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, Vincen Gregory Yu
The experience of watching Ateneo Blue Repertory’s “Toilet: The Musical” (which concluded March 1 after a three-week run) approximated that of sitting in the middle of a Bornean rainforest, at three in the afternoon in May, to see some cool animals appear.
By Walter Ang
“No Exit,” by French playwright Jean-Paul Sartre, depicts three deceased characters in the afterlife, punished by being locked into a room together for eternity. It is the source of Sartre’s often misinterpreted quote, “L’enfer, c’est les autres,” or “Hell is other people.”
By Camille Anne M. Arcilla
There was really no music at first, or even an actual script.
By Carlo Rivera IV
It is a sad but accepted reality for teachers and theater reviewers that they must spend their lives pointing out the flaws in the works of others. It is a rare indulgence for a reviewer to gush about a beloved work without reservation.
Enrollment in the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s annual summer workshops is now open, with courses on Children’s Theater, Teen Theater, Theater Arts, Basic Acting, Advanced Acting and Creative Musical Theater.
By Vaughn Alviar
“Kastoy ti ag-tadek, Banting! (This is how you do the tadek, Banting!),” shouts Kankana-ey Apong Uban (Andrei Domogo). Then, he stomps one foot and raises both hands.
By Cora Llamas
The challenge of making a venerated work relevant, interesting and engaging to viewers born in a different time always keeps a director and his creative team on their toes. Revisionism—where the director and his creative team edit text, alter passages and make contemporary entire settings—can make the transition easier for young viewers.
By Vincen Gregory Yu
“August: Osage County,” the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by actor-writer Tracy Letts, is set in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, a speck of a town of less than 4,000 people somewhere in the Great American Plains. The state is just north of Texas, so it’s perfectly acceptable to assume that they must speak in a sort of Southern accent there.
By Gibbs Cadiz
Dulaang UP’s “Ang Nawalang Kapatid” (with remaining performances Saturday and Sunday at Guerrero Theater, UP Diliman) is billed in press announcements as a musical adaptation of the Indian epic “Mahabharata,” the theatrical transposition courtesy of Floy Quintos and the music by Ceejay Javier.
Trumpets’ “The Bluebird of Happiness,” a musical adaptation of the 1908 play by Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck, with music by Rony Fortich and libretto and direction by Jaime del Mundo, dominates the 2013 Gawad Buhay!: The Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts with 16 nominations.
By Annelle Tayao-Juego
If you were part of the “Wicked” audience at the evening show of Feb. 2, then you’d be thrilled to know that watching with you was none other than composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz—the wiz behind the hit musical.