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Crazy little thing called love

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It may be true that all men are created equal, but history has proven that no two love stories are written—or read—the same.

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

UP Diliman to host ‘Shakespeare in Asia’ conference

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The Bard holds court at the University of the Philippines-Diliman this December with the first University of the Philippines International Shakespeare Conference, a two-day conference on Shakespeare in Asia that engages Shakespearean pedagogy, publication, translation, adaptation and theatrical histories in various Asian regions.

Posted: November 16th, 2013 in Headlines,Theater | Read More »

‘Der Kaufmann: Ang Negosyante ng Venecia’–terror made all too real

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RAQUEL Pareño and Jonathan Tadioan play incarcerated Jews forced to perform “The Merchant of Venice”

Pardon the language, but there is no other way to describe Tanghalang Pilipino’s staging of “Der Kaufmann: Ang Negosyante ng Venecia” except to say it is a complete mindf**k.

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Shakespeare’s Globe taking ‘Hamlet’ around world

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Shakespeare’s Globe theater is about to take the Bard’s words literally — “All the world’s a stage.”

Posted: July 16th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

You are the writer of your own play


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Who was it that ‘walked on,’ stayed briefly and left an indelible mark in your heart? When I was a little girl, I spent much time in rehearsal halls and backstage at the Metropolitan Theater with my mother. I could hum the overture of “La Boheme” and whistle the violin parts for “La Traviata.”

Posted: May 26th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

London calling: From Harry Potter to William Shakespeare (and the Beatles, too!)

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How could one place in this world seem to have everything, from classical to pop culture, for just about everyone, from tweens to the young at heart?

Posted: April 19th, 2013 in 2BU | Read More »

How Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ became the twilight of old Pinoy cinema

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England’s Poet Laureate John Masefield once called “Twelfth Night” “the happiest and one of the loveliest of all Shakespeare’s plays. Mirth here is so mingled with romantic beauty that few can tire of it.”

Posted: February 16th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Cris Villonco topbills Peta’s Shakespeare musical

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Cris Villonco leads Peta’s opening salvo for 2013, “D Wonder Twins of Boac”. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PETA

Cris Villonco’s acting credentials are impressive for someone of her age. Barely 30 and this young woman has two Philstage Gawad Buhay! Best Actress Awards under her belt, and has had more than 30 productions with some of the leading Filipino theater companies.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Peta’s ‘William’ at the Cultural Center of the Philippines

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After dominating the recent Philstage Gawad Buhay awards, the Philippine Education Theater Association (PETA) is bringing back the award-winning Shakespeare rap musical “William” for a special show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines this September 28.

Posted: September 26th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Did Shakespeare really write Shakespeare?

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Book review: ‘James Shapiro’s Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?’ The 2012 Olympics opening was inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” The ongoing World Shakespeare Festival, which runs in the UK until November, is the biggest celebration of the Bard ever staged, featuring 70 shows in 37 languages, including “King Lear” in Belarusian, “Hamlet” in Lithuanian, and “Troilus and Cressida” in Maori. There are 319 Shakespeare theaters and centers all over the world. The man’s works are more revered and acclaimed than ever.

Posted: September 23rd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Shakespeare meets rap in Peta’s award-winning ‘William’, now on special re-run

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Peta members, staff and friends celebrate their triumph at 2011 Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. CONTRIBUTED photo

The Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) has emerged as the biggest winner the 2011 Philstage Gawad Buhay awards, bringing home a total of thirteen wins for two of its box office hits: “Care Divas” a comedy-drama about five Filipino transvestite caregivers in Israel who moonlight as glamorous entertainers, and the musical “William”, which familiarizes young people with the beauty of Shakespeare’s works through rap and hip-hop.

Posted: July 21st, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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