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Chris Millado on Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’: ‘You cannot not do it’

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CLOCKWISE from top: Gina Pareño as Linda Loman (alternating with Raquel
Pareño),Nanding Josef as Willy Loman (alternating with Jonathan Tadioan),
RicardoMagno as Happy and Yul Servo as Biff (alternating with Marco Viaña)

“There is a shifting of emotions in this play; emotions not easy to internalize. There is an American element, but during rehearsals this becomes universal. May mga umiyak. The actors would sometimes cry during rehearsals because they were affected by the situation they were rehearsing, and relating it to their own stories.”

Posted: September 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

25 landmark plays of Philippine theater

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“OROSMAN at Zafira,” the 2008 reimagined dance theater production directed by Dexter Santos for Dulaang UP, based on the original text
by Francisco Baltazar. Deviating from the standard komedya where the conflict is between theMoros and the Cristianos, this verse play is
about warring kingdoms in the Middle East.

A recent list by Entertainment Weekly of the best plays of the last 100 years prompted a timely question from the Script Analysis class I am conducting for the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company: Why is there no such list for Philippine theater?

Posted: August 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Sheila Francisco gets her ‘once in a lifetime’ dream to hold a concert

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AS BLOODYMary in the 2001 Royal National Theatre
production of “South Pacific,” directed by TrevorNunn
UK PRODUCTIONS

Sheila Francisco’s upcoming first solo concert, “Once in a Lifetime,” has been a long-time dream of hers. For years, the seasoned theater actress has been keeping a journal where she jots down songs for a possible line-up, in case she gets to have her own show.

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

From a 16-year-old novice playwright to Palanca winners–why the Virgin Labfest has become a theater oasis

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THE CAST of “Ang Goldfish ni Professor Dimaandal,” by Eljay Deldoc

As it celebrates its 10th year, the Virgin Labfest should perhaps rethink defining itself as just a festival of untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged plays. It is all that—but, more importantly, the Labfest has become an oasis for the Filipino playwright, whether fledgling or not.

Posted: June 21st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

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

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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 »

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