Theater in Manila: The Shows You Should Watch This June

Flying Na'vis, singing nuns, and more.


( When Cirque de Soleil publicist Janie Mallet was asked why they decided to bring Toruk: The First Flight to the Philippines, she cited the country's vibrant and growing theater scene. She couldn't be more on-point as we're already halfway through the year but the lineup of plays and musicals just keeps getting longer and longer every month.


For the month of June, we have a couple of international productions on tour, adaptations of foreign plays, and, of course, some homegrown ones. We also celebrate Repertory Philippines’ 50th anniversary in the business, one of the pioneers of the country’s performing arts landscape. Time to mark your calendars!



The Glitter Trap

Repertory Philippines launches its first Junior Masterclass workshop program with The Glitter Trap, a musical by Joel Trinidad and Jon Meer Vera Perez. Based on the young adult Disney novel of the same title, it follows the story of Lacey, a young girl who accidentally injures a Fairy Godmother and eventually takes on the job herself.


The Glitter Trap is on June 8, 7 p.m. at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City. Tickets, priced at P500, are available through The Glitter Trap's Facebook page.



My Name is Asher Lev

Aaron Posner's play My Name is Asher Lev (based on the novel of the same title by Chaim Patok) stars Nelsito Gomez as a young Hasidic Jew growing up in 1940s Brooklyn. His strict sect believes art is a waste of time, yet he just can't help but be pulled into the world of canvas and paint. This Twin Bill Theater production was first staged at The PARC Manila in San Juan in February.



My Name is Asher Lev is on June 10, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, 26th Street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. Tickets, priced from P600 to P1,000, are available through Ticketworld.



Harana: A Cultural Journey

Philippine Opera Company’s one-night-only production puts the spotlight on the cultural significance of the harana, the Filipino practice of serenading. It is traditionally done in the provinces, where the man sings and plays the guitar for his beloved.


Harana: A Cultural Journey is on June 10, 8 p.m. at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, 26th Street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. Tickets, priced from P600 to P1,800, are available through Ticketworld.



REP 50 Years of Telling Stories

Repertory Philippines celebrates its golden anniversary with a gala musical and homecoming of its stars. Theater greats Monique Wilson, Leo Martinez, Pinky Amador, Miguel Faustmann, Audie Gemora, Bart Guingona, and more remember their own REP stories through song and dance in one magical night.


REP 50 Years of Telling Stories is on June 11, 8 p.m. at The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Aseana Avenue, Parañaque City. Tickets, priced from P1,000 to P5,500, are available through Ticketworld.



M Episode

M Episodes, a two-act play inspired by James Chalmers' Prelude to Macbeth and William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, follows three people in their pursuit of happiness. The first part introduces us to Lorna Steward, Macbeth (Thane of Glamis), and Duncan (King of Scotland). We later discover their murderous plots and tragic story. It is directed by Roeder Camanag.



M Episode runs from June 16 to July 1 at Artist Playground II, Arts Above, West Venue Building, 112 West Avenue, Quezon City. Tickets, priced at P550, are available through Ticketworld.



Toruk: The First Flight

Cirque de Soleil brings to life James Cameron's sci-fi movie Avatar through Toruk: The First Flight, the entertainment company's first-ever venture into a movie-inspired show. Accompanying the breathtaking projections and amazing acrobatic acts is a story set thousands of years before humans have discovered Pandora, an earth-like moon in another star system. Three Na'vis are on a quest to find Toruk, the mighty red and orange predator that can protect the Tree of Souls.


Toruk: The First Flight runs from June 23 to July 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City. Tickets, priced from P1,500 to P7,368, are available through SM Tickets.



No Exit

Ikarus Theatre Collaborative is mounting Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialist French play No Exit at a local café-gallery-theater in Marikina. The story follows three people stuck in a hotel room—a newspaper man from Rio, a Parisian socialite, and a postal clerk—as they wait for their torturer.


No Exit runs from June 23 to July 1 at DITO: Bahay ng Sining, J. Molino Street, Concepcion Uno, Marikina City. Tickets, priced at P300, are available through 0917-876-0525.



Sister Act

If you loved the Whoopie Goldberg-headlined musical comedy film Sister Act, then you should also see the musical adaptation coming this June. The two-week Philippine run is part of the 2017 Asian tour of the American production.



Sister Act runs from June 27 29 to July 9 at at The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Aseana Avenue, Parañaque City. Tickets, priced from P1,500 to P6,500, are available through Ticketworld.



Kinky Boots

The Philippine production of Kinky Boots, a Tony Award- and Grammy Award-winning musical by Cyndi Lauper, stars local balladeer Nyoy Volante. It is inspired by true events and tells the story of Charlie Price (Laurence Mossman) who inherits a shoe factory from his father. Pressured to save it from bankruptcy, he forms a partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen Lola (Volante).


Kinky Boots runs from June 30 to July 23 at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, 4/F RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City. Tickets, priced from P2,000 to P4,000, are available through Ticketworld.


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