Posts

Showing posts from 2011

Eating food, speaking words, making theater

Image
Eating food, speaking words, making theater
By Walter Ang
Dec. 5, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

While musicals seem to be the default choice these days of many English-language theater groups in Manila, there are a few groups serving up straight plays—with food and beer.

9 Works Theatrical staged “Sweet Charity” a few months ago and has already announced its “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” for next year.

Repertory Philippines and Stages’ co-production of “Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure” just wrapped up.

Rep’s children’s musical “Suessical” and Resorts World Manila’s staging of “Sound of Music” both run until December.

Atlantis Productions wrapped up its rerun of “Next to Normal” and opened “Disney’s Little Mermaid” last week.

Groups have already announced its musicals for next year: Rep has “Jekyll and Hyde,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical.” Atlantis has “In the Heights,” “Rock of Ages,” “Nine” and “Shrek the Musical.”

Eating
On the opposite side of these bi…

"Disney on Ice" skates back to Manila this Christmas 2011

Image
"Disney on Ice" skates back to Manila this Christmas
By Walter Ang
Dec. 4, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

“Disney On Ice” returns to Manila with “Disney On Ice: Let’s Celebrate!” from Dec. 25 until Jan. 3, 2012, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The ice-skating show features more than 50 Disney characters dancing and singing to songs from different Disney films. Mickey Mouse will use his “Global Destinator” to bring everyone to different locations around the world to show how holidays are celebrated, like China for the Chinese New Year and Brazil for Carnival.

Filipino-American figure skater Justine Lopez will play Princess Tiana (“Princess and the Frog”). Princess Tiana will be featured in a royal ball with Disney Princesses like Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, Mulan, Snow White, among others.

The boys are part of the show, too. Audiences will see Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Stitch, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, among others.  Even Jack Skellington and several of the Disney villains will have the…

Eco lights now shine on works of art

Image
Eco lights now shine on works of art
By Walter Ang
Nov. 30, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"Hold on to your incandescent light bulbs, because the only place you'll see them in the future will be in museums," said Rico Gonzales, country manager of Philips Electronics and Lighting.

Philips has partnered with Ayala Museum by providing subsidized lighting using LED (light-emitting diode) units.

At the signing of a memorandum of agreement between both parties, Gonzales noted that LED is fast becoming the standard of lighting for commercial and residential use due to its longevity and low-energy consumption.

LEDs emit less heat than conventional lighting units and do not generate UV (ultraviolet) light?two elements that degrade artworks.
Philips' 35-watt Luxspace LED units have replaced 120-watt incandescent lamps, which results in energy savings of up to 70 percent.

The LED's life span of 50,000 hours (compared to incandescent bulbs' 1,200 hours and compact fluores…

Japanese danseur featured in BP’s ‘Sleeping Beauty'

Image
Japanese danseur featured in BP’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’
By Walter Ang
Nov. 21, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Japanese ballet danseur Nobuo Fujino will play Prince Desire in Ballet Philippines' staging of "The Sleeping Beauty" this December. He alternates with BP principal dancer Jean Marc Cordero.

BP principal dancers Carissa Adea, Candice Adea and Katherine Trofeo alternate as Princess Aurora, who is cursed as a baby to die. However, good fairies soften the curse and replaces death with a long, deep sleep, which will end with the kiss of true love.

Fujino will perform in only two performances. He will partner Candice Adea, 2011 USA International Ballet Competition silver medalist, in the Dec. 2 fundraising gala for the benefit of the Noordin Jumalon Dance Scholarship Fund.

Jumalon was the CCP Dance School director and passed away last Sept. 24, 2011. He had been with Ballet Philippines for more than 30 years, mentoring hundreds of dancers.

Fujino
This is Fujino's f…

Children's plays by DUP and TP starts Nov. 18, 2011

Image
Children's plays by DUP and TP
By Walter Ang
Nov. 21, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Umaaraw, Umuulan
Dulaang UP will stage "Umaaraw, Umuulan, Kinakasal ang Tikbalang" a children's play based on publisher-painter-theater producer and Philippine Daily Inquirer contributing writer Gilda Cordero-Fernando's children's short story "The Magic Circle."

"The Magic Circle" was serialized in PDI's Learning Section in 2009.* 

Adapted by Rody Vera and directed by José Estrella, "Umaaraw" is about the adventures of a boy named Jepoy Baybayin and his pet dog, Galis, as they go on a "magical journey bursting with fantastic characters and strange happenings."

Jepoy and Galis are invited to a wedding underneath a balete tree, in the middle of the dark forest. There they meet the Spanish-speaking dwarf maitre d' Pacqui, Tatlong Maria (Makiling, Sinukuan and Cacao), the enormous Doña Geronima with her clean and shiny plates, talking…

Making theater in Cebu for ten years and counting

Making theater in Cebu for ten years and counting
By Walter Ang
Nov. 15, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

To cap its tenth anniversary, Cebu's Little Boy Productions is staging a one-day-only performance of Chris Martinez's comedy "Welcome to Intelstar" and Anton Chekhov's farces "The Boor" and "The Proposal."

