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‘Cock’ teases with pulsing energy

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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

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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 »

What a wicked show!

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LEADING LADIES. Suzie Mathers as Glinda and Jemma Rix as Elphaba

“Spectacle” is the word that best describes “Wicked”— and that’s putting it mildly.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘The Addams Family’: Too bad it closed too soon

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ARNELL Ignacio and Eula Valdes as Gomez and Morticia Addams in Atlantis Productions’ “The Addams Family,” directed by Bobby Garcia

The sad thing about Atlantis Productions’ final show for the year, “The Addams Family,” is that it closed too soon—Dec. 1, after a mere three-weekend run.

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Grease’ is raunchy, gloriously sung–and quite exhausting

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GIAN Magdangal as Danny Zuko and Frencheska Farr as Sandy Dumbrowski

“Sexual tension blows up Makati theater.” Now that’s a rather crass way of summing up 9 Works Theatrical’s “Grease,” but really, inside the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, where this production plays until Dec. 1, the air feels so thick with testosterone and estrogen, it’s almost suffocating.

Posted: November 30th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Mortal and reachable, but still a magical ‘Cinderella’

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“Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, 2” which opened Oct. 10 for a three-month run at the cavernous Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila is not exactly how people would picture a musical based on a children’s fairy tale.

Posted: November 16th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

It’s ‘Carrie’–and it’s a bloody good show

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Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Carrie’s fundamentalist mother Margaret White

Calling the revered American critics and other detractors of the musical adaptation of Stephen King’s “Carrie”: This notorious Broadway flop recently had a three-weekend reincarnation in Manila as Atlantis Productions’ season closer—and boy, was it a bloody good production, pun intended.

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

The long night’s journey into day that is ‘The Bluebird of Happiness’

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MIO INFANTE’S design of the Land of Luxury takes a leaf from “Alice in Wonderland”—all bright colors and ornate props, with a chandelier to rival “The Phantom of the Opera” at the back.

It is easy to dismiss Trumpets’ “The Bluebird of Happiness”—which the Christian theater company dubs its “big musical comeback”—as just another extravagantly fantastical, unrestrainedly colorful kiddie show. When the musical’s first promotional posters were unveiled online some months ago, the central image of two children heading into the bluish unknown with the eponymous bird hovering in a trail of glitter seemed like a black box warning for those allergic to the cutesy, the silly and juvenile.

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

Menchu the Magnificent in one stellar concert

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Singing Jason Robert Brown’s “Stars and the Moon,” an exceptional showcase of
storytelling through song. GIRLIE RODIS

The big revelation during Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo’s concert at the CCP Little Theater last Aug. 15 was that she is actually a woman of three faces.

Posted: August 24th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

This ‘Rock of Ages’ earns its rockin’ ovation

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ATLANTIS Productions’ topnotch vocalists in “Rock of Ages”—first-rate singer-actors, all of them—were fully aware of their main artistic mission, which was to create fun characters.

The New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley, in a 2009 article titled “Want to Applaud a Broadway Show? Don’t Get Up. Really,” lamented the fact that standing ovations these days have become a “reflexive social gesture, like shaking hands with the host at the end of the party,” instead of a genuine postshow manifestation of roaring approval. Plus, “a standing ovation,” he continued, “seems to help confirm that the money wasn’t wasted.”

Posted: August 10th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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