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Former Repertory actor Angelo Paragoso bags role in play on cross-dressing Filipino care givers

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Former Repertory actor bags role in play on cross-dressing Filipino care givers 
By Walter Ang
March 23, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Former Repertory Philippines actor Angelo Paragoso has been cast in "Paper Dolls," a play written by American director/playwright Philip Himberg adapted from the documentary film with the same title by Israeli director Tomer Heymann.

The documentary, which had its Philippine premiere in 2006, "follows the lives of … migrant workers from the Philippines who work as health care providers for elderly Orthodox Jewish men [in Tel Aviv] and perform as drag queens during their spare time."

The play "Paper Dolls" held its world premiere at The Tricycle Theatre, London. Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) staged its own musical "Care Divas" in 2011, also inspired by the documentary.

With British director Indhu Rubasingham at the helm, the cast also includes two Filipino-American actors: Ron Domingo and Jon N…

Philippines hosts World Costume Festival 2013

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Philippines hosts World Costume Festival 2013 
By Walter Ang
March 23, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Preparations are underway for the World Costume Festival 2013 to be held in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines from April 26 to May 2, 2013.

"WCF 2013 will showcase costumes designed for live performances such as theater, festivals, and events," says project director Rolando "Rollie" de Leon. "We have invited international and Philippine delegates, both professionals and students, to join us and exchange and share ideas for future collaborative work."

The festival will feature lectures, conferences, workshops and master classes on costume-making taught by international experts.

It will also have a trade exposition and exhibit featuring Filipino and international fabrics and materials used in costume, fashion, and accessories. "The festival will showcase demonstrations on indigenous weaving traditions from different regions of the Philippines such as …

Opera screenings in HD, Dolby sound open tomorrow at CCP

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Opera screenings in HD, Dolby sound open tomorrow at CCP
By Walter Ang
March 18, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Opera fans and those who are curious to try out the art form will now be able to watch operas staged by New York City's Metropolitan Opera (Met) without flying to the USA.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with Opera Guild Foundation of the Philippines and the Met, will be holding screenings of the Met's latest productions in high-definition video and full Dolby sound at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

English subtitles will be available for all the screenings. The series begins on March 19 with Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida," featuring Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with heroic Radames, played by Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina. "Aida" runs at 3pm and 8pm.

Other scheduled screenings, all with 3pm and 8pm shows, of Met productions for th…

REVIEW: Pinky Amador is a powerful Piaf

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Pinky Amador is a powerful Piaf
By Walter Ang
March 16, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

In Atlantis Productions' "Piaf," audiences are greeted by a room made of wide, drab, wooden panels and crumbling shutters that reach the rafters, a visual metaphor for the vast, high-reaching yet damaged life of the play's titular French chanteuse.

Atmospherically lit by Martin Esteva using a finite color palette, Faust Peneyra's set uses the same shutters to half-reveal and half-hide a red marquee sign with Piaf's name: can we truly ever know the real Edith Piaf? Fortunately, the glimpses that can be gleaned from her life is delivered in spades thanks to Pinky Amador who portrays Edith Gassion, later named Piaf (sparrow), with an almost unbelievable force.

Amador fully embodies Piaf from her naïve, crude beginnings to her brash, wild peak, and then her fragile, withering last days; always exuding a strength of character that never wanes, even when Piaf becomes an invalid, b…

REVIEW: Tight, fun, lighthearted–Peta scores again with ‘D’ Wonder Twins of Boac’

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Tight, fun, lighthearted–Peta scores again with ‘D’ Wonder Twins of Boac’
By Walter Ang
March 9, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Educational Theater Association's (Peta) "D' Wonder Twins of Boac" is a wonderful and fun production that delivers on all levels.

Rody Vera has adapted William Shakespeare's cross-dressing comedy "Twelfth Night" and reset it at the decline of the 1960s Philippine movie industry. Far off enough in the past to elicit nostalgia and provide a workable world in which to recontextualize the characters yet close enough to the present to give audiences, young or old, a more familiar lens to view the work with.

Twins Viola (Cris Villonco) and Sebastian (Chrome Cosio) are now a singing-sibling act from Boac, Marinduque before they are torn apart by the shipwreck at the beginning of the tale. Both end up in Manila where they interconnect with Duke Orsino (Lex Marcos with alternate Bodjie Pascua) and Countess Olivia (Shamaine Bue…

REVIEW: Tanghalang Pilipino's 'Ibalong' feels unfinished

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Tanghalang Pilipino's 'Ibalong' feels unfinished
By Walter Ang
March 4, 2013

Tanghalang Pilipino's "Ibalong" begins with the potential of exciting things to come. A curtain made of straw, shimmering reeds of grass, trembles as the audience sees portions of a large snake undulate through it.

The musical is playwright Rody Vera's didactic adaptation of the extant 60 stanzas (from a purported original 400) of the epic of the same title that recounts the origins of Bicol.

The tale is reconfigured and expanded by Vera: transposing characters, reshuffling the narrative, adding an ecological moral, and nimbly segueing the ending to become the prequel for "Daragang Magayon," the Bicolano legend of the origins of Mayon Volcano.

Half-woman/half-snake Oryol (Jenine Desiderio), a villainous deity defeated by the epic's human heroes who claim dominion over Ibalong, is now the central character who betrays her supernatural kith and kin by entering into an …