LBP brings in shows from Manila and stages its own shows with local talent. It's also done co-productions in Manila, including "Once on This Island" and the Filipino translation of "Art" with Actor's Actors Inc., and the Asian premiere of Disney's "High School Musical" with Ateneo Blue Repertory.

"What I'm most proud of is the diversity of shows that we've done," says Hendri Go, the man behind LBP. "In Manila, you have different theater groups with different segmented markets.  In Cebu, we don't have that.  LBP tries to do a little bit of everything."

LBP has also wor…

Pulitzer-winning novelist Edward Jones in Manila this week

Image
Pulitzer-winning novelist Edward Jones in Manila this week
By Walter Ang
Nov. 7, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Edward Jones (2004 Pulitzer Prize winner, "The Known World") will visit the Philippines under the auspices of the US Embassy in Manila. He will be featured speaker at the 2nd Manila International Literary Festival, Nov. 16-18 at Ayala Museum, Makati City.

Organized by the National Book Development Board in celebration of Philippine Book Development Month, this year's theme is "The Great Philippine Book Café." The festival will feature performances, book launches, book signings and a book fair.

The board of the Philippine Center of the International PEN [Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists], led by National Artists for Literature F. Sionil José and Bienvenido Lumbera, will host a dinner reception for Jones on Nov. 11. Visit www.philippinepen.ph.

Set in the state of Virginia in what was the not-quite-yet United States of America, Edward Jones&#…

L. De Guzman: 'I look at my painting as a form of prayer'

Image
L. De Guzman: 'I look at my painting as a form of prayer'
By Walter Ang
Nov. 5, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

After taking a nap one day in 2006, L. De Guzman woke up to discover he couldn't see, among other frightening things. He had an attack of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a severe allergic reaction to medication that causes skin to die and shed.

"The skin of my eyelids fused to my eyeballs," he says. "My corneas now have scars, my vision has blotches and it feels like there's something covering my sight."

After three months of recovery, he got involved with developmental work with an NGO. "It was hard because I had to get used to sunlight and the glare of a computer monitor. My skin was super sensitive because some layers hadn't grown back. Paperwork has difficult because my fingernails hadn't grown back yet. My fingertips were still stubs back then."

Artificial tears
He'd been working and living a normal a life as possible sin…

Starring Lea Salonga, in the role of "Mommy"

Image
Starring Lea Salonga, in the role of Mommy
By Walter Ang
November-December issue 2011
Moms Today Magazine

Lea Salonga was thrust into international stardom when she landed the lead role of Kim in the musical "Miss Saigon" in West End, London and then on Broadway, USA, winning top awards from both countries. Many years and notable roles later, she's still on top of her game, having recently performed as Grizabella in the musical "Cats" right here in Manila.

As she travelled the globe for her numerous projects, sharing her singing with countless audiences, she found love and got married to Robert Charles Chien. Initially based in the US, Chen was assigned for work in Manila and the couple has been staying here for the past few years.

Nicole Beverly was soon part of their family. While her daughter and husband are priorities for Salonga, it hasn't stopped her from continuing with her career. "Whenever I know I'll be away from home for an extended perio…

National Artist for Theater Design Salvador “Badong” Bernal dies Oct. 26, 2011 at 66

‘Bravo, Badong!’ Philippine theater pays tribute to National Artist for Theater and Design Salvador Bernal, 66
By Walter Ang
Oct. 31, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Theater artists and peers paid tribute to National Artist for Theater and Design Salvador “Badong” Bernal who died Oct. 26 at age 66.

The Philippine Theater Actors Guild said it was paying a “final standing ovation… to the master.”

“Philippine theater is now one major pillar less with the demise of Salvador Bernal,” the group said.
“In his art, Bernal brought the Filipino spirit to the stage with his design,” said TAG. “He will always be remembered for his massive scenic pieces, in which the challenge to the actor was always to equal the grandness of the space he created. No acting space was small for Bernal, because for him, that is how theater should be—grand and majestic.

“He was not only a designer; he also played the part of mentor to his juniors. He wanted to leave a legacy, but more than that, he wanted to kindle the…

Dulaang UP's "Noli" opera opens on Nov. 16, 2011

Image
Dulaang UP's "Noli" opera opens on Nov. 16, 2011
By Walter Ang
Oct. 25, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Dulaang UP will stage "Noli Me Tangere: The Opera" composed by Nat'l Artist for Music Felipe Padilla de Leon with libretto by Nat'l Artist for Visual Arts Guillermo Tolentino.

Directed by DUP Artistic Director Alexander Cortez, the production was originally envisioned to be a grand spectacle.  However, upon review, Cortez realized that the material is "a very intimate type of romantic opera."

"Tolentino provides a very romantic approach to the story based on the novel of Jose Rizal.  Highly political innuendos [in the novel] that are glossed over or not even discussed," says Cortez.

