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‘The Country Wife’ works better as ‘Ang Misis Kong Promdi’

SCENE from Dulaang
UP’s “The Country
Wife”/“Ang Misis Kong
Promdi,” directed by
Tony Mabesa; set design
by Clint Ramos and
costumes by Eric Pineda

For its fourth offering this season, Dulaang UP mounted William Wycherley’s “The Country Wife,” one of the most popular comedies from the Restoration Period, which takes a look into the decadent lives of the men and women of high-society London and their all-too-human foibles. This is the first time the play has been staged in the country.

Posted: December 6th, 2014 in Headlines,Theater | Read More »

Period sex farce ‘The Country Wife’ up next from Dulaang UP

MARTHA Comia: “Sir Tony [Mabesa] is very strict, but he also likes to
make us laugh! One time I forgot one of his instructions and he said to
me, ‘Ano ba yan? You used to be bright, di ba? What happened?’”

Who will get pinched when a womanizer who pretends to be impotent (in order to get the married women, of course), meets an “innocent” and newly married woman who hails from the province? Expect a sex farce and comedy of manners to ensue from that premise.

Posted: November 8th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

DUP mounts PH premier of William Wycherley’s ‘The Country Wife/Ang Misis Kong Promdi’

Martha Comia in DUP’s “The Country Wife/Ang Misis Kong Promdi”. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE/Dulaang UP

MANILA, Philippines—Dulaang UP’s next offering for its 39th season is “The Country Wife,” a play in five acts written by William Wycherley in 1675.   A classic comedy of manners and hugely popular during the Restoration Period, it satirizes hypocrisy and human judgment that dominated the Puritan Regime—issues that are still faced by contemporary society. […]

Posted: November 5th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Somber and thoughtful, if less than truly powerful

SCENE from
“Pahimakas sa
Isang Ahente,”
directed by
Chris Millado

Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente” has got to be one of the longest straight (meaning nonmusical) staged dramas in recent history. Clocking at nearly four hours, it’s a bittersweet tale of a once charismatic and perpetually optimistic man on the verge of losing his dreams, his soul and his family (in a manner of speaking).

Posted: October 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Theater | Read More »

DUP’s latest musical ‘Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini’ opens Oct. 1

Roeder Camañag is Apolinario Mabini. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Dulaang UP

Dulaang UP’s 3rd offering for its 39th season, “Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini” is a full-length musical with book and lyrics by Floy Quintos, and direction and choreography by Dexter M. Santos.

Posted: September 28th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »