Theater in Manila: The Shows You Should Watch This March

A play about the vibrator, Lea Salonga is back, and more


( January gave us the eye-opening Buwan at Baril sa Eb Major and astounding Noli Me Tangere, The Opera, while February gave us the “thrillifying” Wicked and inspiring My Name is Asher Lev. This March, we're treated to a variety of stage performances that not only scare us out of our wits with terrifying creatures but also present how frightening the truth can be—may it be in the form of a painful past or an uncertain future.


Book your tickets now and experience the wonderful (and sometimes daunting) world of theater.




Bantayog: Bata, Banta, Bantay, Tayo, Tayog

Dulaang Sipat Lawin, the theater company of the Philippine High School for the Arts, presents excerpts from plays such as Pragres, May Katwiran ang Katwiran, Ilokula, and Buwan at Baril sa Eb Major. These stories focus on the atrocities of the Martial Law period as told by its victims and their families. It's a production by junior high students of the national arts school. That's how woke they are!


Bantayog: Bata, Banta, Bantay, Tayo, Tayog runs from March 3 to 5 at Tanghalang Huseng Batute, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Admission is free.



Teatro Porvenir

After a successful staging of Teatro Porvenir by Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas in 2013, Philippine Normal University's The Thespian Society takes a shot at producing the Tim Dacanay masterpiece. The piece, whose full title is Teatro Porvenir: Ang Katangi-tanging Kasaysayan ni Andres Bonifacio, Macario Sakay at Aurelio Tolentino sa Entablado creates a what-if scenario in which the forefathers of the Filipino fight for independence all meet in a company theater.



Teatro Porvenir runs from March 1 to 11 at the AV Theater, Philippine Normal University, Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila. Tickets are available through 0905-750-6041.



Ang Unang Aswang

UP Dance Company presents a dance adaptation of Rody Vera's Ang Unang Aswang through the choreography of JM Cabling, who also directs the production. The story follows a girl who has lived in the woods all her life and falls in love with a stranger, who then betrays her. Guess what happens when the innocent girl's dugong aswang awakens because of anguish and a broken heart.


Ang Unang Aswang runs until March 5 at UP Arki Amphitheater, Delos Reyes Street, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City. Tickets, priced at P200, are available through 0916-275-9371.




The Scarlet Stockings

The Scarlet Stockings, a ballet dance thesis production directed and choreographed by Anna Francesca "Cheska" Reyes, tells the story of a young ballet dancer's rise to fame and her downward spiral to madness. It is performed by the scholars of Ballet Philippines.


The Scarlet Stockings is on March 10 and 11 at SDA Theater, 5/F School of Design and Arts, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, 950 Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila. Tickets are available through 0906-468-0226.



The Nether

Red Turnip Theater presents a sci-fi crime drama about the dilemmas of living in a virtual world. It follows a young detective who discovers a new game that's not only disturbing but also telling of what humans can do in their darkest moments. This winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize is written by Jennifer Haley. Ana Abad Santos directs the production.


The Nether runs from March 10 to April 9 at the Power Mac Center Spotlight Theater, Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, Makati City. Tickets, priced from P1,500 to P2,000, are available through Ticketworld.




Fun Home

If you weren't able to catch the first Manila run of this Tony Award-winning musical, then this is your chance! Fun Home follows the story of graphic novelist Alison Bechdel who digs deep into her past after her father's death. Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga joins Broadway actor Eric Kunze and Red Turnip Theater co-founder Cris Villonco in this production.


Fun Home runs from March 10 to 19 at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, 4/F RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City. Tickets, priced from P1,500 to P4,000, are available through Ticketworld.




In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

Have you ever wondered how and why the vibrator was invented? In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) looks into rampant sexual frustration in late 19th Century America. Back then, vibrators were used as a clinical device to bring women to orgasm as treatment for "hysteria"...and later, boring sex with their husbands. This show by Sarah Ruhl was nominated for the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play. It is directed by Chris Millado.


In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) runs from March 24 to April 23 at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City. Tickets, priced at P600 to P1,000, are available through Ticketworld.

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