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Wit, pathos–and pointed questions–in ‘Flipzoids’

MAXWELL Corpuz and Becca Godinez in “Flipzoids,” directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera RAUL MONTESA

The peeling wall paint and crumbling papier–mâché ornaments in the Music Museum’s lobby may have been an indication of the state of its lighting systems. But it was most likely the aftereffects of Typhoon “Glenda” (which had left Manila only the night before) that caused the lights to go off three-fourths into GODinUs Productions’ opening night of “Flipzoids.”

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

How much of the playwrights’ lives go into their work?

DELPHINE Buencamino and Topper Fabregas in Dingdong Novenario’s “Wendy Wants To Be a Housewife,” directed by Joshua Lim So.  DENNIS MARASIGAN

While I sat quietly in the front row of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Huseng Batute, still reeling from the mix of amusement and shock at the opening scene of Joy Ann Icayan’s “Last Ten Minutes,” my seatmate muttered, “writer na naman” when it was revealed that Eric, the protagonist in this dissection of sadness of promiscuity set inside a motel room, was an author of romance novels.

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

10 years of the Virgin Labfest–why it matters

REUNION of Virgin Labfest participants on the festival’s 10th year—ChrisMillado, Nanding Josef, Rody Vera, Nicolas Pichay, Tuxqs Rutaquio, Layeta Bucoy, LizaMagtoto, Glenn Sevilla Mas, Allan Lopez, Auraeus Solito, Dingdong Novenario, Joshua Lim So, Job Pagsibigan, Alvin Dacanay, Alex Dorola Yasuda,Oggie Arcenas, Em Mendez, et al. ALEX DOROLA YASUDA

The first time former Tanghalang Pilipino artistic director Herbie Go and I talked about doing “something that we really, really want to do” was just after a Tokyo-held Asian theater collaboration we both participated in (with director Jose Estrella).

Posted: June 28th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

‘The Price of Everything’ at Peta Studios July 10

BRITISH performer and provocateur Daniel Bye

The Peta Theater Center, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and British Council Philippines present “The Price of Everything” by British performer Daniel Bye on Thursday, July 10, 7 p.m., at the Peta Studios.

Posted: June 28th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

6 new National Artists named; Nora Aunor snubbed

Cirilo F. Bautista, Alice Reyes, Ramon Santos

Malacañang released the list of the new National Artists late Friday night but one name was conspicuously missing.

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »