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Manila International Improv Festival, Peta Theater Center, until Sunday


THE MANILA International Improv Festival 2013, presented by the the Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT) and Peta Theater Center, runs until Sunday at the Peta-Phinma Theater.


This year’s festival will have six shows featuring the participating improv groups: People’s Liberation Improv and 3 Dudes Improv (Hong Kong); Beijing Improv (Beijing); Taichung Improv (Taiwan); Xiamen Improv (Xiamen); Zmack (Shanghai); Pirates of Tokyo Bay (Tokyo); and Silly People’s Improv Theater (Manila).


Entrance for each show is P400, featuring three improv groups for each set, performing a variety of long-form and short-form improvisational shows.


For tickets, call 4100822 loc 14-15, 0906-2115003. Follow SPIT on Facebook/spit manila and @spitmanila on Twitter.


Virgin Labfest 9, CCP, until July 7


THE VIRGIN Labfest, a festival of untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged plays, is ongoing until July 7 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater) and the Bulwagang Amado Hernandez (Conference Room).


The event is a joint venture of CCP, Tanghalang Pilipino and the Writers’ Bloc, Inc. in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.


Now on its ninth year, the Virgin Labfest has earned a solid reputation for its exciting and provocative lineup of one-act plays from playwrights both young and old. These one-act plays are given “bare bones” staging by professional directors and actors.


This year’s plays include Labfest veterans George de Jesus, Liza Magtoto and Em Mendez with “Kapit,” “Isang Daan” and “Ambong Abo,” respectively.


Also among the works are “virgin”-to-the-labfest playwrights Benjamin Pimentel’s “Pramoedya,” Herlyn Gail Alegre’s “Imbisibol,” Eljay Castro Deldoc’s “Owel,” Bernadette Neri’s “Pamamanhikan,” Jimmy Flores’ “Kudeta! Kudeta!” and Carlo Vergara’s “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady.”


Also included is Dominique La Victoria’s “Chipline,” the very first labfest play which will be totally in Cebuano.


From the 8th Virgin Labfest, Em Mendez’s “Unang Regla ni John,” Aizel Cabili’s “Pagsubli” and Guelan Luarca’s “Kuneho” will be restaged.


Directing the plays are Chris Millado, Marlon Rivera, Chris Matinez, Melvin Lee, Charles Yee, Roobak Valle, JK Anicoche, Law Fajardo, Emman dela Cruz, George de Jesus, Ed Lacson and Ariel Yonzon.


Tickets are priced at P300 with festival passes at P1,200. Call the CCP Dramatic Arts Division 8321125 locals 1606 to 1607, or visit