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'Janus Silang': From young adult novel to manga piece-and, now, stage play

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Edgar Samar's folklore-infused work debuts as a Tanghalang Ateneo production this February
By WALTER ANG January 27, 2017 Philippine Daily Inquirer
Just like a video game character that comes to life in different versions across different consoles and devices, Edgar Samar's creation, "Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon," has been finding new lives in different adaptations.

The story of teenager Janus Silang, who encounters supernatural creatures as he tries to solve the mystery of why players of an online game have died simultaneously, was published as a young adult novel by Adarna House.

Adarna House's imprint Anino Comics then published a graphic novel adaptation illustrated manga-style by Inquirer's To Be You section contributing artist Natasha Ringor. Samar has also been in meetings with ABS-CBN for a television adaptation.

In February, Tanghalang Ateneo will stage Guelan Luarca's play adaptation, under Charles Yee's direction (He recently dir…

What helps Carla Guevara-Laforteza ease into sleep after a show

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By WALTER ANG
Jan. 14, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Ephesus Teatron is staging a one-weekend run of the Broadway musical comedy "Once Upon a Mattress," an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea."

Carla Guevara-Laforteza plays lead character Princess Winnifred the Woebegone, a role played by Sarah Jessica Parker in the Broadway revival in the '90s.

The musical, which originally starred Carol Burnett, has music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Barer, Jay Thompson and Dean Fuller.

A 2005 TV adaptation starred "New Girl's" Zooey Deschanel and "Glee's" Matthew Morrison in featured roles.

While Guevara-Laforteza plays a character whose sensitivity is tested using a pea placed under many mattresses, her own sleeping kryptonite is music.

"It's either the TV is on or there should be silence, but no music because I tend to hum or sing along," she says.

Calming down

Who is the goody-two-shoes, tattletale and troublemaker among Cherie Gil, Roselyn Perez, Michael Williams?

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They play squabbling siblings in Rep's 80th season opener, 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'
By WALTER ANG
Jan. 7, 2016
Philippine Daily Inquirer

(Published under title: What childhood was like for Cherie Gil, Roselyn Perez, Michael Williams)

Note: The print version of this story mentions that this production is Rep's 50th-season opener. It's the 50th year of Rep, and its 80th season. The online version reflects this correction.

Repertory Philippines' first production for its 80th season is the comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," about three siblings who deal with the possibility of their house being sold off.

Written by Christopher Durang, it won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play.

It will be directed by Bart Guingona, whose recent credits include "Almost, Maine" and "The Normal Heart," for which he won the 2015 Philstage Gawad Buhay for Outstanding Direction.

Playing the siblings are Cherie Gil (Masha, the dramatic sib…