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Lack of financing, audience hounds Philippine theater


Modern theater has come a long way in the Philippines since it made its arrival during the American Occupation. But challenges remain, especially the lack of financial wherewithal and support from the state. Then there’s the seeming paucity in audience.

Posted: December 15th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

A starry, spectacular beginning for The Theatre at Solaire


There are theater venues, and there are theater venues. And while the typical stage or concert venue remains a mere element of the actual performance—a location, if you will—to the audience, it can make or break what’s happening right before them.

Posted: December 6th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

6th Philstage Gawad Buhay! complete list of winners

SANTI Santamaria, executive producer of 9Works Theatrical’s “Grease,” leads the cast and creative team in receiving the award for Outstanding Production of Existing Material for aMusical. “Grease” was directed by Robbie Guevara.

      Outstanding Original Libretto Rody Vera, “D’Wonder Twins of Boac” (Peta) Outstanding Translation or Adaptation Rody Vera, “Der Kaufmann” (Tanghalang Pilipino) Outstanding Musical Direction Josefino (Chino) Toledo, “San Andres B” (Tanghalang Pilipino) Outstanding Original Musical Composition Josefino (Chino) Toledo, “San Andres B” (Tanghalang Pilipino) Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production Carlo Pacis, “A […]

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

Social media, for good or ill

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Supertyphoon “Yolanda” showed the best and the worst of social media. In the immediate aftermath, at least, there was none of the irreverent humor that Filipinos are known for, we who make fun of anything and anyone, even and especially our own misfortune. The enormity of the tragedy was such that not even the worst kibitzers on social media had the guts to post any wisecrack.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

The resurrection of the original Filipino musical

BART Guingona and Joaquin Valdes in The Necessary Theater’s “Red,” written by John Logan, directed by Bart Guingona. THE NECESSARY THEATER

When “Katy” opened on Jan. 27 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, not only was it the first local production to raise its curtain this year, it was also a harbinger of sorts.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »