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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

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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 …

"Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure" opens on Sept. 29, 2011

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"Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure" opens on Sept. 29, 2011
By Walter Ang
Sept. 26, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Asian premier of a new musical version of "Peter Pan" will be staged by Repertory Philippines and Stages Production Specialists starting Sept. 29.

Based on J.M. Barrie's book, "Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure" will feature Sam Concepcion in the title role and Michael Williams as Captain Hook.

The story revolves around the boy who refuses to grow up, his visit to the home of the Darling siblings Wendy, Michael and John; and how he takes them to Never Land.  There they have adventures with Tinkerbell the fairy, the Lost Boys, Indian sqaw Tiger Lily and her braves, mermaids, and Captain Hook's pirates.

The musical's book is by Willis Hall; music and lyrics are by award-winning duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe ("Honk!" and the Disney-Cameron Mackintosh "Mary Poppins").

Co-directors Jaime Del Mundo and Menchu Lau…

Novy Bereber choreographs for Ballet Philippines' 'Inamorata'

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Novy Bereber choreographs for Ballet Philippines' 'Inamorata'
By Walter Ang
September 2011

Former Ballet Philippines choreographer and company member Novy Bereber is returning to choreograph a new piece for the company's production this September.

He will stage "Nanay" for "Inamorata," (Italian for "the beloved") a showcase of "classic and contemporary works about the women we love, presenting the many their facets" with works by different choreographers.

The production is part of BP's 42nd season (2010-2011) dubbed "The Faces of Eve," a celebration of the centennial of International Women's Day.

Other new works are choreographed by BP artistic director Paul Alexander Morales, BP resident choreographer Alden Lugnasin, and former BP artistic director Denisa Reyes.

Also choregraphing are Dance=Pull Dance Company artistic director Dwight Rodrigazo; Hong Kong-based choreographer and 2010 Gawad Buhay winner for Outst…

Rizal’s dream life, other Rizaliana at Yuchengco Museum

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Rizal’s dream life, other Rizaliana at Yuchengco Museum
By Walter Ang
Sept. 19, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

In the first public forum of its kind, Jose Rizal's astrological birth chart was discussed at the Yuchengco Museum.

Astrologer Resti Santiago created a birth chart for the country's national hero, using an estimated birth time gleaned from researched documents.

Santiago proceeded to show how the planetary positions in Rizal's chart overlaid with the people in his life, his time abroad, and his return to the Philippines.

The talk was part of the museum's series of activities under its "RIZALizing the Future" exhibit, mounted to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Jose P. Rizal and the 100th anniversary of the Yuchengco Group of Companies-the holdings company that owns and operates the museum and whose Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation is named after the national hero.

On September 24, dream-work counselor Lucito de Jesus will discuss "Jos…

REVIEW: Theaterbatoring DUP's "Titus Andronicus"

thoughts on dup's "titus andronicus"
by walter ang
sept. 18, 2011
theaterbator.blogspot.com
http://theaterbator.blogspot.com/2011/09/theaterbatoring-dups-titus-andronicus.html 

the bucoy-rutaquio adaptation/staging of "titus andronicus" is brilliant.

in its announcements, the show is described thus: "titus is now a hitman named carding and the play is set 'two weeks before the elections, where political chaos and religious frenzy intertwine in a world where politics, showbiz and a town feast drown the people in murky violence.'" its staging follows through, and then some.

with the production's layers upon layers of meaning, symbol, metaphor and sass, it's able to interweave quintessential pinoy ethos/pathos/bathos into shakespeare's text/plot in a way that works amazingly well. the production creates theater that is, with its staging choices, exciting and rousing, and, ultimately, theater that is, with its recontextualization of the …

Crafting plays about Rizal and Shakespeare

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Crafting plays about Rizal and Shakespeare
By Walter Ang
Sept. 12, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Theatergoers are familiar with Ronan "Ron" Capinding as an actor.  He's been in productions for Tanghalang Ateneo (Iago in "Othello"), Dulaang UP (Mary Stuart) and Virgin Labfest (Suor Clara).

What they may not know is that he's also a playwright.  Capinding has devised two productions that aim to make two different "classic" figures and their work more accessible to younger audiences: Philippine Educational Theater Association's "William" and Tanghalang Ateneo's "Para Los Jovenes: Mga Kuwentong Pangkabataan ng Nakatatandang Rizal."

Rap, hip-hop
Capinding is no stranger to Shakespeare's work as he's played lead characters from Romeo to Shylock.  For Peta's 44th season opener, he uses this experience to craft a play that uses rap, hip-hop and fliptop to introduce the Bard's immortal characters to young audiences.

New and different ways to illuminate the home

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New and different ways to illuminate the home
By Walter Ang
Sept. 7, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"There is nothing more special than a well-lit home," said Rico Gonzales, CEO and country manager of Philips Philippines. "Lighting adds drama and beauty; it can change the entire feel of your home."

To provide more choices in lighting design for Filipino home owners, Gonzales led the launch of a new range of home lighting solutions from Philips Lighting and Electronics.

The company's new collections combine energy-efficient lighting technology with designs that appeal to different lifestyles and can be used to create different moods and atmospheres.

"Through 'Philips Home Lighting Solutions Made Simple' showrooms in different home supplies stores like Wilcon Filinvest, you can shop in realistic home environments and be easily guided through different options. We aim to enhance Filipinos' lives with light.  We want to help you see your homes in a …

Bembol Roco is Filipino Titus Andronicus

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Bembol Roco is Filipino Titus Andronicus
By Walter Ang
Sept. 5, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

While his sons Felix and Dominic have been in the limelight lately due to their various appearances in film and TV, Bembol Roco is still recognized by audiences.

He's been building a theater audience, too.  He's been in Tanghalang Pilipino's "American Hwangap," Philippine Educational Theater Association's "Ang Post Office," and Virgin Labfest's "Balun-balunan."

This month, he's set to play the titular role in Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas' staging of "Titus Andronicus," the third offering for its 36th season (2011-2012).

Considered William Shakespeare's bloodiest and goriest play, this tale of ancient Roman general Titus Andronicus, his capture of Tamora, Queen of the Goths, and their ensuing episodes of revenge against each other has been translated into Tagalog and adapted to a Filipino milieu by playwright Layeta Buc…

Review of PETA's "Care Divas" in Journal of Asian Perspectives in the Arts and Humanities

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Art reviews: Care Divas by Peta
By Walter Ang
September 1, 2011
Vol. 1, No. 2
Asian Perspectives in the Arts and Humanities
http://www.philjol.info/philjol/index.php/APAH/article/view/2374/2036

Philippine Educational Theater Association's "Care Divas," a musical that revolves around the friendship/s between Filipino contract care givers in intifada-infested Israel, wraps heavy themes of displacement, frustration and loss with song-and-dance.  And with sauciness, thanks to the five protagonists who moonlight as drag queens.

These relationships are anchored by the story of Chelsea (played by Melvin Lee) as she navigates her own relationships: with her care diva friends, with her employer/patient and, of course, with her love interest. Two other care divas (Ricci Chan alternating with Jerald Napoles) and Shai (Vince De Jesus) provide somewhat major subplots while the last two, Thalia (Jason Barcial, Dudz Teraña) and Jonee (Buddy Caramat, Phil Noble), are mostly for comic relie…