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The real and reel Macbeth

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The real and reel Macbeth
By Walter Ang
February 28, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The real and the reel will be used in Anton Juan Jr.'s staging of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth."

Months ago, Judy Ick casually mentioned to Juan a concept that she had for the Bard's tragedy of a Scottish soldier who gains power through murder: "I wanted the supernatural world [of Macbeth] projected onscreen as I felt that that would be the closest analogue to the supernatural in the present day."

"Think about it, all our fantasies, desires and projections are embodied on screens that hold special power over our imagination -- cinema, television, the internet. They really govern the way we imagine ourselves," she adds.

Internationally renowned for his unorthodox stagings of various works, Juan liked the idea and developed it. "Screens show and conceal. Screens in movie theatres, television, computers, mobile phones and digital gadgets mirror only one or t…

Hitchcock's '39 Steps' reaches stage

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Hitchcock's '39 Steps' reaches stage
By Walter Ang
February 7, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Marking her return to the Philippine theatre scene after living in London for the past 10 years is Liza Infante-Robinson.

She will play three different characters in Repertory Philippines' "The 39 Steps." "It's challenging but really a lot of fun! I get to do three different accents and change my look and character. Creating characters was one of the things I loved most in the theater and here I get to do it three times over!" she says.

A comedy written by Patrick Barlow adapted from the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock, the production calls for a total of four actors to play over 140 characters in 100 minutes with fast quick changes and occasionally playing multiple characters all at once.

"The 39 Steps" follows the adventures of Richard Hannay as he becomes embroiled in "dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and devastatingly be…

Peta's 'Care Divas'--caregivers by day, showgirls by night

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Peta's 'Care Divas'--caregivers by day, showgirls by night 
By Walter Ang
February 4, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta)'s newest musical comedy-drama "Care Divas" is about a group of Filipino caregivers working in Tel Aviv, Israel during the second Intifada (Palestine-Israel conflict). Come night fall, they moonlight as glamorous drag queens in a club.

Playwright Liza Magtoto delved into online articles and films on Israeli life, Orthodox Jews and Jewish culture for background material.

"It wasn't enough that we had to show the life of caregivers alone," she says. "We had to ground it to their lives in Israel, the culture there, and the political context, including Intifada. It could be set in Japan or some other place, but there was inherent dissonance when you juxtapose being gay, Jewish culture, Hebrew language, being in Israel, being illegal or legal migrant workers, and the effect of the Int…