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Old and free


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MENAGERIE of household pets: (clockwise) Upright dachshund, yellow and black dog, lechon, two light blue ducks, turquoise turkey, fat hen with dots. ART BY GCF 2005

Old gives you the right to be cranky, bitchy, bossy, looney–after all, who’s gonna get back at a lame old dame!

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

The resurrection of the original Filipino musical

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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 »

Rody Vera is on a roll

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WRITING for the theater is never final, says the prolific Rody Vera. “It will only be final if I abandon the work, to paraphrase Joseph Conrad.”

Rody Vera is everywhere, and there is no way you can miss him. Just this year, he adapted the Bicolano epic “Ibalong” into a thundering dance-musical for Tanghalang Pilipino; he wrote the libretto for the Ninoy and Cory Aquino tribute musical “Pamana” for the Philippine Educational Theater Association; he transposed Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” into a bittersweet reverie for the bygone studio system of Philippine movies in Peta’s “D’Wonder Twins of Boac”; and, most recently, along with Tuxqs Rutaquio, he fleshed out new ways of looking at the Bard’s “The Merchant of Venice” with a bold reimagining, now called “Der Kaufmann/Ang Negosyante ng Venecia” (the show has remaining performances at CCP’s Little Theater on Saturday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, 3 p.m.).

Posted: October 12th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Der Kaufmann: Ang Negosyante ng Venecia’–terror made all too real

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RAQUEL Pareño and Jonathan Tadioan play incarcerated Jews forced to perform “The Merchant of Venice”

Pardon the language, but there is no other way to describe Tanghalang Pilipino’s staging of “Der Kaufmann: Ang Negosyante ng Venecia” except to say it is a complete mindf**k.

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

How Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ became the twilight of old Pinoy cinema

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England’s Poet Laureate John Masefield once called “Twelfth Night” “the happiest and one of the loveliest of all Shakespeare’s plays. Mirth here is so mingled with romantic beauty that few can tire of it.”

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

Coming soon onscreen: ‘Juana Change’ as sex comedy

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MAE Paner as Juana Change

When theater actress Mae Paner and friends uploaded their first self-produced video of Juana Change on YouTube in December 2008, they didn’t imagine its impact on the public.

Posted: January 26th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Cris Villonco topbills Peta’s Shakespeare musical

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Cris Villonco leads Peta’s opening salvo for 2013, “D Wonder Twins of Boac”. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PETA

Cris Villonco’s acting credentials are impressive for someone of her age. Barely 30 and this young woman has two Philstage Gawad Buhay! Best Actress Awards under her belt, and has had more than 30 productions with some of the leading Filipino theater companies.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

After films, Peta to focus on Philippine literature

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After going to the movies, so to speak, and making Shakespeare lots of fun, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) is shifting gears and concentrating on Philippine literature.

Posted: November 24th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

UP Playwright’s Theater brings back ‘Umaaraw, Umuulan Kinakasal ang Tikbalang”

A scene from the hit children’s play, “Umaaraw, Umuulan Kinakasal ang Tikbalang”. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Be enthralled by the colorful creatures of Philippine folk literature and mythology as the UP Playwrights’ Theater puts the spotlight once again on “Umaaraw Umuulan Kinakasal ang Tikbalang,” Dulaang UP’s hit production last season. The play is adapted from Gilda Cordero-Fernando’s children’s short story “The Magic Circle,” written by Rody Vera and directed by José Estrella.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Dance me to the end of love


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Rehearse death. To say this is to tell a person to rehearse his freedom. A person who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.—Seneca

Posted: June 3rd, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Go see


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It used to be flowers for a special occasion—birthday, anniversary, convalescence, “just thought of you.” But flowers have become too expensive, and if you made a mistake and bought all white, my, my, that’s for the dead.

Posted: April 15th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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