Confidently assume I can do it in a very short time because hey, it’s my job I ought to be good at it on some level. Put it off until it’s so close to the deadline, it hurts. Start writing, fail. Consider making an outline, fail. Remind myself how much I hated cramming term papers… Read More Stages of Writing Anything, Ever.
A version of this review appears in Theater Fans Manila on June 25, 2015 For the longest time, I thought the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s hit musical Rak of Aegis is a parody of the Broadway musical, Rock of Ages. It isn’t. From the use of ubiquitous 90s karaoke hits, puns, and a situation most of… Read More Review: “Rak of Aegis” is a musical for the masses
Mario O’Hara. Gina Pareno. Leisl Batucan– there is no doubt that Tanghalang Pilipino achieved the motherload of theater greats in American Hwangap. Big names for such a generic family drama. It’s not like they, along with Nicco Manalo and Jeremy Domingo, didn’t make for an exquisite theater experience, but the script itself is definitely not without… Read More Review: Too much ‘sahog’ spoils the kimchi in “American Hwangap”
Cats is the fourth longest running show in musical theater history. Anyone who is a fan of musical theater or Broadway or really just theater in general is familiar with this iconic musical. It is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on a book by T.S. Eliot entitled “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”– a… Read More Review: “Cats” is in it for the memory
To stage a play such as Equus with its complex story line is already a tall order. Repertory Philippines accomplished the daunting task with flair and finesse. Peter Shaffer’s story is of a therapist, Martin Dysart, who comes across what he initially described as a ‘usual unusual’ boy, Alan Strang, who blinded six horses. The play goes… Read More Review: Believe the hype of “Equus”
Jonathan Larson’s Rent is arguably one of the most loved, well-known, and overrated musicals there ever was. Everyone knows the story– eight twenty-somethings living in the East Village of New York City in the early 90s. They deal with love, loss, and AIDS while trying to keep themselves from being evicted from their homes. Fredison Lo’s Mark… Read More Review: No regrets with 9 Works Theatrical’s “Rent”