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Friday, April 11, 2014

Noises Off, Chaotic Brilliance On


Insane. Hilarious. Chaotic Genius. The movie may not have been a big hit to some, but watching the play version of Noises Off is a different experience you must try. Why? . . . because it's live and you can feel the tension and chaos stronger. The energy was crazy and the actors got us, the audience, involved in their conflicts as we gasped, panted, and howled at their every encounter.

That's the fun thing about watching live stage shows, you witness the actors every move and every breath without knowing what could happen next even if you see the play over and over again. It's different every time . . . be it a small blunder, an adlib, a wrong move, a missed line.  In this particular play, you will definitely see all of the above.

My favorite is the backstage scene where the brilliance of choroegraphy, blocking, and timing is highlighted. Three stories going on, crisscrossing each other at the backstage as the onstage performance goes on. Allowing the audience a peek behind the curtains is a comedy concept that certainly invites curiosity regardless of whether you have seen the movie version or not.  Because there are new actors with new personalities and together, they have a different kinds of synergy is the “surprise” or differentiator for each and every play.

What could go wrong onstage goes wrong.  Every actor and director's nightmare is brought to life, and this is what the play centers on. Watch Noises Off for a good laugh at Onstage, Greenbelt 1. Ongoing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until April. Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 330pm and 8pm, Sundays at 330pm. Tickets at the door . P600/500/400. You may also call Ticketworld 8919999 or check www.repertoryphilippines.com.

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.










Friday, February 7, 2014

An Intimate Chat with Rep's August: Osage County Drama Team


Here is a glimpse of what to expect from Repertory Philippines this coming February 21.  Meet the actors and what they have to say about their roles.  Let the Drama begin . . . see you at the theater.

Repertory Philippines proudly announces its second offering for the Season 2014 with “ AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY ” - The 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama written by Tracy Letts.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is set to open on February 21 and shall run up to March 9, 2014 at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is set on the plains of modern day, middle-class Oklahoma. The Weston family members are all intelligent, sensitive creatures who have the uncanny ability of making each other absolutely miserable. When the patriarch of the household mysteriously vanishes, the Weston clan gathers together to simultaneously support and attack one another.

Written with a strong sense of humor, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
shall follow the meltdown of the Weston family as each member has personal difficulties that they are unable to resolve.

Chris Millado, a well-respected theater veteran and currently the Vice-President and Artistic Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines will direct August: Osage County.

The cast of August: Osage County and the characters they portray are as follows:

BABY BARREDO shall play the role of Violet Weston, the central character of the play and tracks her life across the month of August while she lives in Oklahoma. The devious matriarch, Violet is addicted to painkillers (and any other pill she can pop) including alcohol and is beyond the glory of her life when she was a famous poet. She suffers from cancer of the mouth. But that doesn’t stop her from spewing her cynicism or her hilariously sinister insults. She has also lost Beverly, her husband.

PINKY AMADOR plays the role of Barbara Fordham, the eldest daughter. In many ways, Barbara is the strongest and most sympathetic character. Throughout the play, she tries to gain control of her chaotic mother, her dilapidated marriage, and her pot-smoking 14 year old daughter.

TAMI MONSOD plays the role of Ivy Weston, the middle daughter. A quiet librarian, and stereotypically mousy. Ivy has stayed close to home, unlike the other errant Weston sisters. This means Ivy has had to endure the acid tongue of her mother. She has been maintaining a secret love affair with her first cousin.

LIESL BATUCAN plays the role of Karen Weston, the youngest daughter. She claims to have been unhappy her entire adult life, prompting her to move away from the family and reside in Florida. However, she returns to the Weston home bringing along a fiancĂ© in tow – a successful 50 year old business man who, unbeknownst to Karen, turns out to by the most loathsome character within the play.

LEO RIALP plays the role of Beverly Weston, husband of Violet and father to his three 40-something daughters. He was a one-time world class poet and full-time alcoholic. He’s polite, soulful, melancholy, and ultimately suicidal.

KENNETH MORALEDA plays the role of Bill Fordham, Barbara's estranged husband and Jean's father, age 49. A college professor, he has left his wife for a younger woman named Cindy, one of his students, but wants to be there for his family. His marriage is disintegrating and his patience is slowly running thin.

SHEILA FRANCISCO plays the role of Mattie Fae Aiken, Violet's sister, Charlie's wife and Little Charles' mother. Just as jaded as her sister, Mattie Fae constantly belittles her son and antagonizes her husband. Eventually she reveals the major plot point that Beverly, not Charlie, is the real father of Little Charles. Sheila is also the understudy for Violet Weston.

THEA GLORIA plays the role of Jean Fordham, Bill and Barbara's smart-tongued 14-year-old daughter. She smokes pot and cigarettes, is a vegetarian, loves old movies, and is bitter about her parents' split. More naive than she would like to believe.

RICHARD CUNANAN plays the role of Charlie Aiken, husband of Mattie Fae and the presumed father of Little Charles. Charlie, a genial man, was a lifelong friend of Beverly. He struggles to get Mattie Fae to respect Little Charles.

HANS ECKSTEIN plays the role of Steve Heidebrecht, Karen's fiancé. A businessman in Florida, (whose business, it is hinted, centers around the Middle East and may be less than legitimate) and not the "perfect man" that Karen considers him. He eventually sexually molests Jean after the two smoke pot together.

NOEL RAYOS plays the role of "Little" Charles Aiken, son of Mattie Fae and Beverly, 37 years old—but, like everyone else, he believes Charlie is his father. Unemployed and clumsy, his mother calls him a "screw-up", which may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. He is secretly having an affair with Ivy, who is revealed to actually be his half-sister.

ANGELI BAYANI plays the role of Johnna Monevata, a Cheyenne Indian woman, whom Beverly hires as a live-in housekeeper shortly before he disappears. Violet is prejudiced against her, but she wins over the other family members with her cooking skills, hard work, and empathy. Johnna is the silent witness to much of the mayhem in the house.

NATHS EVERETT will understudy the role of Johnna Monevata.

ARNEL CARRION plays the role of Sheriff Deon Gilbeau, a high-school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara's, who brings the news of Beverly's suicide to the family.

August: Osage County received the Jeff Award (Chicago – 2007) for Best New Work and Best Production. These two awards were closely followed in 2008 by other six awards: Best New Play awarded by Drama Desk, Distinguished Production of a Play by Drama League, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play.

Most specially, it was also in 2008 when the play received the biggest award in the industry, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the TONY Award for Best Play.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY was originally produced in 2007 by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company at the Downstairs Theatre in Chicago. After conquering Broadway from October 2007 until June 2009, it made its UK debut at London's National Theatre in November 2008. Consequently, many other international productions were produced in Israel, Tel Aviv, Puerto Rico, Australia, Germany, Austria, Argentina, Sweden, Peru, Spain, New Zealand, Holland, India, Poland, Netherlands. The movie version starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts opened late 2013.

For details of the show, you may contact us the following ways:
By phone: 571-6926 and 571-4941
By e-mail: shows@repertoryphilippines.com
By Internet: http://www.repertoryphilippines.com

Tickets are available through Ticketworld at 891-9999, or via http://www.ticketworld.com.ph/

Connect to Repertory Philippines online through the following social media networks:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/repertoryphilippines
Twitter: www.twitter.com/repphils
Instagram: www.instagram.com/repphils
YouTube: www.youtube.com/repphils

May not be suitable for children under the age of ten. Children under the age of four are not permitted.






Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wait Until Dark for a Thrilling Repertory Theater Experience

As the fun Christmas musicals played their final note for the season, a new thrilling experience awaits theater-goers as Repertory Philippines begins the year with a dark play. Okay, somewhat dark. I mean how can Repertory Philipppines totally shed their popular fun and light image even as they explore the dark side. This cat-and-mouse type of play only further highlights the company's versatility without losing their personality. Having said that, you can expect an entertaining play with occasional giggles despite the dark theme.

Your theater experience begins with the visual of a dimly-let stage that sets the atmosphere of anticipation and foreboding. The spot-on acting of the goon-like characters and their “evil”leader
along with the brilliant lighting techniques progressed the story smoothly despite the limitation of theater's one-set scenes. The audience's imagination was heightened and on full-gear as the actors easily transported the them from the outdoors to the indoors without being hampered by the permanent walls. How they combine or blend, acting chops with ingenious lighting, set design, and music seems to be the trademark formula for Repertory's successful shows.

Perhaps his height and built on top of great acting helped the audience buy into Arnel Carrion's cold and evil character. He made me fearful for "Suzy" as I was truly convinced of his capability to harm her.The subtle acting skills of Robbie Guevarra and Joel Trinidad may not be as attention-grabbing as the role of "Roat" or "Suzy" but I really enjoyed how they played their characters. The idea of a dead body or that the story happened in London or the bumbling execution of "the plan" to deceive Suzy were convincingly set up by their characters. Dani Gana played Gloria in a way that I believe only she can deliver, that “duality” in character where you feel there is something more going on inside her despite what she outwardly presents.

Give someone a blind role and let's see if you can truly believe it. Well, Liesl Batucan played the blind woman's role seamlessly and convincingly that I entered her world and stayed there until the end, fearful constantly for her safety. When you watch a Repertory play, it's superb acting that really takes you through that wonderful experience. Everything else falls second.

The show runs from January 17 to February 9, 2014.  All performances are at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City.

