Showing posts with label Onstage Greenbelt Theater. Show all posts
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

La Boheme By Met Opera in HD at Greenbelt Makati

Press Release:
THE Metropolitan Opera series in high definition (HD) continues on January 13, 2015, 6:30pm at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1 in Makati with La Boheme. The event is made possible through the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the New York Met Opera and the Filipinas Opera Society Foundation Inc. in cooperation with the Ayala Malls Cinemas and Greenbelt.

La Bohème is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere performance of La Bohème was in Turin on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio, conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini. Since then, La Bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide. 

Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo.
Other scheduled screenings of Met Opera productions for this season are:
February 10, 2015    Werther                    
            March 3                      Enchanted Island
All screenings are at 6:30 pm.

For tickets, please call Greenbelt 3 Cinema at 757-3862 or 752-7883 (Customer Service Hotline).

Thursday, February 27, 2014

August: Osage County . . . Time for Some Drama

A family drama that will resonate with most of us. August:: Osage County by Repertory Philippines is about family relationships, it's imperfections, trials, and forgiveness.

It takes a powerhouse cast to make this one explosive play.  With Ms. Baby Barredo taking the lead as Violet,Sheila Francisco taking the role of her opinionated sister, Pinky Amador and Liezl Batucan as the next generation of strong women in the family, you can expect memorable, powerful scenes.  The menfolk have delivered their roles in the best possible way that helped highlight the stand out acting of the women.

The set design and lighting helped the scenes become more vivid for the audience, not putting too much strain on the imagination.  The story flow was clear with the efficient blocking in the three-level stage.  I must admit that I was a bit worried that Ms. Barredo might lose her balance and slip with the heights required of her to climb and descend.  With the challenges---physical, mental, and emotional-- that Ms. Barredo had to overcome in developing her role considering her age, I felt that she deserved nothing short of a standing ovation.  With Pinky Amador, Sheila Francisco, and Liezl Batucan's powerful exchanges and overall memorable performance, the show was a success in several levels.  The male actors, though shorter in appearance, was just as wonderful as their female counterparts. Every actor did their part well including the young, rebellious granddaughter.  The whole drama was in good taste with no over-the-top acting that could have easily ruined the mood.  

Great set, good ligthing, amazing actors . . . what more can I say?  Another great show from Repertory Philippines.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Noises Off and Wait Until Dark leads Rep Phils Line Up for 2014

Press Release: 

In celebration of the 47th year,  Repertory Philippines presents its 77th theater season line up for 2014.  An exciting year to be in the theater indeed.

Title: Wait Until Dark
Genre: Thriller
By Frederick Knott
Awards: Audry Hepburn nominated for an Academy Award.
Film Adaptation: 1967 starring Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, and Richard Crenna
Dates: January 17 - February 19, 2014


When Sam Hendrix carries a doll across the Canada-US border, he sets of a chain of events that will lead to a terrifying ordeal for his blind wife, Susy. The doll was stuffed with heroin and when it cannot be located, its owner, a Mr. Roat, stages a piece of theatre in an attempt to recover it. He arranges for Sam to be away from the house for a day and then has two con men, Mike Talman and a Mr. Carlito, alternately encourage or scare Susy into telling them where the doll is hidden. Talman pretends to be an old friend of Sam's while Carlito pretends to be a police officer. Despite their best efforts they make little headway as Susy has no idea where the doll might be, leading Mr. Roat to take a somewhat more violent approach to getting the information from her.

Title: August Osage County
Genre: Black Comedy
By Tracy Letts
Awards: Pulitzer Prize and 5 Tony Awards
2014 Film Adaptation: Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor
Dates: February 21 – March 16, 2014


Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-Prize- and Tony-Award-winning play is one of the great new American dramas. At the Oklahoma farmhouse of the Westons, the patriarch, Beverly, goes missing. The family gathers together at the farmhouse hoping for good news, but, after five days, his body is found in a lake, a presumed suicide. The play takes us through the family’s pain, not just over Beverly’s death, but of living in a very dysfunctional family for many years. Violet, the drug-addicted, brain-addled matriarch, her three daughters, and their families try, unsuccessfully, to work out their problems from the time they arrive hoping to find Beverly, through his funeral, and on into the next day. Darkly comic, but also violent and sad, August: Osage County explores the painful issues all American families have to face, and then some.

