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Alana Vicente as Snow White and Jos Jalbuena as the Prince in Repertory Philippines’ “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” opening Aug. 15. PHOTO FROM REPERTORY PHILIPPINES

Theater calendar


9 Works Theatrical’s ‘La Cage aux Folles,’ opens today, RCBC Theater

9 WORKS Theatrical’s smash production of the classic Broadway musical “La Cage aux Folles” is back with a rerun that opens today at the RCBC Theater and runs until Sept. 6. Audie Gemora and Michael de Mesa reprise their acclaimed roles, along with a cast that includes Steven Silva, Noel Rayos and the fabulous Les Cagelles. Musical direction by Joseph Tolentino, overall direction by Robbie Guevara. Call 0917-5545560, 5867105 or 8919999, or email [email protected]

Manila Shakespeare Company’s ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ until Aug. 15, Teatrino

IT’S THE last weekend of Manila Shakespeare Company’s rerun of its inaugural offering, “Romeo and Juliet,” starring Nelsito Gomez and Rachel Coates as the young lovers, along with Meynard Peñalosa, Issa Litton, Katski Flores, Micko Yabut and  Jonas Gruet. Nicanor Campos directs. Remaining shows are on Aug. 14-15, 8 p.m., at Teatrino. Call 8919999 or 0939-5969250, or email [email protected]

Gantimpala Theater’s ‘Florante at Laura,’ until Aug. 15, SM Southmall

GANTIMPALA Theater Foundation once again presents Francisco Balagtas’ “Florante at Laura,” adapted for the stage by Boni Ilagan, directed by Roeder Camañag and starring Paul Jake Paule (Florante), Ellrica Laguardia (Laura), Ace Urieta (Adolfo), Jeff Carpio (Aladin) and Sharlene Rivera and Ira Ruzz (Flerida). “Florante at Laura” has one remaining show today, 10 a.m., at Cinema 3, SM Southmall, Las Pinas City. Call 9985622/8720261, text 0921-2513733 or e-mail [email protected]

Red Turnip Theater’s ‘33 Variations,’ until Aug. 23, Whitespace Makati

MOISÉS Kaufman’s Tony-nominated play about Beethoven’s puzzling obsession with a mediocre waltz makes its Manila debut in a production directed by Jenny Jamora and starring Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino and Teroy Guzman. Call TicketWorld, 8919999 or visit

Peta’s ‘Rak of Aegis,’ until Aug. 23, Peta Theater Center

PHILIPPINE Educational Theater Association’s (Peta) blockbuster musical featuring the music of Aegis, now officially its longest-running production with some 150 shows and counting, is back with new cast members (among them, pop singer Renz Verano) and extra shows on Aug. 21-23. Call 0927-3917379, 7256244 loc. 23, or 8919999. Visit

Philstagers’ ‘Pope-pular,’ until Aug. 31

THE PHILIPPINE Stagers Foundation’s new musical on Pope Francis, “Pope-pular,” written and directed by Vince Tañada, has remaining play dates on Aug. 15-16 (SM South Mall, Las Piñas City); Aug.17-18 (Cabanatuan City); Aug. 19-21 (cities of Angeles and San  Fernando, Pampanga); Aug. 22-23 (SM Centerpoint, Sta. Mesa, Manila); Aug. 29 (Laguna);  Aug. 30 (Tanghalang Pasigueño, Pasig City); and Aug.31 (SM North Edsa). Call Cherry Bong Edralin 0917-7500107 or 2183791.





Repertory Philippines’ ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,’ opens Aug. 15, OnStage Greenbelt 1

JOY VIRATA stages Michael Valenti and Elsa Rae’s adaptation of the classic fairy tale, with a cast that includes, among others, Bituin Escalante, Ring Antonio, Pam G., Becca Coates, Hans Enstein and Jef Flores. The children’s musical runs Aug. 15-Dec. 10 at OnStage Greenbelt 1, Makati City. Call 8433570 or 8919999, or visit

Artist Playground’s ‘Tag-ani,’ opens Aug. 22, The Little Room Upstairs

AMELIA Lapena-Bonifacio’s  ‘Tag-ani,’ about two characters in their 70’s trying to rekindle the joys of love, will be revived by director Roeder Camanag for his newly opened theater company Artist Playground, with Ces Aldaba and Ermie Concepcion starring. The show runs Aug. 22-23, 29-30 (Saturday and Sunday) at The Little Room Upstairs, Lonsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia Ave., Quezon City. Call 0915-8153716 or visit

Actors’ Actors Inc.’s ‘Venus in Fur,’ Aug. 22-23, CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute

BART Guingona’s acclaimed but short-lived production of David Ives’ “Venus in Fur,” a dark, witty exploration of sexual and professional power play between an aspiring actress and a theater director, returns for only two performances on Aug. 22-23 at CCP’s Tanghalang Huseng Batute. David Bianco and Jennifer Blair-Bianco reprise their roles.  Call 8323704 or 8919999.

Dulaang UP’s ‘#R</3J,’ opens Aug. 26, Guerrero Theater, UP Diliman

THIS “multimedia hallucination on William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’” retells the story of the star-crossed lovers by transposing Verona into modern-day Manila and using a pastiche of movement, music, intertext, video and design. Direction is by Dexter M. Santos, adaptation by Guelan Varela-Luarca and music design by Krina Cayabyab. It runs Aug. 26-Sept. 13 at Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, UP Diliman. Call 0927-7406124, 0917-8239531; or 9261349, 4337840 or 9818500 loc. 2449; or e-mail [email protected]

Gantimpala Theater’s ‘[email protected], The Musical’ opens Aug. 28, AFP Theater

WITH music by Jed Balsamo, choreography by Paul Morales and direction by Frannie Zamora, Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s “[email protected], The Musical” updates its 35-year-old adaptation (by Jomar Fleras) of Rizal’s ‘Noli Me Tangere.’ The show  runs at AFP Theater in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Aug. 28-29; at Star Theater in Star City, Pasay City, on Sept. 4; and Cinema 3 SM Southmall, Las Piñas City, on Sept. 11-12. Call 9985622/8720261 or text 0921-2513733; e-mail [email protected] or visit

The Actors’ Repertory Theater’s ‘The Glass Menagerie,’ opens Aug. 29, La Consolacion College Auditorium

THE ACTORS’ Repertory Theater and Think Talk Creative Communications jointly mount a production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,”  with adaptation/direction by Edith Mandigma and starring Timmy Cruz, Arnold Reyes, Kiko Matos and Michiko Unso. It opens Aug. 29 at La Consolacion College Auditorium, Mendiola, Manila. Call 0915-920 5171 or 0918-2419465.

Resorts World Manila’s ‘South Pacific in Concert,’ Sept. 12 and 19, Newport Performing Arts Theater

RODGERS and Hammerstein’s beloved musical “South Pacific” is rendered in concert form on Sept. 12 and 19, 8 p.m., with Joanna Ampil as Nellie Forbush, Jon Meer Vera Perez as Emile de Becque, Mark Bautista as Lt. Cable and Ima Castro as Bloody Mary. “South Pacific in Concert” will be directed by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, with musical accompaniment by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Rodel Colmenar. Call 9088833 or 8366338, or visit