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The Diana Vreeland set that got its own applause? That’s by Joey Mendoza

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“FULL Gallop” set rendering. “It needs to have a sense of humor, I think,” says Mendoza. “The set, like Vreeland, while at first might seem intimidating, is actually warm and funny.”

It isn’t every day that a set design receives applause from an audience.

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

Tuxqs Rutaquio sings, acts, directs, designs sets and costumes–and collects toys

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THE COLLECTION began in 2004 with an Incredible Hulk action figure. Now Tuxqs Rutaquio has over a hundred toys in his shelf, most of them in mint condition

‘I have over a hundred toys in my shelf, most of them in mint condition, never taken out of the boxes. Some are loose for display,” says Tuxqs Rutaquio.

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

Hey, Madame Producers!

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GIRLIE Rodis and Celeste Legaspi. RICHARD REYES

Following the Edsa People Power Revolution in February 1986, the theater industry underwent changes. The Cultural Center of the Philippines saw the exit of Bulwagang Gantimpala (now Gantimpala Theater) and Teatro Pilipino from the complex, and the birth of CCP’s resident theater company Tanghalang Pilipino. Gantimpala and TP are still alive and kicking.

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

Lito Casaje, recovering from the Big C, directs ‘No Exit’

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“No Exit,” by French playwright Jean-Paul Sartre, depicts three deceased characters in the afterlife, punished by being locked into a room together for eternity. It is the source of Sartre’s often misinterpreted quote, “L’enfer, c’est les autres,” or “Hell is other people.”

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

‘Rak of Aegis’–fitful narrative, heart-rending music

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SCENE from Peta’s “Rak of Aegis,” directed by Maribel Legarda

Myke Salomon is able to break apart Celso Abenoja’s compositions for seminal rock band Aegis into fun and sometimes funny new arrangements in Philippine Educational Theater Association’s “Rak of Aegis,” which is running at Peta Theater Center until March 9.

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

Two Filipinos, one Fil-Am cast in Disney Cruise Line shows

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STANDING: Rhina Echivarre. Seated: Charley Magalit and Baden Silva

Two Filipinos have been cast in the onboard shows of Fantasy, one of several Disney Cruise Line ships. They begin performances by the second quarter of this year.

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

‘Wait Until Dark’–sensual, suspenseful, tightly cast show

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Upon entering the theater, one notices an annoying crack of light that seeps through one side of a door, glaring at the audience, on the set of Repertory Philippines’ staging of “Wait Until Dark.”

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Toilet: The Musical’–a new original Filipino production from Ateneo Blue Repertory

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Ateneo Blue Repertory is staging its first original musical this February, written and composed by Ejay Yatco.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Annie Luis is first Filipino performer at the Beijing Opera

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ANNIE LUIS, first Filipino graduate of the Peking Opera Performance program of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts

Annie Luis is the first Filipino graduate of the Peking Opera Performance program of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. She completed the program in 2008 and proceeded to finish a master’s degree in Directing Traditional Chinese Theatre.

Posted: January 11th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Luha,’ ‘Basang Basa sa Ulan’–yes, it’s a watery world for Peta’s ‘Rak of Aegis’

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MIO INFANTE, scenographer for Peta’s upcoming “Rak of Aegis.” This year, he also did the production design for “The Bluebird of Happiness” and “Grease.”

The music of the popular Filipino band “Aegis” will be featured in Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (Peta) staging of its original jukebox musical “Rak of Aegis.”

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Maxie The Musicale’ –long and loud, but heartwarming

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In Bit by Bit Company’s “Maxie The Musicale,” the irrepressibly ebullient Jayvhot Galang as Maxie and the impossibly handsome Jojo Riguerra as Victor, the policeman that Maxie has a crush on, cut striking, beautiful figures on stage.

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

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