For details of the show, you may contact Repertory Philippines:
By phone: 571-6926 and 571-4941
By e-mail: shows@repertoryphilippines.com
By Internet: http://www.repertoryphilippines.com

Tickets are available through Ticketworld at 891-9999, or via http://www.ticketworld.com.ph/


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

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

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


Synopsis:

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


Synopsis:

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


Synopsis:

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 www.repertoryphilippines.com.

Limited season tickets offered. First come, first served basis.

For further details of the Rep 2014 Season Pass, call Ticketworld at 891-9999.

For schools, civic groups and corporate sponsorships, you may contact us the following ways:
By phone: 571-6926 and 571-4941
By e-mail: shows@repertoryphilippines.com
By Internet: http://www.repertoryphilippines.com


Connect to Repertory Philippines online through the following social media networks:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/repertoryphilippines
Twitter: www.twitter.com/repphils
Instagram: www.instagram.com/repphils
YouTube: www.youtube.com/repphils

See you at the theater!!!!





Monday, November 11, 2013

Accompany Alice in a Winter Wonderland Family Experience


Christmas with the kids won't be the same without a trip to the theater. Alice in Wonderland is Repertory Children's Theater. Christmas offering for the year. If you watched Seussical or Wizard of Oz in the past, then you know what to expect. A colorful, lively stage, fun and sing-along music, interactive dialogue that may catch you child off-guard but eager to participate.

“I'm mad, you're mad, we're all mad here” Absurd, lively, funny, yet very insightful, the story of Alice in Wonderland by Repertory Children's Theater conttinues to enthrall the young and the not-so-young audience since August 17 until December 15, 2013. This timeless and whimsical story by Lewis Caroll is presented at Onstage, 2F Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City. If you still haven't seen it, you still have time to catch this family-bonding show.

The veteral theater actors can more than deliver the fantasy and llight-heartedness of the play. That comes as no surprise. But the natural, stand-out performance of the young lead actress is what made me take notice. The role of Alice had to be a child actress who had to level up just to match the skills of the older veterans so as not to be overshadowed. And the demands of the role kept her on stage most of the time with hardly intervals in the performance. Without a doubt, Daniella Gana played the role flawlessly as her performance was quite credible.

Memorable scenes such as the madhatter party, as well as the game of croquette with the scary queen, would keep your child focused even if they had attention-deficit problems. A lively, wholesome, and interactive play that speaks the language of the child, Alice in Wonderland is truly hilarious for its confusing and ridiculously funny dialogue. Let your child be the judge, but I am sure the child in every adult will agree too.

The cast is composed of the following: Dani Gana and Chaye Mogg (Alice), Nacho Tambunting, Jim Ferrer and Reb Atadero (Rabbit), Liesl Batucan (Duchess), Bituin Escalante and Natalie Everett (Queen of Hearts), Becca Coates and Janine Tolentino (Storyteller / Flora), Rachel Coates and Marie Delgado (Storyteller / Dora), Oliver Usison and Kendrick Ibasco (Walrus / King of Hearts), Nic Campos and Joel Trinidad (French Mouse / Carpenter / Mad Hatter), Onyl Torres and James Stacey (Caterpillar / March Hare), Antonio Lane and Jay Pangilinan (Mock Turtle), Reymund Domingo and Khevin Almario (Duck / Kettle), Edward Briones (Lory / Baby), Dingdong Rosales (Lory / Baby / Tweedledum), Josh Ramirez and Chino Veguillas (Dodo / Tweedledee / Doormouse), Shalee Vicencio and Gold Soon (Moon / Court Member), Ina Salonga (Tears / Court Member), Kyla Rivera (Tears / Oyster / Door), Clark Francis dela Riva and Bobby Superales (Door / Oyster) and Bym Buhain (Door / Tweedledum).


The artistic and creative team of ALICE IN WONDERLAND is led by Joy Virata (Director), Liesl Batucan (Assistant Director), Baby Barredo (Musical Director), Jamie Wilson (Technical Director), Gino Gonzales (Set Designer), Raven Ong (Costume Designer), John Batalla (Lights Designer), Lisa, Tintin and Cecille Martinez (Choreographers), Onyl Torres (Vocal Coach) and Jay Pangilinan (Musical Arranger).

ALICE IN WONDERLAND’s production staff is composed of Gidget Tolentino (Production Manager), Ayam Barredo (Company Manager), Jojo Amboy (Stage Manager), Pol Roxas (Sound Technician), Pablito Salvador (Lighting Technician) and Adul Lasin (Set Execution and Scenic Artist).

The marketing, sales and publicity of ALICE IN WONDERLAND is led by David Bianco (Marketing, Sales), Toots Tolentino and Oliver Usision (PR & Publicity), Marie Talay and Rose Silva (Marketing & Sales) and Jojo Mamangun (Photography) and John Alaras (Art Direction).

For details of show, please call tel. nos. 571-6926 and 571-4941; or Email: shows@repertoryphilippines.com or log on to: www.repertoryphilippines.com. Tickets are also available through Ticketworld at 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.

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