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COUNT THEM—22 productions in just the first five months of the year, from the small two-character drama (“Red”) to the all-stops-out musical extravaganza (“Ibalong,” “Katy”). Local theater is at its most prolific and exciting in years; and so, before the last days of summer ring the curtain down on the old season to usher in the new by June—and with memory the only antidote to the ephemeral nature of theater—we thought we’d look back and salute the performances that lit up the stage and occasioned cheers in the previous months.
By Totel V. de Jesus
This summer, why not bring theater appreciation to the next level by learning how to act? Various theater groups are conducting acting workshops—basic and advance—fit for children, teenagers and adults.
By Totel V. de Jesus
The last time we witnessed Audie Gemora on stage, he was a serial killer-barber in Repertory Philippines’ “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (2009), expertly slashing the throats of clueless customers whose flesh then became the main ingredient in pies that London feasted on.
REPERTORY PHILIPPINES presents “No Way To Treat A Lady,” a musical comedy-thriller based on the 1964 novel of the same name by William Goldman, which was made into a motion picture in 1968.
Repertory Philippines proudly announces its second offering for the year 2013 with “ No Way To Treat A Lady ” a musical comedy thriller with book, music and lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen based on the best-selling novel and renowned movie by William Goldman.
In these times of pirated DVDs, torrents, iPad apps and smartphones, going to the theater to watch a play or a musical is something not a lot of teenagers and young people like to do—but should. It doesn’t just promote love for music, arts and performance, it also develops focus, since a lot of people from today’s generation have short attention spans.
By Walter Ang
Theater actor and director Audie Gemora has released “Playlist,” a music CD where he performs his favorite Broadway tunes. Busy with running Triumphant People’s Evangelistic Theatre Society (Trumpets) and its sister company Stages Productions Specialists (currently co-staging “Peter Pan” with Repertory Philippines), Gemora is also seen on TV as one of the resident judges of [...]
By Gibbs Cadiz
The last time Tanghalang Pilipino staged the Cayabyab-Lumbera musical-theater adaptation of Rizal’s novel “Noli Me Tangere,” the result was vastly underwhelming. Paul Morales’ 2005 production featured one forlorn piano as live accompaniment, uniformly unmiked voices, a gargantuan set that cramped everything else on stage, and listless direction which rendered Rizal’s convoluted tale more ponderous than [...]
By Shirley O. Lua
Joining the nationwide celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. José Rizal, Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) restaged “Noli Me Tangere: The Musical.” The theater company, with 25 years of unparalleled repertoire, first staged “Noli” in 1994, under the direction of Nonon Padilla. Based on the 1887 novel of Rizal, the libretto is written by National [...]
By Walter Ang
Tanghalang Pilipino celebrates its 25th season by opening in August with José Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere,” in commemoration of the National Hero’s sesquicentennial. To be directed by Audie Gemora with pop singers Mark Bautista and Gian Magdangal alternating as Crisostomo Ibarra and Cris Villonco as Maria Clara, the musical’s libretto is by National Artist for [...]
By Amadís Ma. Guerrero
Here comes again that boy who didn’t want to grow up—Peter Pan—darker and more rebellious this time, backed up by an imported, hi-tech flying machine which threatens to sweep through the heavens. His whimsical story has been retold in a new London production—“Peter Pan—A Musical Adventure”—by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and the late Willis [...]