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Hey, Madame Producers! Girlie Rodis and Celeste Legaspi's Musicat

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Hey, Madame Producers!
By Walter Ang
March 22, 2014
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Following the Edsa People Power Revolution in February 1986, the theater industry underwent changes. The Cultural Center of the Philippines saw the exit of Bulwagang Gantimpala (now Gantimpala Theater) and Teatro Pilipino from the complex, and the birth of CCP's resident theater company Tanghalang Pilipino. Gantimpala and TP are still alive and kicking.

In the private sector, a trailblazing theater entity was also born. Though it has effectively gone into semi-retirement, it seems poised for a big comeback.

Talent manager Girlie Rodis and singer-actress Celeste Legaspi remembers that after Edsa, "the euphoria was there"-and so they rode the wave to found Musical Theatre Philippines (Musicat).

The tandem went on to produce seven musicals-"Katy!" (1988), "Kenkoy Loves  Rosing" (1992), "Alikabok" (1995), "Sino Ka Ba, Jose Rizal?" (1996), "Larawan, The Mu…

Lito Casaje, recovering from the Big C, directs 'No Exit'

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Lito Casaje, recovering from the Big C, directs 'No Exit'
By Walter Ang
March 8, 2014
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"No Exit," by French playwright Jean-Paul Sartre, depicts three deceased characters in the afterlife, punished by being locked into a room together for eternity. It is the source of Sartre's often misinterpreted quote, "L'enfer, c'est les autres," or "Hell is other people."

The original title of the play, "Huis Clos," is the French equivalent of the legal term "in camera," referring to a private discussion behind closed doors. It was first performed at Theatre du Vieux-Colombier in 1944. English translations have also been performed under the titles "In Camera," "No Way Out," "Vicious Circle," "Behind Closed Doors" and "Dead End."

Annual celebration
Lito Casaje is directing a production of the play, presented by the French Embassy as part of the Francophonie …