Title: Noises Off
Genre: Farce
Author: Michael Frayn
Awards: Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play
Dates: March 28 – April 27


A comedy/ farce in three acts, “Noises Off” starts in the middle of dress/tech rehearsal for a theater company tackling “Noises On,” an English sex farce in which two couples cross paths at a country manor. But that’s just the starting point for “Noises Off,” which adds another layer of complexity by stopping the action of the play-within-the-play to take up the love lives of the actors presenting the farce.

Title: Pinocchio
Genre: Musical for Theater For Young Audiences
Authors: Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy
Dates: August 16 - December 12, 2014


In PINNOCHIO the story of a familiar wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy is told with vim, verve, and vibrancy. Set in Italy, this version tells the beloved tale of Pinocchio, a boy-sized puppet built by the caring puppet maker, Geppetto. Knowing of his longing for a son, the Blue Fairy brings Pinocchio to life as a reward for Geppetto's remarkably generous spirit. Pinocchio is told by the Blue Fairy that if he always obeys his father, she will turn him into a real boy. But the best laid plans can sometimes go awry and Pinocchio's boyish longings leads him away from his father and on an adventure unlike any other. From the Land Of The Toys to the belly of a whale, Pinocchio learns that no love is greater than that of a parent for a child.

The perfect piece for a theatre with young audiences, PINOCCHIO is peppered with universal lessons of good will and good behavior!

Title: Scrooge
Genre: Family Musical
Author: Book, Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Date: November 21 – December 14, 2014


In 1860, the stingy and cranky Ebenezer Scrooge that hates Christmas; loathes people and runs his bank exploiting his employee Bob Cratchit and clients, giving a bitter treatment to his own nephew and acquaintances. However, on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the doomed ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley that tells him that three spirits would visit him that night. The first one, the spirit of past Christmas, recalls his miserable youth when he lost his only love due to his greed; the spirit of the present Christmas shows him the poor situation of Bob’s family and how joyful life may be; and the spirit of future Christmas shows his fate. Scrooge finds that life is good and time is too short and suddenly you are not there anymore, changing his behavior toward Christmas, Bob, his nephew and people in general. A timeless family Christmas classic for all ages!!

As a special treat, enjoy Orchestra Center seats to all FIVE REP shows in 2014 for an incredible Php 2,400.00 !

Gold and Silver subscriptions are also available.

You can call the Repertory Philippines office at 571-6926. You can also purchase your ticket through the Rep website at

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Mrs. Robinson, the Mother of all Cougars, Bares Onstage

It’s true, Mrs. Robinson, bares it all for the young, more than half her age, neighbor’s son, Benjamin. You didn’t hear it from me, but this classic scandal is still going on at Repertory Philippines with their version of “The Graduate”. Now you can see it with your very own eyes at Onstage Greenbelt on April 26, 27 and 28. 

This mature play is worthy of attention because of the dedication of these fine actors to their roles, going the difficult step of being vulnerable just to achieve the play’s objective and present a believable story.  The acapela background music, simplified stage, 60s make up and wardrobe takes you to that era of our parents and grandparents college days as you notice the similarity of conflicts and issues they had with the present day college students.  The universality and relevancy of the theme will cross over to future generations as well.  Perhaps what will distinguish this play from the movie version is the inclusion of a scene that presented Elaine’s reaction to the whole situation which was originally overlooked or ignored.  Her character was given more importance and thus the quiet voice was allowed to be heard and that hanging question was addressed. 

Pinky Marquez played the pivotal character valiantly, while Reb Atadero played the confused, lost boy with as much fervor.  Sweet Cara Barredo was a shoe-in for the role of Elaine, while Jeremy Domingo portrayed a powerful, distraught father and husband.  Joel Trinidad’s characters served as comic relief to an otherwise very serious play.  Angela Padilla and Natalie Everett were true to their roles even if it meant baring all.  Aside from an entertaining performance, expect a lot of skins exposed as an added treat.

The Graduate, a hilarious, satirical look at middle-class disillusionment and social mores, was first presented to the public in 1963 as a novel by Charles Webb. Four years later, it was adapted as a screenplay by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham. Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross starred in the movie version of the Graduate (17th on the list of the American Film Institute’s Greatest Movies of All Time) which tells the story of Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate who, after being seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson, finds himself falling hopelessly in love with her daughter Elaine. Selected in 1996 by the US National Film Institute as being “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant,” the movie went on to become the 21st highest-grossing film in the US and Canada. It also featured the American Film Institute’s 6th most popular movie theme song in the history of American Cinema (“Mrs. Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkel), forever cementing the film in American popular culture.

