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Clint Ramos wins 2016 Tony award for costume design

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Clint Ramos wins 2016 Tony award for costume design
By WALTER ANG
June 13, 2016 Inquirer.net (breaking)
June 14, 2016 Philippine Daily Inquirer (page one)

New York-based set and costume designer Clint Ramos won the 2016 Tony Award for costume design of a play for "Eclipsed," featuring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave," "Star Wars," "The Jungle Book").

"I just want to say thank you to everybody, to a group of women who are unbelievable," he said in his acceptance speech, referring to the playwright, director and cast of the play, who are all women. Part of his speech was included in the broadcast of the ceremonies held at Beacon Theater in New York.

In an e-mail message to the Inquirer after receiving the Tony Award, he said: "So grateful and thankful, especially for the support back home from everyone in the Philippines. Thank you!"

Ramos' work has been described by critics as "meticulously detailed&…

From Twin Bill Theater, a dark comedy on suicide

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From Twin Bill Theater, a dark comedy on suicide
By WALTER ANG
June 11, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Twin Bill Theater (TBT) is staging "Suicide, Incorporated," a dark comedy written by Andrew Hinderaker about a company that writes suicide letters for its clients, beginning July 15 at Performing Arts and Recreation Center in San Juan City.

The group is tackling the morbid subject matter not just because it is challenging "the taboo that is attached to suicide in the Philippines", but also to allow audiences to explore the related topics that surround it.

And if there are doubts about the macabre premise, the DC Metro Theater Arts website's review of the play states, "It's often quite hilarious, and the farther we get in the process the more the humor starts to shine."

"Beyond suicide, the play is ultimately about redemption and restoration," says director Steven Conde.

The cast features Hans Eckstein, Jeremy Domingo, George Schulze, Mak…

Some like it short and small: Artist Playground stages intimate plays

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Some like it short and small: Artist Playground stages intimate plays
By WALTER ANG
June 4, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

At a club in Tokyo, Mari, the wife of a billionaire, becomes attached to Kenji, a gigolo who has a pearl stitched under the skin of his genitalia. However, Kenji is falling for Maria, a japayuki from the Philippines.

The play "Happiness is a Pearl," written by Rody Vera, opens Artist Playground's (AP) 2016-17 season.

Artistic director Roeder CamaƱag says, "Last year, while brainstorming our season lineup, Rody mentioned this play that he wrote years ago. I found the story unusual, and it fits with our thrust to stage one-acts."

Real-life premise
Vera got the idea for the story by way of Singapore when he was there collaborating with Japanese group Black Tent Theatre. One of his co-actors had shared a story with him about the wife of one of the richest mochi magnates in Tokyo and her affair with a gigolo. Vera was able to build a fictional sto…