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February 17, 2012

Charlie Brown Happiness :D

Director Michael Williams with the cast of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a stage musical adaptation of the popular comic strip Peanuts by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. It's a live version of the comic strip acted and sometimes sung by Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and friends.

Honestly, we are not too familiar with the characters and we did not grow up reading this American comic strip. But we enjoyed the musical because it is colorful, feel-good, and happy. :)

The cast is solid, featuring theater veterans who obviously enjoy being in the show.

One thing though, it assumes that the audience knows the nuances and habits of the characters, so having some background info on each one would maximize your satisfaction in watching the musical.

Here's a rundown of the different characters, the actors who portrayed them, and what you need to know about them...

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February 15, 2012

FUERZA BRUTA Manila ♥alentine Premiere!

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I must admit I didn't know what to expect from Fuerza Bruta, a Buenos Aires original show, which literally means "Brute Force". All I know is that it is 360-degree-immersive experience and not-your-usual-cliche-Broadway-show. And if you like Cirque de Soleil, you'll probably like this too.

To best experience the show, it is better that you do not have any idea of the show.
(This post contains visual spoilers, so better stop reading this and just wait and watch it now! :)

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January 25, 2012

♬ Mamma Mia, ♪ Here I Go Again ♩My My, How Can I Resist You? ♫...

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For people like us, who grew up in the "Dancing Queen" generation, watching Mamma Mia was pure pleasure. How we wished we could interact with the show!

Once the musical started, I kept reminding myself not to hum, lip sync, nod my head, tap my feet, or play invisible drums with my hands because theater etiquette dictates that one should respect and not disrupt the viewing experience of other people.

But it was quite hard to resist.

Ever since I watched Mamma Mia in Las Vegas, I've longed for the musical to be shown here in Manila (see Petition Post here: Mamma Mia in Manila! 2009?).

Finally, Mamma Mia opened last night to an enthusiastic and dancing crowd in Manila. :)  

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January 21, 2012

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

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Watching this play brings back memories of Vagina Monologues with a focus on clothes (instead of Vaginas) as witness to memorable events in a woman's life. Each of the women shares her story and memories about Bras, Boots, Purses, Birkenstocks, the Madonna era, etc.

Yes, it is a show for women, but the guys could learn a few things to understand women a little better. This is one of those shows where it starts the discussion and you finish it by sharing your own reflections after the show.

It is a straight 90-minute play with one setting (see photo) where the top 5 actresses in Philippine Theater read through their monologues and occasionally interact with the other women.

It is always fun to watch Menchu Lauchengo-Yulo's performance because she really embodies the role and empathizes with all the characters she portrays.

My favorite is Bituin Escalante's sharp and witty portrayal of Mary in Fat/Thin segment, and her solo on the "I Hate my Purse" story of Nora.

Lastly, I personally love the segments on "The Bra", "Madonna" and "I Just Want to Say".

This is highly recommended for  a romantic theater date! (Catch its limited run only this weekend!)

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January 09, 2012

Defending the Caveman in us...

DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN

Defending the Caveman is a straight play starring Joel Trinidad, who shares the nuances between men and women, with the hope that we understand each other a little better.

It kicks off with a funny marriage intro video, and introduces the photo of a 25,000-year-old carving of The Great Goddess of Laussel discovered in 1911 plus the 17,000-year-old prehistoric drawings of a man and bison discovered in the Lascaux Cave in France in 1940.

The arguments are founded on the idea that men are hunters and women are gatherers by nature. This dictates a lot of our behavior even in the modern age.

There was never a dull moment listening to Joel defend the male sex for almost 90 minutes (no intermission). :)

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October 20, 2011

♬ The hills ♪ are alive with ♩The Sound of Music ♫...

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If the timeless movie The Sound of Music was part of your childhood, you'll certainly enjoy watching it onstage this time around.

The musical features the all-time favorite songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, like "The Sound of Music", "Sixteen Going on Seventeen", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" and "Do-Re-Mi".

Watching this show with your family is a great way to introduce the younger generation to this classic. Don't miss it!

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October 07, 2011

A Next to Normal Life?

You might be interested to watch this too: A Seussical Affair

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Life is Crazy

I realized that all of us live a crazy kind of life.

We turn into our own monsters at times, just  to cope with the pressure of everyday living.

The insanity is only made bearable by our family and friends.

When you are an employee, you long for the day when you own your own time and hit it big with your own business.

When you are an entrepreneur, you think of your more carefree employee days when you had a consistent salary and comfortable benefits.

You wish for a perfect family but instead you get a quirky one with little habits that annoy you at times.

You hate living a life of compromises.

We all have our personal crazy stories that we are afraid to share with other people because we might lose face.

Natalie sings it beautifully in the song, Maybe (Next to Normal)

"I don’t need a life that’s normal.
That’s way too far away. 
But something next to normal,
Would be okay
."

Yes, I agree -- A Life Next to Normal is OK.

 

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September 16, 2011

IN THE HEIGHTS, A Review

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I love watching Broadway musicals because they are usually very innovative and offer a different perspective to life.

IN THE HEIGHTS tells the story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythmof three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. (Source: www.intheheightsthemusical.com)

In The Heights got mixed reviews from theater lovers. As for me, here's my take on it:

What I like about IN THE HEIGHTS:

1. New Theater Actors to Watch Out For

It is exciting to watch plays in Manila these days because new talented actors are appearing onstage with every new production.

In In The Heights, K-La made her debut as the lead female role, Nina . I was surprised by her powerful voice; it was quite enjoyable to listen to her sing. This new MYX VJ has a bright future in theater, and we will be there to watch her success on stage.

This was also Jackie Lou Blanco's first full-length English musical. I think she was perfect for the role of Camila,  Nina's mom. I personally liked her solo "Enough", which I think most young families can relate to. :)

We also enjoyed Bibo Reyes' funny, hip hop-dancing character, Sonny. In The Heights is also Bibo's first foray into professional theater. He is a product of the country's premier college musical theater -- Ateneo Blue Repertory.

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