Theater Reviews

I started this blog in 2008, during my final year in high school, but it was only a year later, when I moved to Manila for college, that I saw my first professional theater production: "Spring Awakening" by Atlantis Productions.

Since November 2012, I've been with the Philippine Daily Inquirer as a contributing theater reviewer. We're the only broadsheet in the country to have a stand-alone theater section, which comes out every Saturday.

Here, then, is a list of all the shows I have seen (notable concerts by theater and pseudo-theater artists included). The underlined are links to my reviews and/or blog entries; the ones with double asterisks are my published reviews in the Inquirer, while the ones in triple asterisks are reviews published only in this blog.

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2017

** Angry Christ (UP Playwrights' Theatre)
* Wit (Twin Bill Theater)
* Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady (Ateneo Blue Repertory)
* Singkuwenta: PETA 50th Anniversary Concert
* The Nether (Red Turnip Theater)
* In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) (Repertory Philippines)
* Dula Salle 2k16: Rekonek! [Ang Unang Nagkasala/Unang Tikim/Dalawahan/Panaklong] (Harlequin Theatre Guild)
* A Life in the Slums (Ateneo Fine Arts)
** Makbet (St. Benilde Arts and Culture Cluster/TAXI Theater)
* Faust (Dulaang UP)
* Agnes of God (Repertory Philippines)
* My Name Is Asher Lev (Twin Bill Theater)
* Eurydice (Tanghalang Pilipino)
* Care Divas (PETA - 2017 Restaging)
* Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon (Tanghalang Ateneo)
** Wicked (2016 International Tour in Manila)
* Buwan at Baril sa Eb Major (Sugid Productions)
** Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Repertory Philippines)
* Once Upon a Mattress (Ephesus Teatron Group, Inc.)
** Sa Wakas (Culture Shock Productions - Fringe Manila run/2017 restaging)

2016

** 2016 Theater Roundup
* A Very Broadway Christmas in Manila: Andrew Keenan-Bolger in Concert (Jhett Tolentino Productions)
* Sintang Dalisay (Tanghalang Ateneo - international touring company version)
* Christmas Carol-Lin (One Night Stand: A Cabaret)
* A Christmas Carol (9 Works Theatrical)
** Mula sa Buwan (Black Box Productions)
* Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time, featuring the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra
* The Tempest Reimagined (PETA)
** A Little Princess (Repertory Philippines)
** Tatlong Linggong Pag-ibig [Set A - Malapit Man, Malayo Rin/Isanlibong Taon/Mula sa Kulimliman; Set B - Corazon Negro/Ang Una at Comeback Album ni Pete/Rom.Com] (Dalanghita Productions)
** Fun Home (Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group)
** Koro Koro Boom (The Triple Threats series at the CCP)
** Boy (Tanghalang Ateneo)
* Moliere PMS (Egg Theater Company)
** Annie (Resorts World Manila)
* Tick, Tick... Boom! (9 Works Theatrical)
* Jersey Boys (Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group)
* Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw (Tanghalang Pilipino)
** Distrito de Molo (UP Playwrights' Theatre)
** Changing Partners (MunkeyMusic/PETA Theater Center)
* Real-Life Fairytales (Ateneo Blue Repertory)
** Ako Si Josephine (Cornerstone Entertainment/ABS-CBN Events)
** Koro/Nasyon (The Triple Threats series at the CCP)
** Dirty Old Musical (Spotlight Artists Centre)
** Ang Katatawanan ng Kalituhan (Dulaang UP)
* Tribes (Red Turnip Theater)
* Firebird and Other Ballets (Ballet Philippines)
** Breaking the Fourth Wall (The Triple Threats series at the CCP)
** Suicide, Incorporated (Twin Bill Theater)
** Rak of Aegis (PETA - 5th run)
* Happiness Is a Pearl (Artist Playground)
* The Female Heart (UP Playwrights' Theatre)
** Virgin Labfest XII [Set A - Dahan-dahan ang Paglubog ng Araw/Ang Sugilanon ng Kabiguan ni Epefania/Si Jaya, si Ronda, si Barbra at ang Mahiwagang Kanta; Set B - Bahay-bahayan, Tagu-taguan/Ang Bata sa Drum/Loyalist; Set C - Ang Mga Bisita ni Jean/Bait/Mula sa Kulimliman; Set D - Marte/Daddy's Girl/Hapagkainan; Set E - Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng Mga Tala/Hintayan ng Langit/Dalawang Gabi; Reading - Dinuguan/Mrs. Victoria/Run, Marga, Run/Changing Partners]
** American Idiot (9 Works Theatrical)
** Godspell (MusicArtes, Inc.)
* Marry Me a Little (One Night Stand: A Cabaret)
* The Dressing Room: That Which Flows Away Ultimately Becomes Nostalgia/Ang Dressing Room: Kung Saan Lubusang Pangungulila ang Dulot ng Agos ng Panahon (Dulaang UP)
** The Pillowman (Egg Theater Company)
** Stepping Out, The Musical (Repertory Philippines)
** Kalantiaw (Tanghalang Ateneo)
* Stages of Love (Ateneo Blue Repertory - 2016 revival)
* 50 Shades! The Musical Parody (9 Works Theatrical/Vivre Fort Entertainment)
** Tiyo Vanya (Tanghalang Pilipino)
* Les Miserables (Asia-Pacific Tour in Manila)
* Mabining Mandirigma (Tanghalang Pilipino - 2nd run)
* Almost, Maine (Repertory Philippines)
** Dear Walt (One Night Stand: A Cabaret)
** We Choose to Go to the Moon (Project Mayheim Productions - Fringe Manila run)
** Schism (Egg Theater Company - Fringe Manila run)
** Titas of Manila (ADHD Productions - Fringe Manila run)
* Martin Lawrance's 'Rebel' (Ballet Manila)
* Tisoy Brown: Hari ng Wala (Dulaang UP)
** Constellations (Red Turnip Theater)
* Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (Twin Bill Theater - Fringe Manila run)
** 3 Stars and a Sun (PETA)
* Singles Appreciation Day (One Night Stand: A Cabaret)
* The Game's Afoot (Repertory Philippines)
** Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein (One Night Stand: A Cabaret)

