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'The Princess and the Red Carp' opens Theater Down South season

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'The Princess and the Red Carp' opens Theater Down South season
By Walter Ang
August 30, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Manila audiences are familiar with Michael Williams as one of the long-time resident actors of Repertory Philippines and one of the original West End cast members of "Miss Saigon."

Over the past few years, he's been doing more backstage work south of the metropolis?specifically, as artistic director of his own theater company, Theater Down South (TDS), based in Alabang.

TDS' 2010 season opens with "The Princess and the Red Carp," an original musical that hews close to one of the earliest versions of the Cinderella story.

With book, music and lyrics by company member Joonee Garcia, the show started off as a small-scale Chinese New Year show that The Podium mall commissioned from the group earlier this year. Favorable audience response spurred the company to expand it to its present full-length production.

"While we're most f…

Paper aesthetics at Yuchengco Museum

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Paper aesthetics
By Walter Ang
August 16, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Paper, and the many forms it can take, is celebrated in Yuchengco Musuem's current exhibit titled "Pumapapel: Art in Paper." The exhibit features the work of seven artists, artisans, and designers who explore paper in a range of expression.

The exhibit is prologued in the interior of the elevator: the walls are covered in cross-sections of paper pads. When the doors open on the third floor, visitors are welcomed by an explosion of paper stones hanging in mid-air.

The installation, "Suspended Garden," was created by Tes Pasola and Tony Gonzales. Arranged in a circular pattern anchored by a mat of rolled up newspapers, guests are encouraged to walk through a swath in the middle of the dangling stones and to lie down on the mat to view the work from the floor.

This composition allows for other vantage points (say, looking down at it from the fourth floor balcony or circling it from the sides) …

Jon Santos is Irma Vep -this time, not an impersonation

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Jon Santos is Irma Vep -this time, not an impersonation
By Walter Ang
August 16, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Jon Santos is known for his standup satire shows that highlight his impersonations of popular figures. With a track record of nineteen years, he has a trove of characters under his belt like Ate Vi, Basana Roces, Armida Sigyon-Makareyna, Sherap Espada, Shawie, Sen. Meeryam, just to name a few.

He will once again attack multiple roles in a single show, but this time, no impersonations. He is currently in rehearsals for Marie Eugenie Theater of the Assumption (Metta)'s restaging of "The Mystery of Irma Vep." One of Off-Broadway's longest running shows, the comedy is by Charles Ludlam, an American actor, director and playwright who founded the Ridiculous Theatrical Company in New York City.

The play involves only two performers (either always two actresses or two actors) with four roles each, including a werewolf, a lord and a lady, a maid and a farmhand. "…