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Technical director Ohm David's horror collection

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He has daughters named Anakin and Antigone, and a premium collection of horror toys
By Walter Ang
August 24, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Growing up in a family of scientists, Ohm David was nicknamed the measurement unit of electrical resistance. "I was already in kindergarten when I realized I had another name, a 'real' name," he says, laughing.

The nickname may have proven predictive for his profession as resident technical director of Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas. As the job designation suggests, he handles the non-design components of the lighting, sound and set requirements for productions.

"For lights we encounter reading plans, wiring, focusing. For sets, we tackle drafting, reading and making plans, construction, painting."

Aside from hands-on skills, a technical director also needs organizational, administrative and planning skills, he says.

"Technical directors plan a production's technical schedule: when sets are constructed, lights…

REVIEW: The mirror has two maids in Jean Genet's play

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The mirror has two maids
By Walter Ang
August 17, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The title alone of French playwright Jean Genet's "The Maids" prompts a consideration of this particular staging's venue location: in a building that straddles, a sort of unofficial boundary, the red light district and a high-end private residential area.

Power, economics, status, sex and their boundaries, the audience soon finds out, are explored in this tale of two sisters who work in the titular occupation for the unnamed Madame.

Staged by Musicartes with support from Theater Actors Guild, this English production (translated by Bernard Frechtman) is directed by Anton Juan.

Male actors are cast as the sisters. Juan is Solange and Topper Fabregas is Claire. In a fun bit of stunt casting, different actors, both male and female, portray Madame in each show.

Boundaries
The male casting for the two leads is as what the playwright has always intended it to be. The most recent professional stag…

Rep’s children's musical ‘Alice in Wonderland’ 2013

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Bituin Escalante, Joel Trinidad headline Rep’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’
By Walter Ang
August 10, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

“This is a musical about Alice’s incredible journey into a world unlike her own where she meets the most surprising set of wild characters,” says director Joy Virata, founder of Rep’s Children’s Theater.

Based on English author Lewis Carroll’s 1865 fantasy novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the story has had many interpretations across different mediums. Some adaptations incorporate elements from the book’s 1871 sequel “Through the Looking-Glass.”

The latest high-profile adaptation was a Walt Disney Pictures film version directed by Tim Burton with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as White Queen and Helena Bonham Carter as Red Queen.

Disney Theatrical is reportedly adapting the movie into a stage musical. Screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who was nominated for a Tony Award for her book of Disney’s stage version of its animated musical “Beauty and …

Joel Lamangan is Gantimpala Theater's new artistic director

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Joel Lamangan is Gantimpala Theater's new artistic director
By Walter Ang
August 3, 2013
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Theater, television and film director and actor Joel Lamangan is Gantimpala Theater's new artistic director.  He steps into the position months after GT's founding artistic director Tony Espejo passed away last year.

GT's theater season line-up for 2013-2014 includes its iconic "Four Classics:" "Ibong Adarna," "Florante at Laura," "Kanser (Noli Me Tangere)," and "El Filibusterismo."

Also included in this year's season are two touring musicals: children's musical "Ang Prinsepe at ang Pulubi," Beth Puyot's translation of Mark Twain's "The Prince and the Pauper," and the historical drama "Katipunan: Mga Anak ng Bayan," to commemorate the birth sesquicentennial of nationalist and revolutionary Andres Bonifacio.

Lamangan, while well known for his work in film with mul…