Satisfy your theater cravings this summer.
Here are some theater productions happening this April, courtesy of Theater Fans in Manila!
Venue: Dito: Bahay ng Sining
Run: Today! 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Theater Company: Ikarus
Lead Actors: Jerome Flor as Poet/Narrator
10 Questions: Guelan Luarca as Ben and Claire (TBA)
One Rainy Evening in April: Trency Caga-anan as Frances and Tarek El Tayech as Joseph
Playwrights: 10 Questions Written by Paolo Apagalang and One Rainy Evening in April Written by Enrique Estagle
Director: Paolo Apagalang
Ticket Prices: P350
10 Questions. The year is 2010. The place, Manila, the Philippines. Enter Ben: a quiet, reserved, conservative guy. And Claire: a quirky, fun loving free spirit. They would’ve been perfect for each other. But they can’t exactly be romantic because their best friends have just split up. Or can they? The two start chatting one night. They start playing 10 questions. What happens now? In a tale of friendship, loyalty, romance, happiness, awkwardness and everything in between, how does one answer the question of: “What is love?”
One Rainy Evening in April. Watch this play if you’ve ever thought of saying something to someone you love/used to love, but ended up not saying it. Or saying something different. Yeah, we’re going to make you cry.
Venue: Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1
Run: April 10-May 3 (Fridays-Sundays)
Theater Company: Repertory Philippines
Director: Miguel Faustmann
Lead Actors: Jamie Wilson, Goldie Soon, Mikkie Bradshaw, Jeremy Domingo, Paul Holme, James Stacey, Steven Conde, and Mara Javier
Ticket Prices: P600, P500, P400
How to Get Tickets: Call 843-3570 or Ticketworld at 891-9999 / ticketworld.com.ph
The story of London cab driver John Smith, with two wives, two lives and a very precise schedule for juggling them both. With one wife at home in Streatham and another at home in Wimbledon, and with occupants of the flat upstairs at the latter location.
Trouble brews when Smith is mugged and ends up in hospital, where both of his addresses surface, causing both the Streatham and Wimbledon police to investigate. Having upset his schedule, Smith becomes hopelessly entangled in his attempts with his lazy layabout neighbour upstairs in Wimbledon, to explain himself to his wives and two suspicious police officers.
Venue: APC Auditorium (3 Humabon Place, Magallanes, Makati City)
Run: April 14, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Theater Company: Teatre Phileo
Playwright: Rogelio Braga
Directors: Wisdom Miuceros and Cled Laranang
Ticket Prices: Blank-ticket (any amount you deem necessary)
How to Get Tickets: Call Wisdom at 0926 187 1625
Kabalintunaan is a twin-bill play production, which is composed of “Ang Mga Mananahi” and “So Sanggibo A Ranon Na Piyatay O Satiman A Tadman”, both written by Mr. Rogelio Braga (a writer, essayist, and playwright based in Manila). These two stories both aim to raise awareness about the lives of Moros, Meranaos, Bangsa Moros, and Muslims in our country.
Notes: Ang aming malilikom na kita mula sa dulaang ito ay ihahandog namin sa Health Organization of Mindanao (HOM) – isang lokal na organisasyon mula sa lungsod ng Cotabato na may layuning mapaunlad ang kalusugan at kapakanan ng ating mga kababayang Pilipino, lalung-lalo na sa mga apektadong komunidad, sa kusang-loob na batayan.
Ouroboros: Mga Pananalamin at Panganganino
Venue: Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan (THY), Faculty Center, UP Diliman, Quezon City
Run: April 17, 7p.m., April 18-19 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.)
Theater Company: UP Dulaang Laboratoryo
Directors and Choreographers: Jon Abella, Al Garcia, Stephen Vinas, Dexter M. Santos
How to Get Tickets: Contact Camille Guevara at 0917 823 9531 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Dulaang UP office at 981-8500 loc 2449 / 433-7840 (look for Camille Guevara or Samanta Clarin)
The show features plays that mirror human’s rituals of introspection and (re)discovery:
Ang Ahas (Alexander Cortez’ translation of Jean Claude Van Itallie’s The Serpent), a ceremony of sin, violence, greed, lust, and human desires;
Para Sa Mga Babaeng Manlalakbay na Nagtangkang Magpatiwakal Habang Nasa Daan Patungo Sa Bahaghari (Joi Barrios’ adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf), a tribute to seven women in a journey to their dreams and horrors; and
Ang Sopranong Kalbo (Rolando Tinio’s Filipino translation of Donald M. Allen’s English translation of Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano), a sojourn to a series of nonsensical life events.
Venue: Opera Haus (3657 Bautista St. Palanan, Makati)
Run: April 22, 7 p.m.
