Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tosca, Tao, Twenty Questions

1. In collaboration with Black Tent Theater of Japan and Nottle Theater of Korea, PETA is staging an interpretation of Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca." Directed by Soxie Topacio and Kiritani Natsuko, this interpretation focuses on the issues of war, gender, art, politics, life and death while exhibiting elements that are true to Asian culture, history and heritage.

"Tosca" runs August 29-30, every 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., at the PETA-Phinma Theater, PETA Theater Center. Tickets are priced at P200 for regular walk-in buyers and P150 for students. For tickets, call PETA Marketing at 4100821 or text 0927-7031437, or visit www.petatheater. com

2. The UPLB Samahan sa Sining (Samasining), a laboratory arm of the Department of Humanities, Thea 107 class (Theatre Communication) and Thea 108 class (Acting), presents Isagani Cruz' morality play "Tao." The play is an adaptation of "Everyman," an English play written five centuries ago by an anonymous playwright, which touches on sin and redemption in human life.

Running on September 29-30 and October 1, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the D.L. Umali Auditorium, the play will be directed and choreographed by Prof. Jeremy Dela Cruz (Theater Arts graduate) and co-directed by Prof. Dennis Gupa, the same man behind the success of 2006's "Pagbulas ng Sibol."

3. "Twenty Questions," a 2003 Palanca Award-winning one-act play in Filipino by Juan Ekis, is being mounted by ACASIA and ASTIG at the University of Makati Main Theater, with Frankie Pascua playing Yumi and Rhenz Gabalonzo as Jigs. Showtimes are September 3-10, 7p.m., and a 3 p.m. show on September 6.

Two friends, Jigs and Yumi, are the latest victims of a long-running tradition of their close-knit group of friends: to be locked in a room for 24 hours. To while away the hours, they decide to play a drinking game--"twenty questions". Who would have thought that in this playful battle of wits the free-spirited model would admit to wistful longing, and that the intellect of the straitlaced economics graduate is tempered by an innate empathy? The play is a game of questions about romance, sex, and intimacy that leads Yumi and Jigs to one answer: how two friends can fall in love.

Tickets at P180. E-mail angpinakaastig@gmail.com or text (+63908) 4335172 for inquiries and ticket reservations.


the jester-in-exile said...

thanks, gibbs! i do hope people will appreciate 20Q as i do!

Jon B. said...

Ehhh… I really didn’t find Twenty Questions all that good. It’s like a Pinoy movie in play form, you know? Who talks like those people in real life?? Anyway, I did a review of my own of the play here (oh and don’t be confused because it’s in play form):

TWO QUESTIONS, a sort of review of TWENTY QUESTIONS by Juan Ekis


erumaxe said...


Can I interest you to watch another Juan Ekis written and directed play and this time, to critic? It's an adaptation of Nick Joaquin's "May Day Eve" into An Elegy in Eight Dialogues to be stage by a theater group called ViARE of the University of Asia and the Pacific.

Please do message me if you are interested. I will give the details then.

Thank you very much!

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