Red Turnip’s A Doll’s House Part 2

MENCHU LAUCHENGCO-YULO will star in Red Turnip’s production of A Doll’s House Part 2.

FOR Its 5th season, theater company Red Turnip presents Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House Part 2, starring Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Nora. Directed by Cris Villongco, the play will run from Sept. 15 to Oct. 7 at the Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC, Taguig. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (891-9999 or www.ticketworld.com.ph) and Red Turnip Theater (redturniptheater@gmail.com). Written almost 140 years after Henrik Ibsen’s original A Doll’s House, A Doll’s House Part 2 picks up the story 15 years after Nora slammed the door shut on her family and the life she once knew. Now a successful author of feminist literature, Nora returns with a task to accomplish — a divorce, for without it she is ruined. She faces a series of loaded intimate and philosophical confrontations and recriminations from her former housekeeper, her daughter, and her (possible) ex-husband. And with this, questions of freedom, marriage, and family come into play in this 90-minute intermissionless dramedy. The production also stars Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, Sheila Francisco, and Rachel Coates.

Last chance to catch this exhibit

THERE are a few more days to catch 1335 Mabini’s exhibit Forms Please, featuring works by Gus Albor, Anna-Maria Bonger, Miggy Inumerable, Kanchana Gupta, Klaus Wanker, and Ian Woo. The exhibit runs until Sept. 8 at the Karrivin Plaza, Makati branch of the gallery. This group exhibit explores the realm of materiality by showcasing works by artists from Asia and Europe. Working across different disciplines, the works of these artists are placed in a dialogue within the gallery’s space, rendering the forms of these works unstable and, in turn, leaving room for poetic mistranslations and diverse aesthetic experiences within the bodies of visitors. Meanwhile, opening on the 15th is History of the Present, featuring works by Jill Paz. The Filipino-Canadian artist has returned to the Philippines to reconnect to the country, her ancestral home, and the art scene. For the exhibit she revisits and reinterprets the body of work of the 19th century Filipino painter Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, her great grand-uncle and an important figure in the Philippine art history. The exhibit will run until Oct. 13.

Shell art tilt calls for entries

FOR more than 50 years now, Shell has championed the arts through the National Students Art Competition (NSAC). Now on its 51st year, Shell NSAC presents the theme “Perspective,” and calls for young artists to show their visions of the future and to share their unique take on how to make the future bright. “Through this year’s NSAC, we continue to discover young artistic talents whose art pieces not only promote our nation’s art and culture but also inspire a bright perspective of the future,” Sankie Simbulan, Pilipinas Shell Social Performance and Social Investment Manager, was quoted as saying in a release. The Shell NSAC is open to all college students enrolled with at least 12 units in a recognized Philippine school in the school year 2018-2019. Participants can submit a maximum of two entries in the following themed categories: oil/acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, and digital fine arts (print). Across all categories, grand prize winners will each be awarded P60,000, while second and third prize winners will receive P40,000 and P30,000, respectively. Major winners will also receive medals and plaques. All finalists, except major winners, will each receive P2,000 and a Certificate of Merit. Submission of provincial entries will be on Sept. 18, 19, and 20 at any Shell depot and installation outside Metro Manila. Participants may also submit entries in any of the following centers: Gallery Orange, 2/F Art District, Lopue’s Main Bldg., Mandalagan, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental; and Museo Iloilo, Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City. Metro Manila-based contestants must submit their entries on Oct. 4, 5, and 6 at the Shell House, 156 Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City.

Two exhibits, one gallery

THE Artery Art Space has opened two exhibits: Quixotic Trolls and Shadow Casts from the Pale Moon Sky. They are both ongoing until Sept. 22 at the gallery, which is located at 102 P.Tuazon Blvd., Cubao, Quezon City. Quixotic Trolls features paintings by Lec Cruz, Robert Langenegger, Jason Montinola, and David Ryan Viray. These paintings are marked with sharp wit about the representation of the world, the retelling of history, and the conceptual refashioning of cultural conventions into unique works of timeless vision. Shadow Casts from the Pale Moon Sky features works by Julius Bagoyo, Nile Pobadora, and Elijah Santiago. They explore the monochromatic temper of light absent from animate living.

Ongoing at West Gallery

WEST GALLERY has several exhibits which are ongoing until Sept. 15. At Gallery 1 is a group show, Alternative Fallacies, featuring works by Ronald Achacoso, Juan Alcazaren, Nilo Ilarde, Jonathan Olazo, Bernardo Pacquing, and Soler Santos. Galleries 2, 3, and 4 all have solo shows: Gallery 2 has Katrina Bello’s Drawing Abundance; Gallery 3 has Isabel Santos’s Image May Contain; while Gallery 4 has Nicole Tee’s A Glimpse of A Field. West Gallery is at 48 West Ave., Quezon City.