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BROADWAYWORLD.COM, the largest theater site on the Internet covering Broadway, London’s West End and beyond to 100 US cities and 30 countries worldwide, and whose contents are catalogued in the Library of Congress, has recently announced its annual theater awards nominees from more than 50 regional markets across the globe, including the Philippines.
Top media celebrity G Töngi joins the cast of Upstart’s latest theater offering for Halloween, “SOS: Showcase of Original Shorts” at Caixa Bar and Restaurant, Makati. A collection of short, spooky comedy plays, “SOS” is the first in a proposed series of theatrical bar tours whose aim is to expand the theater-going market by using unconventional, unexpected show venues.
In celebration of Andres Bonifacio’s sesquicentennial, Dulaang UP stages “Teatro Porvenir, Ang Katangi-tanging Kasaysayan ni Andres Bonifacio, Macario Sakay at Aurelio Tolentino sa Entablado,” a Palanca-winning play written by Tim Dacanay.
By Cora Llamas
The reprimands and raves from his colleagues have died down, and to Felix “Nonon” Padilla’s mind, he has said his final piece.
By Amadís Ma. Guerrero
The granddaddy of all plays on Andres Bonifacio, whether musical or straight, is composer Jerry A. Dadap’s “Andres Bonifacio: Ang Dakilang Anak-Pawis,” with Dionisio R. Salazar, a Palanca Award-winning playwright, and leading poet Rogelio G. Mangahas, as librettists.
By Vincen Gregory Yu
The New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley, in a 2009 article titled “Want to Applaud a Broadway Show? Don’t Get Up. Really,” lamented the fact that standing ovations these days have become a “reflexive social gesture, like shaking hands with the host at the end of the party,” instead of a genuine postshow manifestation of roaring approval. Plus, “a standing ovation,” he continued, “seems to help confirm that the money wasn’t wasted.”
Without a doubt, “Here Lies Love” is the hottest ticket in town, making it one of the most successful off-Broadway musicals of the year.
By Walter Ang
Prolific playwright Floy Quintos will premiere three new works this season via campus theater groups Tanghalang Ateneo and Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (DUP) in their productions for school year 2013-2014.
By Totel V. de Jesus
When Herlyn Gail Alegre learned that her one-act-play “Imbisibol” got accepted to Virgin Labfest 9, she couldn’t believe it at once. She was at home when a friend sent her an SMS saying, “Congrats sa Virgin.” It didn’t sink in immediately. After all, “Imbisibol” was one of the 166 one-act plays submitted to this year’s festival, which opens June 26 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
SET A (June 26, 3 & 8 p.m.; July 6, 3 p.m.; July 7, 8 p.m.) “Kudeta! Kudeta!” (Written by Jimmy Flores, directed by Ariel S.R. Yonzon) “Kapit” (Written by George de Jesus III, directed by Melvin Lee) “Imbisibol” (Written by Herlyn Alegre, directed by Lawrence Fajardo)
By Amadís Ma. Guerrero
Aunt Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, the essayist, once called the actress Cecilia Bulaong “the calmly beautiful Miss Bulaong.” That was a long time ago, and for some reason the phrase has stuck in my mind. Later Bulaong got married, became a mother and reinvented herself as CB Garrucho—which has since become her professional name.