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Beautiful! The Carole King Musical Manila (Review)

YES! I still can’t believe that Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is now playing in Manila!

It’s on top of my Broadway musical bucket list ever since I missed watching it in Broadway and West End. Watching it in Manila was extra special because it was more relatable with the Manila cast, and we witnessed Kyla Rivera, whom we watched In the Heights (2011), bloom into Carole King’s lead role (2019).

Best to watch it raw, without reading any reviews and in the company of your musical-lovin’ friends. Grab the last remaining shows of the first Meralco Theatre run that’s only until July 7, 2019.

Having said that, here’s why it is sooo beautiful to watch…

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The Weight of Words: A Millennial Mental Health Monologue

I didn’t know what to expect when we watched this show. After the monologue, your mind was stimulated, but still it needed time to process the depth of storytelling and theatre artistry of Abner and the Black Canvas team.

This is the kind of show that we need to talk about now before another friend passes away.

It took me a few days to reflect on what it meant. It was approachable but profound, the kind that would touch your heart and change your perspective on the weight of every word we speak (and not speak).

I highly recommend that you do not miss the Pineapple Lab run, and I also hope that they have more and more theatre run extensions. (If you are watching the show, best to read this reflection after watching it.)

Here’s why you should watch #BlackCanvasWOW…

 

Weight of Words (WoW)
PARC Foundation Blackbox on May 31 (8PM), June 1-2 (4PM & 8PM), and
Pineapple Lab on June 15 (5PM & 8PM) and 16 (4PM & 8PM).
For ticket reservations, contact Pineapple Lab at [email protected] or Ticket2Me at www.ticket2me.net
Facebook Page: Black Canvas
Hashtag: #BlackCanvasWOW

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“Angels in America” Manila (Review) @ATEGasia

I must be honest. There would be two types of theater goers after watching the award-winning Angels in America by American playwright Tony Kushner: the one who would rave about the theatrical perfection of this groundbreaking masterpiece, and the one who got bored to death.

For some, they need to know what it is all about before committing to watching with friends. For me, when I watch plays, I usually go clueless about what it is all about, so as to have no biases. I let the story unfold, appreciate the narrative and finish the show with an internal reflection of what it means to me.

I’ll let you know what I think at the end of this post.

 

ANGELS IN AMERICA
Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati
March 22 to April 7, 2019
For tickets, visit www.ticketworld.com.ph

Zone 1 – ₱3,500
Zone 2 – ₱2,500
Zone 3 – ₱1,500

ANGELS IN AMERICA contains strong language and mature content. Due to its subject matter, this show is strongly recommended to ages 17 years old and above.

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Eto na! Musical nAPO! (The Final Extension) Review

(Photo by GA Fallarme)

I almost missed watching this show—Eto na! Musical nAPO!—and I’m glad that we were still able to catch the final extension of the second run (until April 7 only).

It was one of the best original Filipino musicals we watched that really touched us with its inspiring message of pursuing your passion against all odds and fighting for the love of your life.

Here’s what we love about Eto na! Musical nAPO!

 

Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!
Maybank Performing Arts Theater, Bonifacio Global City
Last Shows: April 5 at 8:00pm, April 6 at 2:30pm & 8:00pm, April 7 at 2.30pm

Synopsis
: Set in a university in the 70s, Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! tells the coming-of-age of a ragtag of college friends as they gear up to win a songwriting competition. Through it all, they share triumphs, romantic bliss and heartbreak. All of this happens under the iron fist of Martial Law. What keeps them together is their sheer love for music and a friendship that stands the test of time and turmoil.

Official Hashtag: #MusikalnAPO
Facebook: 9WorksTheatrical
Twitter@9WTonline
Instagram: @9WTonline

For tickets, contact +632 586-7105, +63 917 554-5560 or Ticketworld at +632 891-9999.

RESERVED SEATING
Zone A (₱3,690)
Zone B (₱3,075)
Zone C (₱2,665)
Zone D (₱1,845)
Zone E (₱1,537.50)

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Stellar on Reel: Pole Dancing, Aerial Skills, and Sexy Striptease! @PolecatsManila

PolecatsPolecats Manila, the country’s premier aerial school, is showcasing their student athletes in a recital entitled “Stellar on Reel”. The 5th annual students show features pole dancing tricks, aerial silk lifts, aerial hoop inversions and sexy striptease dance moves inspired by popular movie soundtracks.

We loved how the performers made the dance moves look so easy. Those gals and guys rocked the show, and proved to us the possibilities we can do with a simple pole when we put our mind into it. 

