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By Bart Guingona
When I first worked with Daisy Hontiveros Avellana, she was all of 88. By then she had survived five heart attacks, was suffering from crippling arthritis, had seen the loss of a baby, her husband, and even of her house to fire. I was asked by her daughter Ivi Avellana-Cosio to join a staged reading of Ladislas Fodor’s “The Vigil” to be performed at Far Eastern University (FEU). We rehearsed in the garage of their Pasig home and she sat there, script on her lap with an impish grin puffing up her cheeks.
‘Okay, I’m nuts!’ When she was about to play Mary Tyrone, the drug-addled mother of a dysfunctional family in Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” Daisy Avellana went to a well-known doctor to research on drug addiction. She needed guidance on how an addict—a woman at that—moved, thought and comported herself.
Cris Villonco has been cast in English and Filipino productions, plays and musicals, dramas and comedies, classic and contemporary material, in character and lead roles, and, earlier this year, even in a male role (well, a female cross-dressed as a male, as Viola/Cesar in Philippine Educational Theater Association’s “D’ Wonder Twins of Boac,” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”).
By Amadís Ma. Guerrero
Singing actress Banaue Miclat was born in China and spent her first seven years there, because her parents Mario Miclat (the writer) and Alma were leftist activists.
COUNT THEM—22 productions in just the first five months of the year, from the small two-character drama (“Red”) to the all-stops-out musical extravaganza (“Ibalong,” “Katy”). Local theater is at its most prolific and exciting in years; and so, before the last days of summer ring the curtain down on the old season to usher in the new by June—and with memory the only antidote to the ephemeral nature of theater—we thought we’d look back and salute the performances that lit up the stage and occasioned cheers in the previous months.
By Amadís Ma. Guerrero
The Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT) has been around for slightly more than a decade now, chalking up more than 500 performances here and abroad with their jokes, puns, double-entendres, spoofs, skits, what-have-you, all improvised, unscripted, unrehearsed and totally spontaneous shows.
By Walter Ang
Stella Cañete was recently seen on stage in Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas’ stagings of “The Seagull” and its Filipino adaptation “Ang Tagak,” both as Polina; and “Collection,” as Tatiana Olandres. She was also in De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s “Imaginary Invalid” as Angelique and its Filipino version, “Le Praning Du Sining,” as Toinette.
After staging the musical epic “Labaw Donggon: Ang Banog ng Sanlibutan,” Ateneo Entablado (ENterteynmentparasaTAo, Bayan, LAnsangan, at DiyOs) kicks off its 31st season called “Personalan Na!” with a restaging of the CCP- award winning play “Buwan at Baril.”
After a successful first round last January, the Theater Actors Guild (TAG) is bringing back Anton Juan’s Master Class in Acting this May. The workshop dates are May 15, 16, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31, 12-4 p.m., culminating in a scene-study recital to be directed by Juan on May 31, 7-10 p.m., at MusicArtes, Kalayaan Ave., Makati City.
What a thrill it must have been to be present during artistic collaborations between performing arts legends like George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky.
Experience the beauty of Spanish music theater featuring tenor Enrique Viana, one of the leading men in Spanish zarzuela, and Spanish pianist Daniel Oyarzabal in the performance “Romantico Enrique Viana” (The Unending Passion of the Zarzuela) on June 11, 8 p.m., at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.