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Peta stages 'Skin Deep,' musical about beauty obssession

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Skin, voices, melodies 
By Walter Ang
Jan. 28, 2008
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"Write a funny musical on beauty," was the instruction that Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) Artistic Director Maribel Legarda laid down for Vince de Jesus.

Known to theater audiences more as a lyricist, composer, musical arranger and musical director rather than a playwright, De Jesus was challenged by the directive. "When you talk about beauty as a topic, the scope is so huge," he says. After reviewing the other plays that had been performed for Peta's current season, he began to focus the issues he wanted to write about.

"We've had two productions for our 40th season. Walang Himala was about discovering the effects of People Power and Batang Rizal was about finding the hero within the child. I wanted my play to be about discovering your inner self," he says.

De Jesus eventually crafted "Skin-Deep," a story about an internationally famous bali…

Mario O'Hara, creative powerhouse, back on stage

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Mario O'Hara, creative powerhouse, back on stage 
By Walter Ang
January 21, 2008
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Some people know Mario O' Hara as a film maker. Noranians know him for "Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos" in the '70s and "Bulaklak ng City Jail" in the '80s. Younger audiences may know him more for the award-winning and critically acclaimed "Babae sa Breakwater."

Others know him as a scriptwriter. He penned Lino Brocka's "Insiang" and "Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang." He's also a playwright; he won first prize in the Sarsuwela category of the Centennial Literary Prize back in 1998 for "Palasyo ni Valentin." And he is an actor for film, television and stage.

In other words, he's a creative powerhouse who slips from one craft to another without much effort. In Tanghalang Pilipino's (TP) "Kudeta!," his latest foray into theater, he plays the president of a Caribbean nation who is held captive…

Review of Repertory Philippines' 'Tuesdays with Morrie'

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No Toothaches Only Smiles 
By Walter Ang
January 14, 2008
Clickthecity.com (http://guides.clickthecity.com/arts/?p=2649)

Repertory Philippines' latest offering, Tuesdays with Morrie, is the stage adaptation of Mitch Albom's best selling book.

Bart Guingona plays the author Mitch Albom, a sports journalist who reconnects with his old college professor Morrie Schwartz.

Though successful in his chosen career, Albom feels empty and lost. Guingona aptly plays him as a high strung alpha male but is able to show his vulnerable sides.

Sixteen years after his college graduation, events lead Albom to seek out his old mentor, who unfortunately, has developed Lou Gehrig's disease.

Morrie, despite being stricken with this incurable degenerative disease of the nervous system, vows to live the remainder of his life to the fullest.

Albom is the lucky recipient of Morrie's relentless drive to remain a teacher (even if he's no longer an employee of his old university). In a clever mo…