In 2002, new life was breathed into the story when Terry Johnson adapted The Graduate for the stage. The theatrical production, which starred Kathleen Turner, Jason Biggs, and Alicia Silverstone, ran in London’s West End, on Broadway, and on tour all over the United States.

Now, Repertory Philippines finally brings The Graduate to Manila. Veteran director, playwright, and actor Jaime del Mundo (Shakespeare In Hollywood; The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe; Little Mermaid) directs the play, adding his own unique touch of wit, charm, and edge to this well-loved comedy. Heading the cast is multi-talented theater icon Pinky Marquez (No Way To Treat A Lady; Katy: The Musical) as the iconic “cougar” Mrs. Robinson. Sharing the stage with her are versatile up-and-comers Reb Atadero (Altar Boyz; They’re Playing Our Song) as the hapless Benjamin Braddock and Cara Barredo (Little Women; Rivalry: The Musical) as the charming and innocent Elaine Robinson. Rounding out the cast are theater veterans Jeremy Domingo, Angela Padilla, Natalie Everett, Joel Trinidad, and show director Jaime del Mundo.

With a hilarious script, masterful direction, and brilliant performances led by Ms. Marquez, The Graduate is sure to seduce audiences all over again.

Catch the Repertory Philippines presentation of  The Graduate on April  27(Sat) at 8pm and on April 28 (Sun) 3:30pm at Onstage Greenbelt 1. Tickets at Php1,200.00; Php1000.00, Php800.00 and Php500.00. Call 2150788 or 09175378313 or email for reservations. Show is for adults only. 

with the lovely Mrs. Robinson played by Ms. Pinky Marquez

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rep's "No Way to Treat a Lady" Opens March 1

Press Release:

Repertory Philippines proudly announces its second offering for the year 2013 with “ No Way To Treat A Lady ” --- a musical comedy thriller with book, music and lyrics written by award-winning author/composer Douglas J. Cohen.

Directed by Audie Gemora, “ No Way to Treat a Lady ” is a dark, energetic and funny musical about good boys, bad boys, and the women who shape their lives focusing on themes like betrayal, death, friendship, Jewish/Yiddish issues, love, parenting / family.

The musical was based on the 1964 novel of the same name by William Goldman which was made into a motion picture in 1968.

The dynamic cast of five ( portraying seventeen characters ! ) features Audie Gemora as Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill; Joel Trinidad as Morris Brummel; Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Sarah Stone; Sheila Francisco as Flora Brummel;  Pinky Marquez as Alexandra Gill; and Jamie Wilson as Christopher Gill (Stand In).          
Set in summer 1970’s New York City,  “ No Way to Treat a Lady ” tells the story of Christopher "Kit" Gill (Audie Gemora), an unsuccessful actor turned serial killer ----  a maniac with mommy issues who is on a rampage, and the NYPD detective on his trail, Morris "Moe" Brummell (Joel Trinidad).  Brummell is a Jewish bachelor, who still lives with his overbearing mother, in the shadow of his successful brother, the doctor.

The detective leads a rather unexceptional existence, and yearns for a way to make a name for himself.  His goal is shared by an unlikely person, a serial killer seeking notoriety and attention from the police, the press and the city at large. The killer phones Moe one day and the two begin a taunting game of cat and mouse that results in a strange dependence on one another.

Moe's plan to track and eventually trap the killer is temporarily waylaid when he meets a beautiful, rich society girl who lives in the apartment building of the first victim. Woven into the main story of cop vs. killer are two subplots ---- what made Kit a killer and Moe's relationship with his mother and his new girlfriend.

NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY  received a Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting, a Richard Rodgers grant, and a nomination for Best Revival by the New York Outer Critics Circle.

The schedule of shows are: March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2013 – 8:00 PM; March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24, 2013 – 3:30 PM. All performances are at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City.

Co-presented by the City of Makati, the artistic team of “No Way To Treat a Lady” is composed of Baby Barredo (Artistic Director); Audie Gemora (Director); Liesl Batucan (Assistant Director); Dingdong Fiel (Musical Director); Mio Infante (Set Designer); Raven Ong (Costume Designer) and John Batalla (Lighting Designer).

The production team of “No Way To Treat a Lady”  is  composed of Juno Henares (Officer in charge); Gidget Tolentino (Production Manager), Gold Soon (Stage Manager); Denis Lagdameo (Technical Director), Pol Roxas (Sound Technician), Pablito Salvador (Lighting Technician) and Adul Lasin (Set Execution and Scenic Artist).