Theater Company: Philippine Opera Company
Musical Direction: Jon Meer Vera Perez
Director: Floy Quintos
Performers: Karla Gutierrez, Tricia Amper Jimenez, Lorraine Lisen, Joseleo Logdat, Bernadette Mamauag, Krissan Manikan, Gabri Dolor Panlilio, Nomer Son, Jurgen Unterburg with RankOne guest performers Christine Crame, Anton Ferrer, Wesley Pereira, Jon Meer Vera Perez, Stephanie Reese, and Jonathan Wagner
How to Get Tickets: Call the Philippine Opera Company at 822 9609 / 0917 527 2880
MAD ABOUT MOZART: SEX, SEDUCTION, DEATH, AND TRANSCENDENCE will present excerpts from the seminal operas and oratorios of Mozart integrated with dance, stream of consciousness narrative, and mixed media. All performers – singers, dancers, actors, and musicians – will be integrated with the audience for an all-immersive 360-degree black box theatre experience. Mozart’s music is alternatingly sacred and profane, exploring the perennial conflict between the id, the ego, and the super ego. Ultimately, the programming of the scenes will demonstrate that we can attain a state of classical ‘balance’ and inner peace by exploring the layered dimensions of dark and light.
KARITAS AT DAMASO X ISANG MAGSASAKA
Venue: Bulwagang Tandang Sora, CSWCD
Run: April 24 and 26 (7pm), April 25, 27, May 1 (3 p.m. and 7 p.m.)
Theater Company: The UP Repertory Company
Directors: Dax Carnay and Eshei Mesina
Ticket Prices: P140 (students), P200 (regular)
How to Get Tickets: Call Mara at 0917 852 8950
This summer, The UP Repertory Company will take you in on a party with ravaged personas lingering in the darkness behind church doors and beyond the forests. No other party this summer will drive you as wild as KARITAS AT DAMASO X ISANG MAGSASAKA, an all-new twin-bill production featuring the works of two prolific playwrights from the UP College of Arts and Letters, Professor Reuel Aguila and U.Z. Eliserio, and their amusing take on Philippine culture and history:
U.Z. Eliserio’s KARITAS AT DAMASO is a musical satire about fanaticism in four devout Catholics- a priest, two nuns, and a lady – who unravel certain experiences in sin and sex in an action-filled battle of faith and wits.
ISANG MAGSASAKA by Reuel Aguila is a Palanca-award winning play that tells one violent incident through three different narratives, a testament that reality is indeed painted in multicolor and shades of gray.
In its 43rd Year of Service to Philippine Theater, we bring you a musical celebration of the lives of the common woman and man that aims to liberate minds, question the authorities, and rock the system. Under the direction of two of its prized alumni, Dax Carnay and Eshei Mesina, the UP Repertory Company takes you into these two tales of struggle in an entertaining romp of music, wit and tragedy- a summer party you’ll never forget!
Broadway Open Mic
Venue: DITO: Bahay ng Sining (J. Molina Street, 1807, Marikina City)
Run: April 25, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Company: DITO and Sixteen Bars
Ticket Prices: P150 door charge plus a free drink and a song slot; P 50 per additional song slot
Contact: 0922 870 2145; 0922 872 0651; 0923 224 4707; 0915 502 1497
Want to belt out your favorite broadway song? Then make sure to be at DITO: Bahay ng Sining on April 25 (Saturday). Be ready with a music sheet of your choice or notify Sixteen Bars before the event about what song you’re singing so the pianist can assist you in finding the music sheet.
SABEL, Love and Passion: A Musical Theater Production (World Premier Gala)
Venue: The Theatre at Solaire
Run: April 30 (Thursday), 8 p.m.
Theater Company: FRStage, Inc. Production
Presenters: BenCab Art Foundation and Sureste Properties, Inc.
Direction, Book and Lyrics: Freddie Santos
Music and Musical Direction: Louie Ocampo
Actors: Iza Calzado, The Philippine Ballet Theater, Audie Gemora, Aicelle Santos, Bo Cerrudo, Tonette Taus, Timmy Pavino, and Tippy Dos Santos
How to Get Tickets: Stay tuned for further updates
For many years, Sabel served as a major recurring subject in many of National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab)’s works. Sabel, Love and Passion: A Musical Theater Production will be a highlight of BenCab’s celebrates 50 years of his artistry. This historic new musical theater production will showcase the musical genius of Louie Ocampo, with the direction, book and lyrics of Freddie Santos. Starring actress Iza Calzado and the Philippine Ballet Center, Sabel, Love and Passion will be joined by both respectable and promising theater performers to date. Among them are Audie Gemora, Aicelle Santos, Bo Cerrudo, Tonette Taus, Timmy Pavino, and Tippy Dos Santos!
So don’t miss out on these great shows!
Take your pick and have a happy #TFMWeekend!