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In ‘Ghost The Musical,’ something is really dead

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CHRISTIAN Bautista as Sam and Cris Villonco asMolly in Atlantis Productions’ “Ghost The Musical,” directed by Bobby Garcia

Musicals based on movies are a tricky concoction, mainly because it’s rather impossible to predict that balance between faithfulness to the material and new creative input that would guarantee a respectable adaptation, if not a first-rate hit.

Posted: May 3rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Theater | Read More »

‘Games People Play’: Power in simplicity

Almonte and Abner Delina Jr.
in Glenn Sevilla Mas’ “Games
People Play,” directed by Ed

Remember that story about the fair-skinned, virginal girl with the evil stepmother whose talking mirror has dreams of becoming a Miss Universe pageant judge? How about the one with the girl in supposedly eternal sleep, who can be awakened only by the kiss of a stranger? And the farm boy who scales a beanstalk and earns the ire of a giant apparently living in the stratosphere?

Posted: April 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

‘Cock’ teases with pulsing energy

NICCOLOManahan, Topper Fabregas and Jenny Jamora, along with Audie Gemora, star in Red Turnip Theater’s “Cock.”
The show runs until April 6 at Whitespace, Chino Roces Avenue Exit, Makati City. PHOTOS BY RAUL MONTESA

A mere kilometer from the Magallanes MRT station, in a nondescript building called Whitespace, a play of diminutive scale rages with astonishing explosive power, one that ravages the robust human façade and inflicts damaging blow after blow upon the fragile emotional soul.

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

‘Toilet: The Musical’–far from perfect, but Ejay Yatco’s music shines

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SCENE from Ateneo Blue
Repertory’s “Toilet: The Musical”—music and lyricsby Ejay Yatco, book by Bym Buhain and Miyo Sta. Maria,and direction by Yatco and Buhain  LARA L. ANTONIO

The experience of watching Ateneo Blue Repertory’s “Toilet: The Musical” (which concluded March 1 after a three-week run) approximated that of sitting in the middle of a Bornean rainforest, at three in the afternoon in May, to see some cool animals appear.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Theater | Read More »

‘August: Osage County’ Repertory Philippines, directed by Chris Millado

RICHARD Cunanan, Kenneth Moraleda, Pinky Amador, Baby
Barredo, Tami Monsod and Sheila Francisco in a scene from
“August: Osage County” ERICKSON DELA CRUZ II

“August: Osage County,” the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by actor-writer Tracy Letts, is set in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, a speck of a town of less than 4,000 people somewhere in the Great American Plains. The state is just north of Texas, so it’s perfectly acceptable to assume that they must speak in a sort of Southern accent there.

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