatic and perpetually optimistic man on the verge of losing his dreams, his soul and his family (in a manner of speaking).

Posted: October 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Theater | Read More »

‘The Last Five Years’–heartbreak that sears and soars

By
JOAQUIN Valdes
andNikki Gil in
“The Last 5 Years”
SYLVETH ONG-IKO

After the initial bliss and the endless promises of love, when does a couple finally call it quits? At what point do they (or one of them, anyway) say it’s over?

Posted: August 23rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Tanghalang Ateneo’s ‘Middle Finger’–to be young, Fil-Am and lost

By
TANGHALANG
Ateneo’s
production of Han
Ong’s “Middle
Finger,” translated
into Filipino by Ron
Capinding, is
directed by Ed
Lacson Jr.
CHRISTINE CHUNG

“Middle Finger.” We’re not sure about the imagery and related context that Filipino-American playwright Han Ong had in mind when he made it the title of his stunning, disturbing work, but after viewing Tanghalang Ateneo’s (TA) interpretation of the play last weekend, we get the drift.

Posted: August 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

The dark, seductive power of ‘Venus in Fur’

By
JENNIFER Blair-Bianco
andDavidBianco in
The Necessary
Theatre’s “Venus
in Fur,” directed by
Bart Guingona
MARY GRACE FIRMEZA

If there is any one quality that embodies the productions that The Necessary Theatre stage—and most of these plays are directed by cofounder Bart Guingona—it is that they make you think.

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Theater | Read More »

The artists win the round this time in Floy Quintos’ ‘Fluid’

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theater

In whatever shape or form, the starving, honest artist who loses his battle against a more commercial world—in his lifetime, anyway—has become a favorite-topic-cum-stereotype in many plays and movies.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Theater | Read More »

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