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Cold, unforgiving truths in a beautifully depressing ‘Rabbit Hole’

AGOT Isidro
as Becca in
“Rabbit Hole”

There is much to praise in Red Turnip Theater’s “Rabbit Hole”—one of the trifecta of “beautifully depressing,” emotionally searing shows playing in Manila this month, the other two being the exquisitely mounted productions of Han Ong’s “Middle Finger” (by Tanghalang Ateneo) and Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five Years” (by 9 Works Theatrical).

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

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 »