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Tatlong Kwento ni Lola Basyang

The language of stories, theater and dance (TATLONG KWENTO NI LOLA BASYANG)

Ballet Manila opens it’s 20th Season with a magical re-telling of our old, and almost-forgotten, bedtime tales about fantasy, love and family. With the return of TATLONG KWENTO NI LOLA BASYANG, Ballet Manila calls back our past dreams and wishful fantasies, through a set of three lovable stories, told through an amazing choreography and an ensemble…

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Mundong Entablado

Philstage brings “Mundo ng Entablado” to a One Night Stand this September

Seven of the country’s finest theater artists are set to join forces on September 1 for PHILSTAGE’s fundraiser. Entitled “Mundong Entablado”, the show is part of the One Night Stand monthly cabaret at 12 Monkeys Music Hall, and features songs from eleven contemporary Filipino musicals. Theater veterans Bituin Escalante, Cris Villonco, Sweet Plantado, Nonie Buencamino,…

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International Silent Film Festival (JAPAN)

The 9th International Silent Film Festival continues to amaze new audiences with the magic of cinema. This year’s  entries from Japan come with a set of four short films, all astoundingly magnificent in its form, perspectives and innovation. Mansaki Itami’s PEERLESS PATRIOT (1932) tells the story of Isenokami, a master swordsman and his impostor. It…

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International Silent Film Festival (BRIDES OF SULU: 1935)

BRIDES OF SULU (1935) presents a visual commentary of Moro Islam traditions and rituals. It’s like watching a documentary in The National Geographic, only that it’s in 1935 (the milieu could be much farther), and instead of seeing the African safari or a hidden tribe in Yemen, you witness the rituals and the forgotten traditions of…

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It’s a longer “rainy season” at the Theatre Solaire!

MANILA, 2015 – Leaving audiences with smiles on their faces, songs in their hearts and a little wetter than when they arrived, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN opened their season last August 20 to a full house and standing ovations all around, prompting the producers to add one more week to their run in Manila! SINGIN’…

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Chuva Choo Choo – The Mr. Kupido Musicale opens in September

Inspired by the lyrics of Vehnee Saturno, Stages Production Specialist Inc. is unveiling a musical comedy poised to become this season’s theatrical hit. Saturno, a multi-awarded composer best known for creating popular hits such as Be My Lady (Martin Nievera), Sana Kahit Minsan and Simple Lang (Ariel Rivera), Isang Lahi (Regine Velasquez), Mr. Kupido (Rachel…

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“TISIS” triumphs in its frankness

Originally published in the It’s quite hard to imagine how a quick one-act play could effectively represent the most gruelling months of college life. Saying that it’s quite ambitious is more than an understatement. A visual and verbal discourse of the painful (yet arguably fulfilling, for some) weeks of typing, reading, researching, analysing and…

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Globe to Globe HAMLET l Manila

Globe to Globe “HAMLET” speaks the speech!

Shakespeare’s Globe to Globe HAMLET presents an avant garde theatre that magically re-tells the famous Shakespearean tragedy. Using only a limited set of tarpaulin, wood, chest boxes, and a red curtain, it offers a relatively plain, yet wondrously light presentation of this familiar dark story about love, betrayal and revenge. Ladi Emeruwa (Hamlet), Keith Barlett (King/Claudius) and John…

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BM's Tatlong Kwento ni Lola Basyang

THE JELLICLE PODCAST: Ballet Manila’s Lisa Macuja and Katherine Barkman

Click the play icon below to listen to my interview with the Ms. Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Katherine Barkman. From Page to Stage, Ballet Manila’s (BM) 20th performance season begins on August 21 with Severino Reyes’ “Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang,” three captivating dance productions of love, fantasy and adventure. On the morning before the opening…

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LA CAGE MANILA Podcast Series: Bongga Cagelles

LA CAGE MANILA Podcast Series: #BonggaCagelles

Click the play icon below to listen to my interview with the Cagelles. On August 15, 9 Works Theatrical opens its re-run of their well received production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.  This is the musical adaptation of an original French play with the same title that tells the story of two gay couple, Georges (MICHAEL…

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Red Turnip Theater's 33 Variations

Music in the Time of Fading Codas (33 VARIATIONS – a Review)

 “Let us begin with how something came about. Why it came about in that particular way and became what it is.” —Ludwig van Beethoven. Red Turnip Theater‘s production of Moisés Kaufman’s 33 VARIATIONS presents a visually compelling platform that depicts time, music, and a journey spanning two centuries. In 33 Variations, first-time director Jenny Jamora, compellingly brings her audience to a trip down our history books…

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Repertory Philippines presents SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

Unleash your inner beauty and kindness with Repertory Philippines’ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! Who doesn’t know the classic fairy tale that got little girls looking at the mirror while asking, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” or little boys yodelling, “Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho.” Snow White…

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Ang NEO FILIPINO para sa isang “NEOphyte”

Matapos ang panayam ko kina Denisa Reyes, Ronelson Yadao at JM Cordero para sa podcasts ko ng NEO FILIPINO 2015, hindi ko maubos maisip na magpasahanggang ngayon pala’y payak pa rin ang kaalaman ko sa mundo ng teatro at sayaw. Minsan nga’y napaisip na akong mamahinga muna sa pagsusulat, pamumuri at pamumuna. Aba’y may ibang…

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Ballet Manila's FLIGHT 2 (Agnes Locsin's ARACHNIDA)

Ballet Manila’s FLIGHT 2 triumphs

Ballet Manila’s FLIGHT 2 takes off with, yet another powerful concert and celebration of dance, grace and choreography. It is a two-hour thrill ride that readies its gears for a “fluid” take off with Augustus Damian III’s SOTTO VOCE, to the wonderfully jolly SLEEPING BEAUTY PAS DE DUEX by Marius Petipa. After take off, the…

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