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Ma-Yi comedy on Fil-Am families opens in New York

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Ma-Yi comedy on Fil-Am families opens in New York
By WALTER ANG
March 21, 2016
Inquirer.net
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/137978/137978

Ma-Yi Theater Company is staging a comedy, "House Rules," about two sets of Filipino American siblings coming to terms with their respective parents' mortality at Here Arts Center, starting March 25.

Fil-Am theater artists involved in the production include playwright A. Rey Pamatmat, director Ralph Peña, sound designer Fabian Obispo, and actors Jojo Gonzalez, Mia Katigbak, Tiffany Villarin and Tina Chilip.

In one family, Vera (Katigbak) plays referee to her two daughters, over-achieving neurologist Momo (Villarin) who disapproves of photographer Twee (Chilip) living back at home after using up her grant money on a trip to India.

In the other family, cardiologist Rod and his brother JJ, a comics illustrator who likes to draw aliens with genitalia, deal with their father Ernie (Gonzalez)'s heart attack. Also, Rod's fiance Henry j…

Raymund Concepcion learns to tap-dance–at 52–for 'Stepping Out, The Musical'

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Raymund Concepcion learns to tap-dance–at 52–for 'Stepping Out, The Musical'
By WALTER ANG
March 19, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"My character is the only male student in a one-night-a-week dance class composed of mostly limited and incompetent but very enthusiastic individuals," says Raymund Concepcion II of his upcoming production "Stepping Out, The Musical" with Repertory Philippines (Rep).

"He is a bit awkward and nervous but he attends the class to cope with the loss of his wife, who loved to dance," he adds. "Attending the class allows him to relive the memory of his wife, whom he loved very much."

As the musical progresses, the classmates form friendships with each other as their dancing improves.

If Concepcion kind of looks familiar or sounds familiar, the surname may be a clue. His three sons are also in the theater industry: Red, Kevin and Sam.

He last tread the Rep boards in "Shakespeare in Hollywood" several years…

New book on Marcoses details crimes, myth-making, thievery

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New book on Marcoses details crimes, myth-making, thievery
By WALTER ANG
March 9, 2016
Inquirer.net
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/137512/137512

"My hope is that if it can even sway a few voters away from the Evil Spawn, then I would be gratified," San Francisco author Myles Garcia says of his new book and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.' bid to be elected vice president of the Philippines.

Garcia will launch his book "Thirty Years Later...Catching Up with the Marcos-Era Crimes" with a book signing at the Philippine Center in San Francisco on March 11.

"I wrote this book to help remind the Filipino people, especially the new, young voters, of the dangers of the Bongbong Marcos or Jejomar Binay candidacies, and the waste and turmoil left behind by the illegitimate, twenty-year rule of Junior's parents," states Garcia.

"I want people to have a comprehensive account of the excesses of that shameless hussy at the expense of a poor natio…

'Coro de los Diablos,' Filipino translation of 'Lord of the Flies,' goes onstage in Los Baños

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'Coro de los Diablos,' Filipino translation of 'Lord of the Flies,' goes onstage in Los Baños
By WALTER ANG
March 5, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"Coro de los Diablos," Layeta Bucoy's translation and adaptation of William Golding's novel "Lord of the Flies," will be staged at University of the Philippines Los Baños on March 8, 9 and 10.

The novel is about a group of British boys stuck on an uninhabited island and their descent into savagery.

Directed by Joey Ting, this stage adaptation "will have male and female students on their way to the World Youth Convention during World War III," says Ting. "They get stranded on an island and that's when we explore the tragic drama of human survival."

Ting's recent directing credit includes "Haring Ubu" (Alan Palileo's translation of Alfred Jarry's "Ubu Roi") and "Elevator Action" (Vladimeir Gonzales' translation of Harold Pinter…

Former Repertory Philippines actresses Nicole Barredo and Giselle Töngi in 'Criers for Hire' in Los Angeles

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Former Repertory Philippines actress Nicole Barredo in 'Criers for Hire' in Los Angeles
By WALTER ANG
March 6, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

In Los Angeles, two former Repertory Philippines (Rep) actresses, Nicole Barredo and Giselle Töngi, are appearing in a play about Filipinas who work as "crying ladies" at funerals.

Staged by East West Players, "Criers for Hire" is about three professional funeral criers who welcome Aurora's 14-year-old daughter Ligaya from the Philippines into their somber trade.

However, they soon realize that she has the opposite effect on people, making them laugh instead of cry.

The play will tackle cultural identity, generational conflict and finding home in a new country.

Barredo plays Ligaya. "It's my first time to play a Filipina character on stage here in the United States and it's very exciting because it means we are slowly being visible and represented in the American entertainment industry," she says.

Lisa Tejero plays Fil-Am character in "after all the terrible things I do"

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Lisa Tejero plays Fil-Am character in "after all the terrible things I do"
By WALTER ANG
Inquirer.net
March 3, 2016
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/137277/137277

Actress Lisa Tejero will play a Filipina bookstore owner in A. Rey Pamatmat's "after all the terrible things I do," in the play's Chicago premiere by About Face Theatre in March.

In the play, Linda (Tejero) hires Daniel (Colin Sphar), a young white aspiring writer. They discover a dark connection that goes much deeper than a love of literature. The play explores the dark side of ordinary people, second chances and the price of forgiveness.

"As an actor, it's par for the course to portray a character that is not only outside your realm of experience but also different from your own personal orientation of age, race, religion or culture," Tejeros says.

In Chicago, she has worked with Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Regionally she has appeare…

San Francisco's Bindlestiff Studio stages 'The Love Edition 2016'

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San Francisco's Bindlestiff Studio stages 'The Love Edition 2016'
By WALTER ANG
March 1, 2016
Inquirer.net
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/137163/137163

Filipino-American theater group Bindlestiff Studio will be staging "The Love Edition" (TLE) from March 3-19 in San Francisco.

The production showcases new works "about love, heartache, and the weirdness in-between."

This year's theme is "Always & 4ever" and features seven new ten-minute plays "ranging from the hilarious to the heartfelt."

Four of the seven plays this year are by Filipino American playwrights.

"57 Varieties" by Ignacio Zulueta is about Sarah and Brian's third month anniversary that comes with an unexpected twist in bed. It's directed by Joe Cascasan.

"Life of Sin" by Manny Cabrera, directed by Yato Yoshida, is about Patrick and Karen's honeymoon in the Philippines that's rudely interrupted by the mysterious Derrick.

"Pup…