2015

** 2015 Theater Roundup
* Games People Play (Bit by Bit Company - Children's Plays for Adults twin bill)
* Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng Mga Tala (Bit by Bit Company - Children's Plays for Adults twin bill)
* Edna Vida Froilan's 'Peter Pan' (Ballet Philippines)
* Batang Rizal (PETA - rerun)
* A Season of Love: The Rent 1999 Manila Cast Reunion (One Night Stand: A Cabaret)
* The Secret Garden (Repertory Philippines)
** The Bridges of Madison County (Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group)
* The Horse and His Boy (Trumpets)
* Paglayang Minamahal (St. Benilde Technical Theater Program)
** This Is Our Youth (Red Turnip Theater)
* Ang Bagong Harana (Philippine Opera Company - rerun)
* King Lear/Haring Lear (Dulaang UP)
* Palasyo ni Valentin (St. Benilde Production Design Program)
* Mga Buhay na Apoy (Tanghalang Pilipino)
* Ejay Yatco in Concert (One Night Stand: A Cabaret)
* Paul Vasterling's 'Romeo and Juliet' (Ballet Manila)
* Robot Unibersal ni Rossum (Tanghalang Ateneo)
** Breakups and Breakdowns (Ateneo Blue Repertory)
* Chuva Choo Choo: The Mr. Kupido Musicale (Stages Production Specialists, Inc.)
** Demented, Delightful, Deranged, De Jesus: The Music of Vincent de Jesus (The Triple Threats series at the CCP)
* Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil (PETA - 2015 revival)
** South Pacific in Concert (Resorts World Manila)
* #R(heartbroken)J (Dulaang UP)
* Singin' in the Rain (International Tour in Manila)
** Mundong Entablado (One Night Stand: A Cabaret)
* Hamlet (Shakespeare's Globe World Tour in Manila)
* Venus in Fur (The Necessary Theater by Actor's Actors Inc. - rerun)
** Confessions of a Diva: Carla Guevara-Laforteza in Concert (One Night Stand: A Cabaret)
* 33 Variations (Red Turnip Theater)
** No Filter: Let's Talk About Me (The Sandbox Collective)
* My Friend Has Come (Ikarus Theatre - rerun)
* Rak of Aegis (PETA - 4th run)
* Saturday Night Fever (Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group)
* Mabining Mandirigma (Tanghalang Pilipino - 1st run)
** The Normal Heart (The Necessary Theater by Actor's Actors Inc.)
* Bituing Walang Ningning (Resorts World Manila - 1st & 2nd runs)
** Virgin Labfest XI [Set A - Uod, Butete at si Myrna/When Sam Met Jo/Dalawang Gabi; Set B - Macho Dancer: A Musical/Huling Huli/Ang Nanay Kong Ex-NPA; Set C - Birtwal/Kublihan/Hintayan ng Langit; Set D - Talo ang Walang Alam/An Expected/Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng Mga Tala; Set E - Ang Naghihingalo/Mapagbirong Haplos/Ang Goldfish ni Prof. Dimaandal; Reading - The Wedding Planners]
** Idina Menzel: Live in Manila
* Totally F*cked: The Spring Awakening 2009 Manila Cast Reunion (One Night Stand: A Cabaret)
* Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady (Dalanghita Productions)
* Paano Ba Kasi Maging Leading Lady? (One Night Stand: A Cabaret)
* Run for Your Wife (Repertory Philippines)
* Ouroboros (UP Dulaang Laboratoryo - rerun)
* You Never Forget Your First (One Night Stand: A Cabaret)
* 4000 Miles (Repertory Philippines)
* Kama (Tanghalang Pilipino)
* La Cage Aux Folles (9 Works Theatrical - 1st & 2nd runs)
* Three Sisters (Dulaang Sipat Lawin)
* Rashomon (Dulaang Sipat Lawin)
* The Sound of a Voice (Ateneo Fine Arts)
* Arbol de Fuego (PETA)
** Into the Woods (Upstart Productions)
** Nonon Padilla's Haring Lear (Studio Connections International - Fringe Manila run)
** The Pillowman: A Staged Reading (The Sandbox Collective - Fringe Manila run)
** Kwentong Komyut (ADHD Productions - Fringe Manila run)
** Manhid: The Pinoy Superhero Musical (Ballet Philippines)
** Juego de Peligro (Tanghalang Pilipino)
** Friction (Arts and Ejay Yatco - Fringe Manila run)
** Maniacal (Egg Theater Company - Fringe Manila run, Opera Haus rerun & Pineapple Lab rerun)
* Bilanggo ng Pag-ibig (Dulaang UP)
** Tungkol Kay Angela (Destiyero Theater Commune - Fringe Manila run)
** In the Heights (Ateneo Blue Repertory)
** Godot5: Five Ruminations on Samuel Beckett's 'En Attendant Godot' - Set C & Set E (Tanghalang Ateneo)
** Time Stands Still (Red Turnip Theater)

2014

** 2014 Theater Roundup
** Chicago (US Tour in Manila)
* Ang Misis Kong Promdi (Dulaang UP)
* Rite of Passage (Tanghalang Ateneo)
** Songs of an Electric Soul (independent production)
* Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Resorts World Manila - 2nd run)
* Prinsipe Munti (Tanghalang Pilipino)
** Scrooge (Repertory Philippines)
* Rock of Ages (Atlantis Productions - 3rd run)
** The Boy in the Bathroom: A Staged Reading (The Sandbox Collective - Imaginarium run)
** Real-Life Fairytales: A Song Cycle (independent production - Imaginarium run)
** The Pillowman: A Staged Reading (The Sandbox Collective - Imaginarium run)
** The Glass Menagerie (The Sandbox Collective - Imaginarium run)
** Dani Girl (The Sandbox Collective - Imaginarium run)
** The Maids (World Theatre Project - Imaginarium run)
** Everything in Bituin: Bituin Escalante in Concert (The Triple Threats series at the CCP)
** Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini (Dulaang UP)
* Shrek the Musical (Atlantis Productions)
** FnL (PETA - 1st run)
* Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente (Tanghalang Pilipino)
** Never Felt Better: Michael Williams in Concert (The Triple Threats series at the CCP)
** Musikal!: The CCP 45th Anniversary Concert
* Sandosenang Sapatos (Tanghalang Pilipino - 3rd run)
** Once in a Lifetime: Sheila Francisco in Concert (The Triple Threats series at the CCP)
* Middle Finger (Tanghalang Ateneo)
* The Last Five Years (9 Works Theatrical)
** Rabbit Hole (Red Turnip Theater)
** Ghost the Musical (Atlantis Productions)
** Games People Play (independent production - 5th run)
* Noises Off (Repertory Philippines)
* Ang Nawalang Kapatid (Dulaang UP - 1st run)
* Full Gallop (MyOwn Mann Productions/Actor's Actors Inc.)
* Rak of Aegis (PETA - 1st & 3rd runs)
* Mga Ama, Mga Anak (Tanghalang Pilipino)
** Cock (Red Turnip Theater - 1st & 2nd runs)
** Toilet: The Musical (Ateneo Blue Repertory)
** August: Osage County (Repertory Philippines)
* Wait Until Dark (Repertory Philippines)
* Red (The Necessary Theater by Actor's Actors Inc. - 3rd run)
** Wicked (Asia-Pacific Tour in Manila)

