Thursday, October 28, 2010

Review roundup

Atlantis Productions' A Little Night Music:

Atlantis Productions and director Bobby Garcia never disappoint. Their version of “A Little Night Music” is one of the best local adaptations of a Broadway musical we’ve seen. The whole cast delivers superb ensemble acting but Dawn Zulueta singing the play’s most famous song, “Send in the Clowns”, is a truly magical moment in theatre. -- Mario Bautista, Showbiz Portal

Apart from the joyous and breathtaking performances and Mio Infante’s gorgeous chrysalis-looking set that encrusts the Carlos P. Romulo stage and paints the mood for each scene as it is transformed each time with Dong Calingacion’s lighting design, not to mention the powerful support from the likes of Teenee Chan and Raul Montesa, among other narrators in the show, accolades should be given to both Dawn Zulueta and Nonie Buencamino who, for this writer, are the luminous stars of “A Little Night Music.” -- Toff De Venecia, Philippine Star

Very well planned and executed, excellently cast with beautiful period costumes, a sparkling set and backdrop. What more can one ask? I urge you to go and see for a relaxing evening at the theater. -- Juan Antonio Lanuza, BusinessWorld

Under Bobby Garcia’s masterful direction, this urbane, witty, genteel musical comes to vivid life... The attention to production detail--the choreography, the set design, the lighting, the costume, and the music--is exhilarating. This is one glorious example of how the talent of Filipino stage artists can wrestle with, and conquer, tough material such as this. -- Phillip Cu-Unjieng, Philippine Star

[A Little Night Music is on its last weekend this Oct. 29-31 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. For tickets, call Atlantis Productions 8927078 or 8401887.]

UP Filipino Department's twinbill Alimuom and Walang Maliw:

Staged in the intimate Tanghalang Hermogenes Ylagan, “Alimuom” (roughly, mugginess) is a monologue featuring a former military torturer inventorying the various methods he has applied in his career... Jonathan Tadiaoan deftly brought the torturer to life, though the monologue was staged in an unrelenting one-note of guilty anger, making it easy to space out at his ranting. “Walang Maliw” (roughly, unwaning) features a couple talking about their daughter who has disappeared five years hence... Millado employed a light touch with this piece, allowing Teroy Guzman (Daddy), Sherry Lara (Mommy) and Julia Enriquez (alternating with Kat Castillo), playing the daughter Leny, to highlight Aguila’s text with impactful subtlety. -- Walter Ang, Philippine Daily Inquirer

The two plays by Reuel Aguila--“Alimuom” and “Walang Maliw”--are... modestly staged but the performances are substantial. Veteran actors Sherry Lara and Teroy Guzman, and Julia Enriquez, Kathlyn Castillo and Jonathan Tadeoan acted out the scenes with just the right timbre of emotive exposition, letting the subtexts take the limelight. [In] “Walang Maliw,” the audience was unabashely moved, and some members sniffled throughout the show. As in “Alimuom,” the action of the play is inspired by real events and lived experiences, reimagined and reconfigured by Aguila to turn into drama of high order. -- Romulo P. Baquiran Jr., Malaya

[Reuel Molina Aguila's Alimuom will be showcased in “Alsa Balutan: 2nd Philippine Monodrama Festival.” Performances will be on October 28-29, 3 p.m., at the College of Saint Benilde. Free admission.]

Theater Down South's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum:

Sondheim's “Forum” is all satirical wit and old-fashioned vaudeville comedy--the audience at the Sunday matinee laughed uproariously! Theatre stalwart Michael Williams mentors his junior thespian apprentices, and contributes a lot to this delightful madness! In "Forum", Mr. Williams challenges his young actors to create riotously irreverent Roman inspired characters with some of them very well executed on stage. -- Oliver Oliveros,

Funny through and through... Take a break this weekend and get ready to experience the fun of watching this unforgettable comedy performed by its outstanding cast. -- Ruth Manimtim-Floresca,

[The closing performance of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is on Saturday, October, 30, 2010 at the Insular Life Theater Alabang. For tickets, contact Ticketworld 8919999 or visit, or TDS 5056380 or 0916-6436976 or visit]

PLUS: Advance word on 9 Works Theatrical's The Wedding Singer, which opened last weekend and runs until November 14 at the Meralco Theater, here and here. Clipcast here. For tickets, call 5867105, 5575860, 0917-5545560. Visit or call Ticketworld 8919999.

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