Saturday, August 10, 2013

Opening this August 2013

Ateneo Entablado’s ‘Ang Buhay ay Pelikula,’ ADMU Rizal Mini-Theater, Aug. 13-31

ATENEO ENTABLADO (Enterteynment para sa Tao, Bayan, Lansangan at Diyos), as part of its 31st season entitled “Personalan Na!,” is staging Dennis Marasigan’s 1989 Palanca Award-winning play “Ang Buhay ay Pelikula” this August.

Directed by Jethro Tenorio, “Ang Buhay ay Pelikula” offers parallels between real-life situations and how the Philippine film industry works as a system. A movie producer who is also a mother must make a choice between film aesthetics and practicality because many are depending on her and on the industry for their welfare. Principles are tested in a battle between producing art and making money.

The show runs Aug. 13-17, Aug. 20-24, and Aug. 27-31, every 7:30 p.m. (and 3 p.m. during Saturdays), at the Rizal Mini Theater, G/F Faber Hall, Ateneo de Manila University.

For tickets, call Via Cardaño (0926-5523319) or visit

Repertory Philippines’ ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ Onstage Greenbelt 1, Aug. 17-Dec. 15

To mark its 21st year of producing well-loved musicals for children, Repertory Philippines’ Theater for Young Audiences presents a musical-theater adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland”—with book and lyrics by Jim Eiler, and music by Eiler and Jeanne Bargy.

The musical retells the madcap adventures of Alice through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole, as she meets Wonderland’s famous and popular residents such as the King & Queen of Hearts, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Gryphon, Mock Turtle, Dormouse, Mad Hatter and March Hare, the Dutchess, Cheshire Cat and of course, the White Rabbit.

The cast includes stalwarts such as Liesl Batucan, Bituin Escalante and Joel Trinidad, and young actors such as Nacho Tambunting, Reb Atadero, Kyla Rivera and Bym Buhain. Joy Virata is the director.

“Alice in Wonderland” opens Aug. 17 at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City, and runs until Dec. 15.

For tickets, call tel. 5716926/5714941 or 8919999, or email Visit or

‘Pamana’ (a docu-musical on Ninoy and Cory Aquino), Meralco Theater, Aug. 21-25

The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation, Indie.Go Media and Peta present “Pamana,” a musical tribute to Ninoy and Cory Aquino that opens Aug. 21 and runs until Aug. 25 at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

The musical play—written by Rody Vera with music by Ryan Cayabyab and Manoling V. Francisco, S.J. and musical direction by Vince de Jesus—will not have actors playing Ninoy and Cory. Instead, the two will be present through photos and documentary videos projected on a large screen, while their impact on the nation will be told through the lives of three ordinary Filipinos.

Headlining a large cast are Malou de Guzman, Jett Pangan, Kakki Teodoro and Bodjie Pascua, with Viva Voce providing vocal accompaniment. Maribel Legarda directs.

For tickets, call 7256244, 0906-4817333 or 8919999. Visit

Actor's Actors, Inc.’s ‘Red,’ Teatrino Theater, Aug. 23-24

The highly acclaimed production of John Logan’s “Red,” first staged at in February at the College of St. Benilde’s School of Design and Art with Bart Guingona as director and lead star along with Joaquin Valdes, returns for two nights, on Aug. 23-24, at Teatrino Theater in Greenhills.

“Red,” a play about the abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, speculates about the intriguing origins of a collection of Rothko works now displayed at the Tate Gallery in London. The play introduces a fictitious assistant who engages Rothko in arguments and conversations that touch on the artistic process—the tension between art and commerce, the cycles of fashion and obsolescence and the dynamic between teacher and student.

“Red” also played in Cebu and will have a series of performances in Dumaguete this September.

The Teatrino shows are sponsored by the UP School of Economics Alumni Association and the UPSE Class of ’88, which is celebrating its silver jubilee this year. For tickets, call 8919999 or 0917-8170463.

Metta’s ‘Ring Round the Moon,’ Assumption College Black Box Theater, Aug. 28/30, Sept. 6

The Marie Eugenie Theater of the Assumption of Assumption College-Makati brings back “Ring Round The Moon,” a romantic comedy by Jean Anouilh, a play set in the 1900s about young couples who learn to define the meaning of true love.

“Ring Round the Moon” features a new cast of Theater Arts majors of Assumption College along with guest professional artists. The play, directed by MeAna Valdes-Lim with musical direction by Pinky Valdes and choreography by Arnie Umayam, will have three performances at the arena-style Black Box theater in Assumption College, San Lorenzo Village, Makati City.

Show dates are Aug. 28 (Wed), 12:30 p.m.; Aug. 30 (Fri), 7 p.m.; and Sept. 6 (Fri), 7 p.m. For tickets/details, call 8942681 or 8170757 local 1161. Visit

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