He has decided to use three pianos as accompaniment instead of a full orchestra.  Accompanists are Greg Zuniega, Noel de la Rosa and Jourdan Petalver.  Sound designer is Jethro Joaquin

"Save for three or four big scenes, the scenes are small, very mu…

Audie Gemora releases CD of theater songs

Image
Audie Gemora releases CD of theater songs
By Walter Ang
Oct. 25, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Theater actor and director Audie Gemora has released "Playlist," a music CD where he performs his favorite Broadway tunes.

Busy with running Triumphant People's Evangelistic Theatre Society (Trumpets) and its sister company Stages Productions Specialists (currently co-staging "Peter Pan" with Repertory Philippines), Gemora is also seen on TV as one of the resident judges of TV5's "Talentadong Pinoy."

He won the 2009 Philstage Gawad Buhay! for Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Musical for his portrayal of the titular role of Repertory Philippines' staging of "Sweeney Todd." He's currently playing Captain Von Trapp in Resorts World Manila's staging of "The Sound of Music."

He won the 2010 Philstage Gawad Buhay! for Best Direction for Repertory Philippines' "Equus," and is slated to direct Rep's 2012 p…

Naty Crame Rogers' Philippine Drama Company Sala Theater stages "Portrait of an Artist as Filipino" dinner theater on Oct 22 and 28

Image
Naty Crame Rogers stages "Portrait" dinner theater on Oct 22 and 28
By Walter Ang
Oct. 17, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Natividad "Naty" Crame-Rogers' Philippine Drama Company Sala Theater will perform Nat'l Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin's "Portrait of an Artist as Filipino."

Rogers directs and plays the role of Candida.  Lala Castillo plays Paula.  The play shows how the Marasigan spinster sisters who live inside Intramuros deal with the changes happening in Old Manila prior to the start of World War II, "stubbornly clinging to the genteel though impractical world of Hispanized culture."

The play will be presented as dinner-theater in Ilustrado restaurant in Intramuros.  Audiences can watch the performance while dining on the restaurant's Spanish-Filipino themed-menu: Paella Ilustrado accompanied by Callos Madrilena, Roasted Chicken ala Naranja, and Bonoan Bangus Relleno, among others.

Ilustrado, celebrating its 22nd anni…

Resorts World Manila's "Sound of Music" Oct 15-Dec 30, 2011

Image
"Sound of Music" at Resorts World Manila starts Oct 15
By Walter Ang
Oct. 15, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Theater leading ladies Cris Villonco and Joanna Ampil will alternate as Maria Rainer in Resorts World Manila's staging of the musical "Sound of Music."

Both will bring to life the role of the earnest and determined postulant nun assigned as a governess to the untamed seven children of stern Navy Captain and widower Georg von Trapp.  Laughter and love blossoms when Maria wins the children (and their father) over with music.

Both have played other "Marias" prior to this production.

Villonco has played lead roles for Repertory Philippines, Dulaang UP and, recently, for Tanghalang Pilipino's "Noli Me Tangere" as Maria Clara.

Ampil has performed internationally, starting her career as Kim in the West End staging of "Miss Saigon" and recently as Maria in Stages Production Specialists' "West Side Story."

Leading me…

From stage to page: re/viewing the views of reviewers

This is a shortened version of the paper I prepared for
Tanghalan: Preparatory Consultation and Research on Regional Theater Aesthetics project
(held from late 2009 till early 2010).

It will be presented in this year's
Tanghalin ang Tanghalan: National Conference on Theater Aesthetics
on Sept. 28-29, 2011.

To acquire the full version, for republishing permission and/or citation clarifications,
please contact:
Glecy Atienza
Conference Director
Tanghalin ang Tanghalan: National Conference on Theater Aesthetics (Philippines)
tanghalinangtanghalan@yahoo.com


From stage to page: re/viewing the views of reviewers
By Walter Ang
January 12, 2010

Part of the rationale of the Tanghalan! Preparatory Consultation and Research on Regional Theater Aesthetics project states, "A regular audience would have a feel of the qualities they look for when they watch a theater performance.  However, these qualities have to be processed and integrated into the theater artists' experience so that Phili…

Retrospective trilogy of Tony Perez plays opens Sept 30, 2011

Image
Retrospective trilogy of Tony Perez plays opens Sept 30
By Walter Ang
Sept. 26, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tanghalang Pilipino will stage "Tatlong Tabing: Three Plays by Tony Perez," which includes "Sierra Lakes;" "Bombita;" and "Nobyembre, Noong Akala Ko'y Mahal Kita."

"Perez has spent over two decades eloquently dissecting the Filipino psyche," says TP artistic director Fernando "Nanding" Josef.

"He's an important and prolific playwright in contemporary Philippine drama. His plays deal with adult themes such as intense love, betrayal, separation, compassion, poverty, hunger, marriage, birth, and death."

The plays featured in this trilogy trace the artistic development of Perez as a playwright.

"It was a consensus: three plays from three significant stages in my career as a playwright," says Perez. "'Sierra Lakes' from my early works, 'Bombita' from my first major trilogy …