Theater in Manila: Love Stories to See Onstage This Month

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( Love is a common theme in the arts, from Shakespeare’s well-crafted sonnets to paintings that move you and make you weep. This is especially true for theatrical shows that celebrate unconditional love—may it be romantic, familial, or platonic. This month, the other half of our theater roundup looks into the emotion that makes us human. 





Sarah Ruhl's contemporary retelling of the popular Greek myth of Eurydice asks the question, "What can you do for love?" It follows the bizarre love triangle between Eurydice (Lhorvie Nuevo), her father (Audie Gemora/Juliene Mendoza), and her husband Orpheus (Marco Viaña). This Tanghalang Pilipino production is translated by Guelan Luarca and directed by Loy Arcenas.


Eurydice runs from February 17 to March 5 at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Tickets, priced from P1,000 to P1,500, are available through Ticketworld.





Mula sa Buwan

Mula sa Buwan takes after the well-loved play Cyrano de Bergerac but with a very Filipino twist. The Edmond Rostand original is now set in 1940s Manila where Cyrano (Nicco Manalo/Boo Gabunada) is an ROTC cadet and Roxane (KL Dizon) is a blushing colegiala. Christian (Edward Benosa/Fred Lo), the lead's best friend, falls in love with the beautiful damsel. To add more feels, the lyrics of the musical crafted by Pat Valera and William Manzano can easily be favorite hugot pieces.


Mula sa Buwan is from February 18 to 26 at Henry Lee Irwin Theater, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. Tickets, prived from P600 to P800, are available through Ticketworld.

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Anatomiya ng Pag-ibig

Anatomiya ng Pag-ibig is made up of different love stories told from a variety of perspectives. There's tale about a crime of passion, a love-hate relationship with an ex, and a dark conversation inside the car of a stranger. "Iba't-ibang pag-ibig, iisa ang anatomiya," the vignettes point out.



Anatomiya ng Pag-ibig is on February 19 at Power Mac Center Spotlight, Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, Makati City. Tickets, priced at P200, are available through Ticketworld.




Prelude to Macbeth

James Chalmers' one-act play serves as a prequel to Shakespeare's Macbeth. It tells the story of how Macbeth (Paul Jake Paule) is offered the title of Thane of Glamis by the cunning and manipulative King of Scotland (Mitoy Sta. Ana/Andre Tiangco). He later meets Lorna Stewart (Cath Go/Jernice Matunan), an ambitious lady who becomes his wife.


Prelude to Macbeth is from February 23 to 26 at 1701 The Little Room Upstairs, Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia Avenue corner Timog, Quezon City. Tickets are available through Artist Playground's Facebook.




Don Quixote

The closing act for Ballet Manila's 21st performance season is known in the ballet world as one of the most technically challenging pieces ever created. The story follows Alonso Quixano, who decides to become a knight and renames himself Don Quixote. He designates a neighboring farm girl, Aldonza Lorenza, as his lady love and renames her Dulcinea—the woman, of course, knows nothing of this. The ballet also puts the spotlight on the love story between Kitri and Basilio, a pair he encounters during his adventure.


Don Quixote runs from February 24 to 26 at Aliw Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Vicente Sotto Street, Pasay City. Tickets, priced from P500 to P1,500, are available through Ticketworld.




Swan Lake

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake tells the story of Odette, a beautiful princess who turns into a swan at night because of an evil sorcerer's curse. The spell can only be broken if someone promises her unconditional love.



Swan Lake is from February 24 to March 5 at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Tickets, priced from P300 to P3,000, are available through Ticketworld.





Wicked, a musical by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman, paints the picture of Elphaba (Jacqueline Hughes) and Glinda's (Carly Anderson) friendship before the green-skinned one becomes the Wicked Witch of the West. We also see Fiyero (Bradley Jaden), prince of the Arjiki tribe in the Vinkus, who comes between the two witches.


Wicked runs until March 19 at The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, Aseana Avenue, Parañaque City. Tickets, priced from P1,750 to P7,000, are available through Ticketworld.


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