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‘Kleptomaniacs’–brilliant experiment, muddled message

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“KLEPTOMANIACS,” written by Layeta Bucoy and directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio, runs until July 27
at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater), Cultural Center of the Philippines. TUXQS RUTAQUIO

Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Kleptomaniacs,” written by Layeta Bucoy and directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio, is a brilliant experiment, a socially aware original Filipino rap musical. I wish it had worked out better. I was not happy with this play, for reasons that have nothing to do with its novel format and everything to do with storytelling.

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Theater | Read More »

10 years of the Virgin Labfest–why it matters

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REUNION of Virgin Labfest participants on the festival’s 10th year—ChrisMillado, Nanding Josef, Rody Vera, Nicolas Pichay, Tuxqs Rutaquio, Layeta Bucoy, LizaMagtoto, Glenn Sevilla Mas, Allan Lopez, Auraeus Solito, Dingdong Novenario, Joshua Lim So, Job Pagsibigan, Alvin Dacanay, Alex Dorola Yasuda,Oggie Arcenas, Em Mendez, et al. ALEX DOROLA YASUDA

The first time former Tanghalang Pilipino artistic director Herbie Go and I talked about doing “something that we really, really want to do” was just after a Tokyo-held Asian theater collaboration we both participated in (with director Jose Estrella).

Posted: June 28th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

‘Kleptomaniacs’ and the promise of the first rap musical

Acting at its finest with Jonathan Tadioan and Nicco Manalo. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Tanghalang Pilipino

New and unique. Distinctly Pinoy and wonderfully contemporary. Rap and fliptop, local hiphop and everything in between.

Posted: June 20th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Ribbing, repartee and remembering at the 6th Gawad Buhay!

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In his speech during the Philstage Gawad Buhay 2013 Awards held last week at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Chris Millado, the artistic director of that institution, hailed the event as more of a “celebration” and “not a competition.”

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

Tanghalang Pilipino’s season opener is a play ripped straight from the headlines

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“KLEPTOMANIACS,” written by Layeta Bucoy and directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio, opens July 11 at CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino

The stench of the Janet Lim-Napoles pork barrel scandal has reached the theater circle, and it has galvanized playwright Layeta Bucoy to write the libretto of a rap-musical called “Kleptomaniacs,” running at the CCP Little Theater from July 11 to 27.

Posted: May 31st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

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