1. Dulaang UP's Atang, written by Floy Quintos and directed by Alexander Cortez, will be re-staged on January 28-February 8, 2009 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2/F Palma Hall, UP-Diliman, Quezon City, starring Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ayen Munji-Laurel and Kalila Aguilos. Call 0917-6206224 or 0922-8206224, 9818500 local 2449, 9261349. Telefax 4337840. E-mail email@example.com, or visit http://www.upd.edu.ph/~dup.
2. Tanghalang Pilipino and GMA-7's Kutsilyo, Pamaypay at Yantok goes onstage at the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute from January 13 to January 15, 2009 (Wednesday to Friday), with matinees at 3 p.m. and evening shows at 8 p.m., under the direction of Tess Jamias. Call Tanghalang Pilipino at 8323661 or look for Paolo at 0920-9535381 for other information.
3. Dulaang ROC of the University of the Asia & the Pacific is offering five free tickets to Hacienda Animal, a Filipino stage adaptation of George Orwell's Animal Farm, translated by Jorge Hernandez and devised and directed by Pat Valera. It runs January 19-January 24, 7:45 p.m., at the Telengtan Hall, 5/F APEC Communications Bldg., University of Asia & the Pacific, Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Call Moffy Wee at 0917-8657459 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. PETA's production of Tony Perez's Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?, directed by Nonon Padilla and starring film-TV actor Alfred Vargas, runs Feb. 6-March 15, 2009 at the PETA Theater Center, Fridays at 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. For inquiries or reservations, call PETA Marketing at 4100821 or 0917-8154567 or email email@example.com.
5. The showdates for the rerun of Tanghalang Pilipino's ZsaZsa Zaturnnah are out, courtesy of Zaturnnah creator Carlo Vergara. The musical runs Feb. 6-March 8, 2009 at the CCP Little Theater. Check out the schedule here. For ticket reservations, call Lorelei or Paolo at 8321125 loc. 1620-1621, 8323661 or 0928-5518645.
6. Mga huling habilin for now, because from today until Jan. 14 am out of the country on my first working trip for the year, and might not have time to blog given time constraints. And money, too, since I'd have to shell out Euros to go online; 'wag na lang, I'll just look for free Internet at the airport in-between flights. I'm off to gay Paree, although the gaiety might be tempered somewhat with the city reportedly shivering under snow and daily temperatures of 2-6 degrees Celsius. Scant as it is, my Fall/Winter wardrobe has been trundled out for airing, augmented by a couple of new ukay finds. If you don't hear from me six days from now, there's only one explanation: I've keeled over from the cold. But at least I got to see snow. Whoopee. Pakabait kayo!
7. To put myself in the proper frame of mind for this trip, I speed-read through three books during the holiday break: Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, Adam Gopnik's gleaming memoir Paris to the Moon, and Cornelia Otis Skinner's biography of France's greatest theater actress, Sarah Bernhardt, Madame Sarah. Recommended reading all, especially Skinner's deliciously arch recounting of the Divine Sarah's headstrong, iconoclastic life. The woman was, in her time, the world's most famous tragedienne (notably in Racine's Phèdre) but her whirlwind life of stage highs and lows, endless lovers, vast wealth and vaster debt, a penchant for pet snakes and panthers, the grandest and most theatrical of manners (fainting at will every so often, for instance), was also the stuff of comedy. The first time she made her mark at the Comedie Francaise was by slapping a fat, well-established leading lady, which convulsed the venerable house to its core. Slapstick kung slapstick! Hmmm, maybe I should look for where she's buried in Paris...