Thursday, February 04, 2010

Three musicals, a Brecht, a Chekhov and a sarsuwela

And all opening within the next three weekends (in fact, all three major musicals to open on the same date--Feb. 5!) It's gonna be a happy-hectic month for theatergoers and players. The opening dates to keep in mind--

This weekend, Feb. 5-7

Rent, 9 Works Theatrical, directed by Robbie Guevara. Opens Friday, Feb. 5, at the Carlos P. Romulo auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City, and runs until Feb. 28 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4:30 p.m.). Call 5575860/8919999, or visit or

Romeo and Bernadette, Repertory Philippines, directed by Joy Virata (with Cris Villonco and PJ Valerio, right, starring). Runs Feb. 5 to 28, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday with 3:30 p.m. matinees Saturday-Sunday, at Onstage, Greenbelt One, Makati City. Call 8870710 or 8919999.

Si Juan Tamad, ang Diyablo at ang Limang Milyong Boto, PETA, directed by Phil Noble. Opens Friday, Feb. 5, and runs until March 7, 2010, on all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the PETA Phinma Theater. The PETA Theater Center is located at #5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. Call 7256244/4100821/0917-8044428 or e-mail

Feb. 15 to Feb 19-21 weekend

Hello Philippines/Titser's Act, UP Repertory Company. Two original Filipino one-act plays written by Albert Cruz and directed by Albert Cruz, Dax Carnay and Albert Konrad de Luna. Runs February 13, 15, 20 (3 p.m. and 6 p.m.) at the Engineering Theatre, UP Diliman. Call 0915-3497607 or e-mail

Ang Muntik Nang Di Mapigilang Paghahari ni Arturo Ui, Dulaang UP, directed by Alex Cortez--a Filipino adaptation of Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Runs Feb. 17-March 7 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, U.P. Diliman, Wednesday to Friday, 7 p.m., and on weekends, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Call 0906-3848616/9261349/9818500 local 2449/ 4337840.

Tatlong Mariya, Tanghalang Pilipino, directed by Loy Arcenas--Rody Vera's adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters. Runs Feb. 19 to 28 and from March 12 to 21 at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater), with evening performances every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and matinees every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Call 8323661/0920-9535381/0928-5518645. Or the CCP Box Office 8323704 and Ticketworld 8919999.

Feb. 24 to Feb 26-28 weekend

Walang Sugat, Ateneo de Manila, directed by Ricky Abad--the Severino Reyes-Fulgencio Tolentino sarsuwela, mounted in celebration of the school's 150th anniversary. Runs February 24–27, 2010 at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater, Ateneo de Manila University. For tickets, call Ia Solis 0921-2585000.


Anonymous said...

Hi Gibbs!

I believe Ang Muntik Nang Di Mapigilang Paghahari ni Arturo Ui is a translation, not an adaptation. Thanks!

gibbs cadiz said...

thanks for the correction, ANONYMOUS. :)

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine, who does not regularly watches plays, decided to watch rent. She was disappointed. Hindi na daw siya manonood ulit. sayang, new theater companies should really make sure na pulido iyong gawa nila, like this one. Rent na nga iyon, such a crowd pleaser, pumalpak pa. Sayang, chances are iyong mga di nagandahan na first time viewers, malabo na ulit manood ng plays in the future. I told her na lang na may iba namang companies na magaling gumawa ng plays

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