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Ironing out theater world’s ‘wrinkles’

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We were shooting the breeze with some of the country’s best veteran theater people last month, and the talk got around to what they wanted most to change about the way things are.

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When life and art are one

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THE ORLINAS’ latest endeavor is a labor of love. Photo WWW.GALERIEJOAQUIN.COM

Five years ago, we wrote and directed the religious musical, “Mapaghimalang Birhen ng Caysasay,” for Ramon and Lay-Ann Orlina, with music by Ryan Cayabyab, and the experience was so memorable for all of us that we’ve remained good friends since then. The musical is one of our favorite artistic collaborations, so we keep restaging it and hope to do so again next year.

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Jon Jon Briones–truly homegrown talent

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BRIONES. Reprises demanding and attention-calling role.

Kudos to Rachel Ann Go for getting the plum supporting role of Gigi in next year’s revival production of “Miss Saigon” in London. We’re sure that Isay Alvarez, the role’s originator in the hit musical’s first production, will give Rachel Ann very helpful advice on how to make full use of the golden opportunity for artistic growth and fulfillment that’s just been presented to her.

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8 movies in Sarangani filmfest depict aspects of province’s culture

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At least eight films depicting life in Sarangani province were screened here starting Wednesday as a prelude to the annual tribute to the “first people” of this province.

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Authentic youth buoys up new ‘Romeo and Juliet’

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BOOTH AND STEINFELD. Cast as Romeo and Juliet, respectively, in latest adaptation of Shakespeare classic.

One of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays, “Romeo and Juliet,” has been performed for centuries all over the world, and has had at least five film versions.   George Cukor led off in 1936 with an acclaimed “filmization” that remains viewable despite the passage of many years.   In 1954, Renato Castellani directed Laurence Harvey [...]

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Brush paintings with a message

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CHEN. Used his art to preach God’s  word

There’s more to paintings created by the late Chinese artist, Chen Bing-Sun, than meets the eye—each of them has a message. Aside from his detailed brush paintings, Chen’s works became famous because of the Bible verses he inscribed on his canvases—he used his art to preach God’s message!   Chen Bing-Sun is known as the [...]

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LRI’s visual feast

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FROM LEFT: Ongsiako, Ledesma, Juico, Daza, Jocson, Roque and Santos.

At the “Artmoves” exhibit, there were eight dynamic artists with different styles: Evie Roque and I worked on digital art portraiture (portraits digitized with layers of colors and textures that created color-filled imagery evoking Andy Warhol). Kuh ledesma’s works included images of a cello, a guitar and a violin.

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Monchot’s passions

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THE CHEF’S paintings will be featured in “Artmoves.”

Looking at Monchot Ongsiako’s calm and smiling face makes people think that the guy goes through life unruffled. Being a chef, he is passionate about cooking. So, when he encounters some “bumps” at work, he lets off steam—by painting.

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‘Gift of Self’

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CORY Aquino portrait by Emi Mercado.

Last July 29, President Benigno Aquino III, together with his sisters, Ballsy and Viel, unveiled a wall marker at the Manila Hotel composed of three paintings to commemorate former President Cory Aquino’s fourth death anniversary (August 1).

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Familiarity breeds magic in ‘Pippin’

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MILLER AND THOMAS. Portray the Leading Player and the restless prince, respectively. Photo by Joan Marcus

“Join us, come and waste an hour or two,” the Leading Player (played by Patina Miller) sings the opening strains of “Magic to Do” to the spellbound audience as she rips through the fourth wall with a menacing grin. Don’t let Miller’s friendly gesture fool you, however: “Pippin’s” Tony-winning Broadway revival (at the Music Box Theatre) isn’t the harmless and preternaturally perky Stephen Schwartz musical you’re familiar with.

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Sky’s the limit for Sheng Belmonte

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BELMONTE IN “KATY!” Show-stopping bump-and-grind comedy-musical number with Quizon (right). photo: judebautista.wordpress.com

Established entertainers can’t afford to rest on their laurels this season, because a number of exceptionally gifted young comers are working hard to enjoy their rightful share of the show biz sun—and spotlight.

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Marilyn Monroe lives on in ‘Siren’s Heart’

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BRADSHAW. Portrays Tinseltown’s legendary sex symbol.

Marilyn Monroe would have cooed happily had she seen Louisa Bradshaw’s thoughtful, spot-on portrayal of her in “Siren’s Heart: Norma Jean & Marilyn in Purgatory.”

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