2013

* 2013 Theater Roundup
* Playlist: Lea Salonga in Concert
** The Addams Family (Atlantis Productions)
* Maxie the Musicale (Bit by Bit Company)
* The Producers (Repertory Philippines)
** Grease (9 Works Theatrical - 1st run)
** Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (Resorts World Manila)
* Der Kaufmann/Ang Negosyante ng Venecia (Tanghalang Pilipino)
** Carrie (Atlantis Productions)
* Closer (Red Turnip Theater)
** The Bluebird of Happiness (Trumpets)
* Mind's Eye (C. Virata Advisory/Gillian Virata - 2nd run)
** Leading Lady: Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo in Concert (The Triple Threats series at the CCP)
** Rock of Ages (Atlantis Productions - 2nd run)
* A New Brain (Ateneo Blue Repertory)
* The Glass Menagerie (St. Benilde Production Design Program)
** I Was Here: Audie Gemora in Concert (The Triple Threats series at the CCP)
* Virgin Labfest 9: Set E - Ang Unang Regla ni John; Pagsubli; Mga Kuneho
** Disney's Tarzan (Viva Atlantis Theatricals)
* Sa Wakas (Culture Shock Productions)
* Piaf (Atlantis Productions)
* No Way to Treat a Lady (Repertory Philippines)
* Red (The Necessary Theater by Actor's Actors Inc. - 1st run)
** They're Playing Our Song (9 Works Theatrical)  
** Spring Awakening (Ateneo Blue Repertory)
* Collection (Dulaang UP)
* Ibalong (Tanghalang Pilipino - 1st run)
* Boeing, Boeing (Repertory Philippines)
** Katy! (Spotlight Artists Centre - 1st run)

2012

* The Von Trapp Children: Live in Manila
* Disney's Aladdin (Atlantis Productions)
* The King and I (Resorts World Manila)
** William (PETA - National Theater Festival run)
** Stageshow (Tanghalang Pilipino - National Theater Festival run)
* The Seagull (Dulaang UP)
* Nine (Atlantis Productions)
* The Phantom of the Opera (International Tour in Manila)
* Forbidden Broadway (Upstart Productions - 2nd run)
*** Bona (PETA)
* God of Carnage (Atlantis Productions)
* Virgin Labfest 8: Set E - Kawala; Evening at the Opera; Kafatiran
* In the Heights (Atlantis Productions - 2nd run)
* Jekyll and Hyde (Repertory Philippines)
* Rivalry: The Ateneo-La Salle Musical (4th Wall Theater Company - 1st run)
* Bare (Ateneo Blue Repertory)
*** You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (9 Works Theatrical)  
* Next Fall (Repertory Philippines)
* Defending the Caveman (Theater Mogul/CTE Productions - 2nd run)

2011

*** Disney's The Little Mermaid (Atlantis Productions)
*** The Sound of Music (Resorts World Manila)
*** In the Heights (Atlantis Productions - 1st run)
* Sweet Charity (9 Works Theatrical)
* Aida (Atlantis Productions)
* The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Asia-Pacific Tour in Manila)
* Next to Normal (Atlantis Productions - 1st & 2nd runs)
* The 39 Steps (Repertory Philippines)
*** Rent (9 Works Theatrical - 3rd run)
* The Joy Luck Club (Repertory Philippines)
 
2010
 
* Little Women (Repertory Philippines)
* The Wedding Singer (9 Works Theatrical) 
* A Little Night Music (Atlantis Productions)
* West End Girl: Joanna Ampil in Concert
* Xanadu (Atlantis Productions - 1st & 2nd runs)
*** Cats (Asia-Pacific Tour in Manila)
* Equus (Repertory Philippines)
* Avenue Q (Atlantis Productions - 5th run)
* Rent (9 Works Theatrical - 1st run)

2009

* Sweeney Todd (Repertory Philippines)
* Spring Awakening (Atlantis Productions)

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