Here are our favorite highlights from #StellarOnReel …

Movies like The Hunger Games, Mission: Impossible, Charlie’s Angels, and Bring It On are interpreted on stage showcasing the students’ aerial expertise. A big Magic Mike inspired number choreographed by SexBomb’s Aira Bermudez will also feature student members from the Polecats Manila studio in Ortigas Center, and new students from the Alabang class.

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MANILA IMPROV International Festival 2015: “Finding the Game” (Photo Essay) @PetaTheater

Manila Improv Fest 2015Manila Improv Festival 2015 is happening now on July 2-12, 2015. Now on its third year it has earned the distinction to set improve comedy festival standards.

Silly People's Improv Theatre (SPIT) has partnered with Siliman University in Dumaguete and Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA), to bring you Improv Fest Manila 2015 with the theme "Finding the Game"- a nod to the games and exercises that improvisers use in performance, and an affirmation of the playful nature of improvisation.

We like how improvisational theatre is performed with scenes that are co-created by the audience and the actors in real time, without the benefit of a script or prior rehearsals. This same Improv discipline has produced many mainstream actors such as Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Steve Carrel, William Ferrel to name a few.

The art fair are also hosting improv comedy groups from around the world: PIP Show (Warsaw), Impro Mafia (Brisbane), Pirates of Tokyo Bay (Tokyo), Landry and Summers (Los Angeles), To be Continued, People's Liberation Improv, 3 Dudes Improv and Lamb Ink (Hong Kong), The Improv Company (Singapore), Taichung Improv (Taichung), The Beijing Collective (Beijing), People's Republic of Comedy (Shanghai), Bacolod Improv Group

If you're looking for something fun and spontaneous to do on a weekend, check out Manila Improv Festival for some funny, witty and relatable acts from local and international artists from around the world.

 

Here's photo essay when watched with the team, and don't forget to check out the video highlights of last night's event…

You can catch this weeks performances, which ends on July 12!

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Comedy Cartel: Laugh & Stack Open Mic Showdown Grand Final Winners!

IMG_4249The Comedy Cartel are the pioneers of observational point-of-view stand-up comedy in the Philippines. This year they brought the Laugh & Stack Open Mic Showdown, a one of a kind yearlong comedy competition that will discover the best of the best local comedians in the Philippines!

If you're tired of the usual gay comedy or just not a huge fan of being made fun of in a comedy act, then Comedy Cartel might just be right for you! We all know how Filipinos love to laugh and we like Comedy Cartel's mix of intelligent humor, Filipino do's and taboos and the green jokes. 

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SPIT Manila’s “Discombobulated Boracay” and Why I Love Their Improv Comedy

The Oracle
I became an instant fan of Improv Comedy after watching the opening night of the 1st Manila Improv Festival, which is a 4-day festival featuring:

  • SPIT (Silly People Improv Theater) Manila led by Gabe Mercado;
  • LA-based American veteran improvisers Shaun Landry and Tom Farnan;
  • International improv groups from Beijing, Hong Kong, Xiamen, and Taichung; and
  • Performing Arts Kolektib (PAK) from Cebu; and 
  • Kinengkoy Comedy Express from Bacolod.

For me, SPIT Manila’s improv set was the best, and my favorite was the improv story entitled “Discombobulated Boracay”. Here’s why I fell in love with SPIT Manila’s Improv Comedy…

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LIVIN’ LA VIDA IMELDA: The Unauthorized Story of Imelda Marcos by Carlos Celdran

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Livin’ La Vida Imelda is the story of the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos, as illustrated by the rise and fall of the buildings in the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex.

It is Carlos Celdran’s Walking Imelda tour of the Cultural Center of the Philippines set in a fixed gallery with line drawings of the CCP buildings and a complete supporting ensemble to provide drama and comedy to Imelda’s story.

This is the untold tale of Manila as shared through tsismis and told via an entertaining Carlos Celdran monologue.

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The Art of Pole Dancing in Manila

Last October 16, I was able to watch Polarity, the 2nd Anniversary show of Polecats Manila, said to be the country’s premier pole dancing group. In their hands (and legs and bodies), pole dancing was successfully elevated from its notorious reputation to a form of artistic self-expression. It was made even more elegant by the Manila Symphony Orchestra’s rendition of contemporary Original Pilipino Music (OPM) by some of the country’s most popular bands.

Parkour Philippines also joined the action, where they showcased how men’s pole dancing is done. It was nice to see Job Bautista, who played the role of Angel in Rent in Manila, cross over to the pole dancing genre.

I was surprised by how the dancers made it look so easy to execute their pole dancing routines. They continuously challenged our minds on what’s possible with those simple poles.

Here are my favorite highlights from Polarity:

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