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REVIEW: 'Wait Until Dark'--sensual, suspenseful, tightly cast show

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'Wait Until Dark'--sensual, suspenseful, tightly cast show
By Walter Ang
Jan. 25, 2014
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Upon entering the theater, one notices an annoying crack of light that seeps through one side of a door, glaring at the audience, on the set of Repertory Philippines' staging of "Wait Until Dark."

One assumes it is an ill-measured or poorly constructed frame, until the second act comes along and one realizes the clever, deliberate one-two punch of Miguel Faustmann's set design and John Batalla's lighting design in that shaft of light.

The title of the play specifies what will eventually engulf the characters and audiences. Faustmann's design for this basement apartment unit provides the second hint: There is a ceiling. This blocks Batalla's access to the battens above the stage, leaving him nowhere to hang lighting instruments to illuminate the cast from above.

The production showcases Batalla's deft workarounds to the play's cha…

'Toilet: The Musical'-a new original Filipino production from Ateneo Blue Repertory

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'Toilet: The Musical'-a new original Filipino production from Ateneo Blue Repertory
By Walter Ang
Jan. 18, 2014
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Ateneo Blue Repertory is staging its first original musical this February, written and composed by Ejay Yatco.

"Toilet: The Musical" is about the "lives of eight seemingly ordinary students" but each has a "secret to disclose within the cold confines of the toilet walls," says Yatco. "It's a story about the inevitable painful experiences one must go through in high school in order to 'grow up.'"

Fred Lo and Justine Peña, who head the cast, were previously together in two shows last year-as the Prince and Cinderella, respectively, in Resorts World Manila's Full House Theater Company's "Cinderella," and as Topper and Gabbi in Culture Shock Productions' "Sa Wakas."

Yatco arranged the music for "Sa Wakas," a jukebox musical that featured the music of the…

Annie Luis is first Filipino performer at the Beijing Opera

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Annie Luis is first Filipino performer at the Beijing Opera
By Walter Ang
Jan. 11, 2014
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Annie Luis is the first Filipino graduate of the Peking Opera Performance program of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. She completed the program in 2008 and proceeded to finish a master's degree in Directing Traditional Chinese Theatre.

"'Beijing or Peking Opera' is how the rest of the world knows it," she explains. "However, this is just a foreign scholar's translation of a Chinese term that cannot really be translated perfectly."

She adds: "It is called jingju (京劇); 'jing' (京) comes from the name of the city, Beijing, where this genre was born; and 'ju' (劇) which means 'play or drama.' The Western definition of drama could not quite include the musical aspect of this genre; hence it was considered a kind of opera, even if opera is hardly the same as jingju."

Epiphany
Hailing from Laoag, Iloco…