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Australia’s ‘Short + Sweet’ theater festival now in Manila

“Short+Sweet”Manila festival producer Vaishali Ray,UPDiliman Department
of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts chair Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete,UP Diliman College of Arts and Letters dean Dr. Elena Rivera Mirano, “Short+Sweet” executive director Mark Cleary, Rachel Attley, “Short+Sweet” festival director Divya Rajan-Sriram. PHOTO BY ARNOLD ALMACEN

The upcoming “Short + Sweet” Theater Festival presents 28 10-minute plays in Filipino and English. These multi-theme, bite-size plays are for regular watchers and those with short attention spans—think speed-dating or Twitter in theater form.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Nicolas Pichay: ‘Don’t believe people who do not believe in the power of theater’

The playwright of the upcoming ‘Maxie The Musicale’ says: ‘Think like a Houdini; a box is something to escape from’

This writer-lawyer has had a checkered life. He attended the Philippine High School for the Arts in Mt. Makiling, Laguna; became a Lucrecia R. Kasilag scholar in theater arts at UP Diliman, majoring in political science; went to law school and became a lawyer in 1988; but, all throughout, continued to write for theater, films and TV.

Posted: September 21st, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Wicked’ in Manila promises to be bigger than ‘Phantom of the Opera’

SUZIE Mathers and Jemma Rixwave at the audience after their duet. PHOTOS BY LESTER G. BABIERA

It’s a spellbinding spectacle like nothing else.

Posted: August 19th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Multicultural actors cast in Shaharazade’s conceptual play on rituals

“RITUALWorld” charts human history.  TUCHI IMPERIAL

As the third production of Shaharazade Theater Company, “Ritual World” will be a largely interactive play that draws heavily from native rituals around the world threatened by technology.

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Pinky Amador to aspiring actors: ‘Train, train, train’


“How’s the house outside? Are we very full? Marami nang tao?” It’s noon on a Thursday and actress Pinky Amador is getting ready for a different kind of show. Her students, the Theater Arts majors at Meridian International College, have spent the past week working on “MINT Knows Monique Wilson,” a lecture session featuring the theater actress. Monique was scheduled to arrive any minute.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »