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What’s the moral behind the story of a family who happens...

FOR the third time in its 50-year history, Repertory Philippines presents the macabre comedy Arsenic and Old Lace which revolves around the murder and...

Learning to act and dance over summer

DON’T let summer vacation go into waste — get your kids to lift their heads from their screens and instead develop their talents, learn...

Spamalot and Sa Wakas return to the stage

THANKS TO popular demand, two musicals — one a hilarious riot of a show based on a British comedy troupe’s movie, the other a...

Rewriting the Stars

Theater Review Silent Sky Presented by Repertory Philippines Directed by Joy Virata March 16, 17, 23, 24 at 8 p.m.; March 17, 18, 24, 25 at 3:30 p.m. Onstage Theatre,...

Kinky Boots kicks again

Theater Review Kinky Boots Presented by Atlantis Productions Directed by Bobby Garcia March 16, 8 p.m., March 17 and 18, 2 and 8 p.m. Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala...

Ang Pag-uusig, Ibong Adarna top Gawad Buhay with 12 nominations each

TANGHALANG PILIPINO’s Ang Pag-uusig — a translation of the classic 1953 Arthur Miller play The Crucible — received the most Gawad Buhay awards nominations...

Rep’s Silent Sky:Big on passion, a lot of science, and a...

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman, Reporter Theater Review Silent Sky Presented by Repertory Philippines Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati City On view until March 25 THE WORDS “cerebral” and...

The touring production of Lion King gets Filipino touches

TWENTY years since it first opened on Broadway in 1997, The Lion King is finally coming to Manila for the first time, and for...

How Repertory’s Silent Sky shouts women’s empowerment

REPERTORY PHILIPPINES’ production of Silent Sky comes at an opportune time when more and more Filipinas find themselves silenced and reduced to being the...

All in the Volante family

HIS six-inch red boots and perfect makeup are making a comeback on stage as singer Nyoy Volante reprises his role as the drag queen...

Pink Shorts Manila festival brings LGBT stories to light

THE WIDE shot onscreen shows a young boy being scolded by his mother for putting on makeup. The child confesses that he is gay,...

What happens when Juan Tamad, Banahaw, and Mariang Makiling all fall...

TANGHALANG PILIPINO’s Nang Dalawin ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad shows all the faces and phases of love — infatuation, frustration, jealousy, and heartache —...

Death, and then the laundry

By Sujata S. Mukhi Theater Review ’Night, Mother Presented by PETA Ongoing until March 18 PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, QC “AFTER ENLIGHTENMENT, the laundry, “ is...

CCP audience grew in 2017, targets 1M by 2020

DESPITE a small decrease in its onscreen audience when it came to the Cinemalaya Film Festival, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) saw...

A stripped down Himala

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman Reporter Theater Himala: Isang Musikal Presented by 9 Works Theatrical and The Sandbox Collective Feb. 10 to March 4 Power MAC Center Spotlight, Circuit...

Humor me: A millennial’s reaction

By Nickky F. P. de Guzman, Reporter Theater Review A Comedy of Tenors Repertory Philippines Ongoing until Feb. 18 Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati City COMEDY IS said to...

Of depression and expression

By Nickky F. P. de Guzman, Reporter Theater Review ’Night Mother Presented by PETA Feb. 2 to March 18, Fridays to Sundays The PETA Theater Center,No.5 Eymard Drive, New...

Looking for Richard in the tambakan

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento Theater Review RD3RD: Throne of Blood Presented by Tanghalang Ateneo Directed by Anton Juan and Ricky Abad On view until Jan....

Relevance of Shakespeare to the state of the nation

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S work is timeless in its themes and universal in its approach — such that one of his earliest and greatest works appears...

New Year, new shows

WITH THE NEW YEAR comes new shows and encores to the delight of theater fans. Here are some of the plays, musicals, ballets, and...

British panto brings a contemporary twist to fairy tales

LONDON -- A figure styled as Donald Trump is booed off stage by a rowdy audience enjoying the thrills of British pantomime, bringing a...

Atlantis holds musical theater, acting workshops for adults

FOLLOWING the success of its inaugural musical theater workshops for children, teenagers, and adults last year, the Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group will hold its...

Looking for Intramuros’ lost soul

ANYBODY old enough to have witnessed the heyday of Manila, especially Intramuros, always has something to share about it. For Manileño and National Artist...

PETA’s ’Night Mother invites audience to have a ‘real’ talk

JESSIE wants to end her life, and she’ll do it tonight using her father’s gun. Jessie (played by Eugene Domingo) has told her mother...

Zootopia, Frozen, Finding Nemo featured in latest edition of Disney on...

FORTY-NINE performers from around the world will arrive in Manila to bring a magical experience on 120 feet of ice this holiday season. SM Lifestyle...

Theater World (12/06/17)

Matilda Closing date: Dec. 10 Meralco Theater, Ortigas Ave., Ortigas Center The inspiring story of a little girl with big dreams, Matilda is a show not just...

Where has the flower power gone?

By Sujata S. Mukhi Theater Review Hair Till Dec. 17 By Gerome Ragni and James Rado Directed by Chris Millado Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City IT HURTS that this 50-year-old, rabble-rousing musical...

PETA’s Ang Buhay ni Galileo returns to Fort Santiago

THE OPEN THEATER in Fort Santiago hosted PETA’s plays in the 1990s. A live horse ran from the entrance to the stage in Virginia...

Just for laughs

Show Laugh it Off Nov. 27, 8 p.m. Eclipse Entertainment Lounge, Solaire Hotel and Casino By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter FANS of stand-up comedy please, well, stand up as Prime...

Hair in the time of a drug war

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman, Reporter HAIR’s opening act starts with an orgy where everyone is high on drugs and angst. The lead hippie,...

Jo Koy specializes in relatable comedy

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter AFTER the announcement that Filipino-American stand-up comic, Jo Koy (real name: Joseph Glenn Herbert), would be coming to the Philippines...

The Revolting Matilda

By Sujata S. Mukhi Theater Review Matilda the Musical Presented by Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group Directed by Bobby Garcia Ongoing until Dec. 12 Meralco Theater, Ortigas Ave., Q.C. IN THE FINAL...

Of Hair and a ‘hairy fairy tale’

REPERTORY PHILIPPINES will end this season — and its 50th anniversary celebration — with the iconic rock musical Hair, which will be brought to...

Evening with Pilita

PILITA CORRALES, icon and legend of the Philippine entertainment industry for the past six decades, goes on stage at 8 p.m. on Nov. 17,...

Producer plans to expand the country’s comedic universe

FILIPINOS love to laugh (hardly a national secret) but while they are used to the kind of humor found in comedy bars where the...

Fil-Am comic to hold Manila, Cebu shows

FILIPINO-AMERICAN stand-up comic, Jo Koy (real name: Joseph Glenn Herbert) will be performing three shows in the Philippines – two shows in Manila on...

PETA holds festival on bringing art to daily life

OVER THE last 50 years of its existence, PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association) has been staging successful commercial shows like Care Divas, Rak of...

The young talent of The Sound of Music

NEAR the beginning of the musical The Sound of Music, the lead character, novice nun Maria is asked to leave the abbey to become...

ARMM youth agency brings play about the Bangsamoro to Manila

THEATER Mas Mabigat Ang Liwanag Sa Kalungkitan Presented by the UP Repertory Company and Ang Teatro ng Timog Silangang Asya Sept. 15-17 Teatro Marikina, corner of Shoe Ave....

Ghosts of Martial Law Past, and Present

By Joseph L. Garcia Theater Review A Game of Trolls Presented by PETA September PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City Sept. 2 to 28, with 3 pm matinees on Fridays,...

Blackbird: Complex and disturbing

THEATER REVIEW Blackbird By David Harrower Presented by The Necessary Theater Directed by Topper Fabregas Sept. 8 to 10, 8 p.m., Sept. 10, 3 p.m. Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium,...

Manila comes alive with The Sound of Music

WHO IS NOT familiar with Julie Andrews’ movie The Sound of Music? The lines “The hills are alive, with the sound of music” and...

Juana Change tackles EJKs in monologues

FROM SEVERAL immersion trips and interviews of families and people involved come four monologues that address the issue of EJK (extrajudicial killings), which will...

Love, peace, rock ‘n’ roll: Rep stages Hair in November

HAIR, the first true rock musical on Broadway, is the year-end musical of Repertory Philippines’ (Rep) 2017 season. It will run from Nov. 17...

Coming home

Fifty years, 443 productions, and 80 seasons after it was founded, Repertory Philippines can proudly claim that it has achieved what it set out...