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The dark, seductive power of ‘Venus in Fur’

JENNIFER Blair-Bianco
andDavidBianco in
The Necessary
Theatre’s “Venus
in Fur,” directed by
Bart Guingona

If there is any one quality that embodies the productions that The Necessary Theatre stage—and most of these plays are directed by cofounder Bart Guingona—it is that they make you think.

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Theater | Read More »

Up next for Bart Guingona: ‘Venus in Fur’

JENNIFER and David Bianco

“Venus in Fur” takes the audience to a theater audition where an actress and director compete for dominance through sexual power play and seduction, in the process blurring the lines between reality and sexual fantasy.

Posted: July 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Ribbing, repartee and remembering at the 6th Gawad Buhay!


In his speech during the Philstage Gawad Buhay 2013 Awards held last week at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Chris Millado, the artistic director of that institution, hailed the event as more of a “celebration” and “not a competition.”

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Theater | Read More »

Zsa Zsa Padilla celebrates 50th birthday with Conrad Onglao

ZSA ZSA Padilla prepares to blow the birthday cake with 50 candles, with daughters Karylle and Zia behind her, and Conrad Onglao before her.  PHOTOS CATHY RODRIGUEZ

To be clear and honest, I wasn’t there at last Sunday’s dinner hosted by Conrad Onglao for his love, Zsa Zsa Padilla. I was in another sweet couple’s milestone affair, the 30th wedding anniversary celebration of Chito and Anna Sobrepeña.

Posted: June 8th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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

“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 »