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REVIEW: 'Rak of Aegis'--fitful narrative, heart-rending music

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'Rak of Aegis'--fitful narrative, heart-rending music
By Walter Ang
Feb. 15, 2014
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Myke Salomon is able to break apart Celso Abenoja's compositions for seminal rock band Aegis into fun and sometimes funny new arrangements in Philippine Educational Theater Association's "Rak of Aegis."


His rearrangements, like a slower mix of "Halik," lets the lyrics and melodies' emotions flow in ways that rend the heart from new trajectories, but definitely no less potent than Aegis' familiar all-out wailing, face-melting renditions. His electronic dance music piece that samples the same song is light and catchy.

It's more pun in the Philippines with the production's title, a play on the title of the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages," and its setting in perpetually flooded Barangay Venizia, a takeoff from canal-lined Venice.

With book by Liza Magtoto (adding a few lyric changes here and there) and directed by Peta art…

Two Filipinos, one Fil-Am cast in Disney Cruise Line shows

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Two Filipinos, one Fil-Am cast in Disney Cruise Line shows
By Walter Ang
Feb. 8, 2014
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Two Filipinos have been cast in the onboard shows of Fantasy, one of several Disney Cruise Line ships. They begin performances by the second quarter of this year.

But because they are contractually required to protect the "reality" of the characters they play in the Disney ethos--audiences must perceive the characters as real, and not some actors in costume playing a role--Charley Magalit and Rhina Echivarre demur from revealing which roles they've been cast in.

Nonetheless, Magalit, whose last production in Manila was Triumphant Peoples Evangelistic Theatre Society's (Trumpets) "The Bluebird of Happiness," reveals that, "aside from looking for talent, the people running the show are very particular about actors looking the part." (Hint: Think of non-Caucasian protagonists in the animation studio's filmography.)

"It sounds cliché…