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Two 'Romeo and Juliets,' in fair Manila

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Two 'Romeo and Juliets,' in fair Manila
By Walter Ang
Jan. 31, 2015
Philippine Daily Inquirer


"Two productions, both alike in dignity,
In fair Manila, where we lay our scene.
From ancient source, staged for this century."

Just time for Valentine's in February, two productions of William Shakespeare's timeless classic on star-crossed lovers "Romeo and Juliet" are happening within days of each other in Manila.

Both productions will be using modern elements to bring the play closer to today's audiences.

Assumption College's (AC) Marie Eugenie Theater for the Arts' (Metta) production features Riki Benedicto and Russell Legaspi alternating as Romeo and Benvolio. Both guest actors are alumni of the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors' Company.

Female roles are portrayed by AC alumnae and students. Thea Gloria, a graduate of the college's Theater Arts program, leads the pool of actresses alternating as Juliet. Gloria's recent credits include Rep…

From Tanghalang Pilipino, a Filipino adaptation of 'Dangerous Liaisons'

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From Tanghalang Pilipino, a Filipino adaptation of 'Dangerous Liaisons'
By Walter Ang
Jan. 24, 2015
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) will stage "Juego de Peligro," an adaptation of French army general Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' 18th-century epistolary novel "Les Liaisons dangereuses," this February.

Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino is set to play the Marquise de Merteuil/Margarita, a scheming widow who teams up with Vicomte de Valmont/Vicente (Arnold Reyes) in a contest to see who can corrupt the young and virginal C├ęcile de Volanges/Cecilia and the virtuous and recently married Madame de Tourvel/Teresa.

Tuxqs Rutaquio, TP associate artistic director, will direct and design the set. James Reyes will handle costume design. Music will be by Jed Balsamo and lighting design by John Batalla.

"JUEGO de Peligro," opening Feb. 20 at CCP Little Theater, stars Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Arnold Reyes and LJ Reyes, under Tanghalang Pili…