“No Way To Treat a Lady”  a kooky, clever musical --- very entertaining and a fun way to treat an audience.

“No Way To Treat a Lady” is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd. Inc.

For details of show, please call 5716926 or 5714941 or email or log on to Tickets are also available through Ticketworld at 8919999 or visit

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Boeing Boeing : Naughty and Nice

Maintaining three girlfriends at a time is a matter of being organized and having a loyal housekeeper to cover for you.  That’s the advice of Bernard Whitford, the American playboy living in Paris  in Repertory Philippines’ season opener, “Boeing Boeing”.   This ‘60s sex comedy  is about living every man’s fantasy of juggling three girlfriends at one time---all flight attendants from different airlines and different nationalities.  An American, an Italian, and a German flight attendant, are all longing to be with the same guy.  So tell me that isn’t every warm-blooded male’s secret fantasy, aside from being James Bond?

The situation may make great locker room talk with the other guys but happiness is short-lived, and as the play proves, may be even be tragic or lonely in the end.  Reality is tweaked in this presentation since this is a comedy, so don’t  expect a tragic or suicidal ending. 

Giannina Ocampo, Jennifer Blair Bianco, and  Carla Dunareanu play the drop dead gorgeous sex kitten-like flight attendants who are scene stealers not only with their physique but funny acting performance and their brightly colored blue, red, and yellow uniforms.  It was a struggle for the guys to compete for the audience attention when these girls are on stage no matter what great actors they are.  No doubt they performed wonderfully but they were no match to sexy girls in lingerie.  It’s not their fault they were born male with less physical attributes to stare at.  Let’s face the facts, women have a way of getting attention no matter how smart or talented their male co-actors are.

Topper Fabregas is certainly one of Rep’s up and coming comedians to watch out for.  He was one of the scene stealers in last year’s Rep play “Leading Ladies” and he was memorable as well in his role in “Sweet Charity”.  David Bianco was notable for his gay role in “Next Fall” as the partner of Bart Guingona.

It was clear that the German flight attendant Gretchen played by Carla Dunareanu was the favorite of the audience for her loud antics and physical comedy. Her scenes with Topper Fabregas had the highest in the laugh meter.

Ms. Baby Barredo, the grand dame of Repertory, was not to be outdone.  She shone brightly in her short bursts of stage appearance as Bertha, the long-suffering housekeeper, with her one-liners and cocky-style of acting.  Director, set designer and veteran theater actor Miguel Faustmann did excellently in putting this play together.

The cast features David Bianco as Mr. Bernard Whitford, an American architect businessman living in Paris ---  A playboy who juggles love affairs with three air hostesses who touch down briefly but lovingly in his apartment between flights.

Topper Fabregas plays the role of the unworldly Robert, Bernard’s boyhood friend, newly arrived from Wisconsin. 

The three fiancées are played by: Giannina Ocampo as  Gabriella, the sentimental, lusty Italian stewardess. Carla Dunareanu as Gretchen, the hilarious, aggressive, dominating but thin-skinned German stewardess. Jennifer Blair Bianco as Gloria, the Southern belle with upbeat disposition take-charge health-obsessed American stewardess.

Baby Barredo plays the role of Bertha, Bernard's long-suffering housekeeper who is a chic, black-clad philosopher. A French existentialist maid who loves nothing more than to complain. Ms. Joy Virata is alternate.

The artistic and creative team of BOEING BOEING is led by Baby Barredo (Rep Artistic Director), Miguel Faustmann (Stage Director/Set Designer), John Batalla (Lighting Designer), and Raven Ong (Costume Designer).

BOEING BOEING’s production staff is composed of Juno Henares (Officer-in-Charge), Gidget Tolentino (Production Manager), Andrew Miranda (Stage Manager), Pol Roxas (Sound Technician), Pablito Salvador (Lighting Technician) and Adul Lasin (Set Execution and Scenic Artist).

The marketing, sales and publicity of BOEING BOEING is led by Toots Tolentino (Publicist), Charlie Barredo with Oliver Usison, Letty Barredo, Marie Talay and Rose Silva (Marketing and Sales) and photography by Jojo Mamangun.

For further inquiries regarding the details of show, please call 5716926 or 5714941 or email or log on to Tickets are also available through Ticketworld at 8919999 or visit

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