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[dropcap letter="T"]heater fans rejoice! There are many options for you this first quarter of 2014. Bring yourselves, bring your loved ones, bring your barangay to the theaters!

P.S. Here are some theater etiquette tips to remember.

(Information below is accurate at time of publication. Please call the respective groups for confirmation.)


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By Frederick Knott
Directed by Miguel Faustmann

In this thriller, Sam Hendrix brings home a heroin-stuffed doll that creates a terrifying ordeal for his blind wife Susy when the owners of the drugs come looking for the doll.

Liesl Batucan as Susy
Jaime Wilson, Joel Trinidad and Robbie Guevara as the thugs

Onstage Theater
2nd floor, Greenbelt 1, Makati City
Contact 571-6926, 571-4941
Contact Ticketworld at 8919999
Facebook: repertoryphilippines
Twitter: repphils

BONUS: Here is the trailer of the 1967 film adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn as Susy:

Get the movie through Amazon.com


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Update: As of Jan. 6, the producers of this production have postponed the shows indefinitely. Read their announcement here.

"We're Going on a Bear Hunt,"
Adapted from the award-winning picture book written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Music by Benji Bower
Directed by Sally Cookson

A family goes on a quest to find a bear.

"The Gruffalo's Child"
Adapted from the book written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Music and lyrics by Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw
Directed by Olivia Jacobs

The Gruffalo's daughter ignores her father's warning and tiptoes out into the snowy night in search of the legendary Big Bad Mouse.

Carlos Romulo Auditorium
RCBC Plaza Bldg., Makati City
Contact Ticketworld at 891-9999
Facebook: KidsFestManila

Get "The Gruffalo's Child" and "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" through Amazon.com.


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Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Winnie Holzman
Directed by Joe Mantello

Musical version of the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” (an alternative prequel to Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz").

Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City
Contact Ticketworld at 891-9999
Twitter: Wicked_Manila

TRIVIA: Idina Menzel, voice of Elsa in Disney's "Frozen," originated the role of protagonist Elphaba while Kristin Chenoweth (April Rhodes in "Glee") originated the role of Elphaba's friend Galinda/Glinda. Here is a clip of them singing "Defying Gravity.":

Get the book or the soundtrack through Amazon.com.


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Book and lyrics by Floy Quintos
Music by Ceejay Javier
Direction and choreography by Dexter Santos

A musical adapted from the Indian epic "Mahabharata."

Wilfrido Guerrero Theater
2nd floor, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Quezon City
Tel: 926-1349, 981-8500 loc 2449, and 433-7840
Facebook: DulaangUnibersidadNgPilipinas
Twitter: Official_DUP

BONUS: To familiarize yourself with the story, here's an animated version of "Mahabharata:

Get a copy of "Mahabharata" at Amazon.com.


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Book by Liza Magtoto
Arrangement and Musical Direction by Myke Salomon
Directed by Maribel Legarda

The music of the OPM legend "Aegis" is used to celebrate Pinoy resilience. Popular Aegis hits like "Halik", "Sinta", "Luha" and "Basang Basa sa Ulan" are featured in this story where the residents of flooded barangay Villa Venizia face disasters like floods and broken hearts.

Robert Seña and Isay Alvarez
Aicelle Santos and Poppert Bernadas

Peta-Phinma Theater
Peta Theater Center, 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City (behind Quezon City Sports Club)
Contact 725-6244, 0917-576-5400
Facebook: Peta
Twitter: petatheater

BONUS: Here's a Youtube video featuring a medley of Aegis hits.


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Adapted by Floy Quintos
Music and lyrics by Ceejay Javier
Directed by Ricardo Abad

Based on Sophocles’ “Oedipus Rex” and “Antigone.” Antigone redeems the shame of her father Oedipus’ banishment from their city by defying King Creon’s orders to deny her brother Polynices a proper burial.

Rizal Mini Theater
Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Contact 0917-630-9097 or tanghalangateneo@gmail.com
Facebook: tanghalangateneo
Twitter: TAofficial_

TRIVIA: Christopher Plummer (Captain Von Trapp in "Sound of Music" and Henrik Vanger in "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") once played Oedipus in a film version. Julie Taymor, director of Broadway stagings of "Disney's Lion King the Musical" and "Spider-Man the Musical," once directed Igor Stravinsky's opera version of Oedipus.

BONUS: If you're not familiar with the story of Oedipus, here's an animated version:

Get Sophocles' plays at Amazon.com


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Adapted by Virgilio Almario and Jose "Pete" Lacaba
Directed by Joel Lamangan

Based on Nick Joaquin's short story "Three Generations," this play centers on Zacarias Monzon, who used to be powerful but is now wheelchair-bound, and the conflicts in his family.

Robert Arevalo alternating with Spanky Manikan as Zacarias Monzon
Celeste Legaspi alternating with Jackie Lou Blanco
Cris Villonco as Bessie

Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino
Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City
Contact 832-1125 loc. 1620 to 1621, 218-3791, 0917-750-0107 and 0918-959-3949
Tickets also available through Ticketworld at 891-9999
Facebook: Tanghalang Pilipino
Twitter: TanghalangPil

TRIVIA: Nick Joaquin is a National Artist for Literature. His other works have received performance adaptations: "May Day Eve" has been adapted into an opera, plays, and a musical; "Portrait of an Artist as Filipino" has been adapted into a play (including a Tagalog translation), a musical ("Larawan"), and a film; and "Summer Solstice/Tatarin" has been adapted into a play ("Tatarin"), a film, a dance, and a musical ("Fire, Water, Woman").

Get Nick Joaquin's books through Amazon.com


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By Tracy Letts
Directed by Chris Millado

In this black comedy, Beverly Weston goes missing. Drug-addicted matriarch Violet, her three daughters, and their families try, unsuccessfully, to work out their problems.

Baby Barredo as Violet Weston

Onstage Theater, 2/F Greenbelt 1, Makati City
Contact 571-6926, 571-4941
Tickets also available through Ticketworld at 891-9999
Facebook: repertoryphilippines
Twitter: repphils

BONUS: Here is the trailer of the 2014 film adaptation starring Meryl Streep (as Violet Weston), Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ewan McGregor:

Get a copy of the play or pre-order the DVD of the film through Amazon.com.



What shows are you looking forward to watching? For those of you living outside of Manila, which of these shows would you like to tour your province? Share your thoughts in the Comments Section.


Robin Reyes

Robin Reyes believes that jazz hands and spirit fingers are the keys to success in life.

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