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‘The Last Five Years’–heartbreak that sears and soars

andNikki Gil in
“The Last 5 Years”

After the initial bliss and the endless promises of love, when does a couple finally call it quits? At what point do they (or one of them, anyway) say it’s over?

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

Nikki Gil and Joaquin Valdes share love, heartbreak–and 90 minutes of pure song–in ‘The Last 5 Years’

NIKKI Gil and Joaquin Valdes play onstage couple Cathy Hyatt and Jamie

JAMIE WELLERSTEIN, a struggling writer, meets equally struggling actor Cathy Hyatt in New York. They fall in love and build a life together, but somewhere along the way the relationship falls apart. In the end, they choose to go their separate ways.

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

How Joaquin Valdes and I became a true tandem in ‘Red’

ACTOR’S Actors Inc.’s production of John Logan’s “Red” will have a rerun on
Aug. 23-24, 7:30 p.m. at Teatrino, Greenhills, for the benefit of the UP School of
Economics Alumni Association and the UPSE Class of ’88. Bart Guingona directs and top bills the play, along with Joaquin Valdes.

I had never really known Joaquin Pedro Valdes personally until I had him read for the part of Ken in John Logan’s “Red.” He was the last in a line of would-be Kens, each of whom was lacking in some way. Sure, I had seen him as a child actor in Trumpets’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” but I had never really said anything to him before beyond a postperformance “Congrats!”

Posted: August 10th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Playing ‘Red’: ‘If we get it right, it will be an unforgettable night of communion in the theater’–Bart Guingona


In his early years, before he became one of the leading figures of abstract expressionism in the last century, Mark Rothko had a short-lived career in theater.

Posted: February 16th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Seeing ‘Red’–art, passion and madness in a brilliant play


RED” by John Logan is a play that won almost every major theatrical award in London when it premiered in 2009, then repeated the feat in New York when it opened the following year.

Posted: February 10th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »