Spotlight Artists Centre’s ‘Dirty Old Musical,’ Music Museum, until Sept. 11
Nonie Buencamino, John Arcilla, Robert Sena, Bimbo Cerrudo and Michael Williams star in “Dirty Old Musical,” about five members of an ‘80s boy band reuniting for a benefit show for an ailing sixth member and confronting unresolved conflicts and male midlife issues. Ima Castro, Fred Lo et. al. co-star. The musical, featuring classic OPM tunes from the ‘70s and ‘80s, was written by Rody Vera, with musical direction by Myke Salomon and direction by Dexter Santos.
Call 7764487, 0919-911444, 7210635 or 8919999.
Dulaang UP’s ‘Ang Katatawanan ng Kalituhan,’ UP Diliman’s Guerrero Theater, until Sept. 11
Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” is given a new Filipino translation by Guelan Luarca and staged by Alexander Cortez, highlighting both the comic and dangerous possibilities of mistaken identities. The cast includes Paul Jake Paule, Jerome Rosalin, Gabo Tolentino, Jerome del Prado, Gel Basa, Jean Judith Javier, Mitoy Sta. Ana, Greg de Leon and the Dulaang UP ensemble. Costume design by Gino Gonzales.
Call 0908-8149975, 0917-6775141, 0915-3385227; 9261349, 4337840 or 981-8500 local 2449. Email [email protected]
Peta, ABS-CBN Events and Cornerstone Entertainment’s ‘Ako Si Josephine,’ Peta Theater Center, until Oct. 9
Singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino’s music is featured in “Ako Si Josephine,” created by the same creative team behind “Rak of Aegis”—librettist Liza Magtoto, musical director Myke Salomon and Maribel Legarda. The musical comedy, which marks Constantino’s 10th year in show biz, stars Via Antonio and Maronne Cruz alternating in the lead role, along with Joaquin Valdes, Ricci Chan, Jon Santos, et al. The show runs Thursdays to Fridays for 30 performances, until Oct. 9, at the Peta Theater Center, QC.
Call 8919999 or visit ticketworld.com.ph
Tanghalang Pilipino’s ‘The Wong Kids in The Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!,’ CCP Little Theater, Sept. 16-25
Lloyd Suh’s play about a pair of lonely, bullied Asian kids with superpowers—hailed by the New York Times as an “exuberantly imaginative adventure for children”—makes its Philippine debut under Tanghalang Pilipino, the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ resident theater company, and the play’s original director in New York, Ralph Pena of Ma-Yi Theater Company. In the cast are Aldo Vencilao, Blanche Louise Buhia, Aika Zabala, Jonathan Tadioan, Marco Viaña and Juliene Mendoza.
Call 8323704/3706, 832-1125 loc. 1620-1621.
‘Never Again: Voices of Martial Law,’ Bantayog ng mga Bayani Amphitheater, Sept. 21-Oct. 16
‘Never Again: Voices of Martial Law’ is a festival of nine one-act plays that revisit the dark period of Ferdinand Marcos’ martial rule and seeks to honor the heroes and martyrs who fought against the dictatorship.
The nine plays featured are Kanakan Balintagos’ “Loyalist Redux”), Erika Estacio’s “Duyan Ka ng Magiting”, Chris Martinez’s “Thingy or Ang Pak na Pak Ganern sa Pakikipagsapalaran ni Melenyo, D’Great Pokemon Hunter”, George de Jesus III’s “Disco 1081”, Layeta Bucoy’s “Princess Lilli”, Ramon Jocson’s “Bulong-Bulungan sa Sangandaan”, Allan Lopez’s “Shhhh”, Rody Vera’s “Indigo Child” and Guelan Luarca’s “Ang Lihim na Kasaysayan ng Huling Habilin ni Ferdinand Edralin Marcos [Spiritual King Solomon of Israel] Hinggil sa Pamanang Kayamanan ni King Bernardo Carpio at Jose Protacio Rizal Para sa Pagpapaunlad ng Bansang Pilipinas na Siyang Nalalaman ni Mang Ambo, Taxi Driver”.
The Bantayog ng mga Bayani Amphitheater is in Bantayog Road, Diliman, QC.
Call 0917-8047191 or visit the “Never Again…” FB page.
Atlantis Theatrical’s ‘Jersey Boys,’ Meralco Theatre, Sept. 23-Oct. 16
The Tony, Grammy and Olivier-winning musical about the legendary pop-rock group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, opening Sept. 23 at the Meralco Theatre, stars Nyoy Volante, Christian Bautista, Markki Stroem and Nino Alejandro. Bobby Garcia directs a brand-new staging for the musical’s Manila run. The show’s libretto, featuring the Four Seasons’ classic hits, is by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.
Call 8919999 or 6505144, 0917-8381534; or visit ticketworld.com.ph
Artist Playground’s ‘Lagablab’, The Little Room Upstairs,’ Sept. 23-Oct. 30
“Lagablab,” written by Dan Hollanda, is a play inspired by W. Somerset Maugham’ short story “The Unconquered.” The adaptation is about a Bulacan family’s hardships during the Japanese occupation in WWII. Paul Jake Paule directs; the cast includes Mariella Munji Laurel, Jhaeka Madronio, Ira Ruzz, Farlin Flores, Jacelle Escanan, Anjo Resurreccion, Manu Gallardo San Pedro, Greg Abelardo De Leon, Gilbert Bacolod et al.
Call 0926-9323179 or visit Artist Playground’s FB page.
Ateneo Entablado’s ‘Desaparecidos,’ Rizal Mini-Theater, Sept. 27-Oct. 15
Guelan Luarca’s stage adaptation of Lualhati Bautista’s novel “Desaparecidos”—which discusses the harsh experience of Martial Law and the post-Edsa years through the eyes of four characters—is Ateneo Entablabo’s next offering, running Sept. 27-Oct. 15 at Ateneo’s Mini-Theater.
Call 0917-7011753 or visit Ateneo Entablado’s FB page.
Resorts World Manila’s ‘Annie,’ Newport Performing Arts Theater, opens Sept. 30
Full House Theater Company, the theater arm of Resorts World Manila, presents the classic Broadway musical “Annie,” directed by Michael Williams and starring Krystal Brimner and Isabeli Araneta Elizalde as Annie. Michael de Mesa plays Oliver Warbucks and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo is Miss Hanigan. Also in the cast are Mako Alonzo, Red and Raymund Concepcion, Justin and Jill Peña, and James Paolelli. The show opens Sept. 30 at Resorts World Manila’s Newport Performing Arts Theater.
Benilde and Taxi Theater’s ‘Mulagat,’ SDA Black Box Theater, Oct. 7-29
The Arts Management Program of the School of Design and Arts, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, has tied up with the newly established TAXI Theater to present the horror play “Mulagat,” written and directed by Eric Villanueva Dela Cruz. TAXI—“Theater. Applied. Experiential. Immersive”—aims to showcase various disciplines in technical theater; “Mulagat” is its maiden production.
Call 0908-4854983, email [email protected]
Tanghalang Ateneo’s ‘Boy,’ Ateneo Black Box Theater, Oct. 12-29
Tanghalang Ateneo opens its 38th season with Anna Ziegler’s “Boy,” a thought-provoking piece about a boy who is raised as a girl that explores anew the nature vs. nurture debate. The TA production is the play’s first international staging as well as the first one outside of the original New York City production. The Filipino translation is by Guelan Luarca, with Ed Lacson Jr. directing.
Call 0915-8359210, 0916-4802195, e-mail [email protected]; visit www.tanghalangateneo.org or www.facebook.com/TanghalangAteneo