Theater in Manila: Shows to Watch This October
A movie-turned-musical, a retelling of the Mahabharata, and more.
(SPOT.ph) For the month of October, art imitates life—from a musical that presents the harsh realities of the urban jungle to a highly sexual play about a late dictator. There are also shows about
Based on the 1986 Filipino novel Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag by Edgardo M. Reyes and 1975 film Maynila
Lukso is a three-play production that revolves around the theme of taking risks. The first play Lovesong, written by Francis
Lukso runs until October 6 at Telengtan Hall, 5/F APEC Communications Building, University of Asia and the Pacific, Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tickets, priced at P200, are available through 0906-289-2034.
Playwright Ed Maranan and director Roobak Valle stage a retelling of the Filipino classic Ibong Adarna as part of Gantimpala Theater Foundation's 40th Season. It still follows the epic tale of the three brothers as they set out to capture the magical bird, but new verses, new characters, and a chorus of townspeople are added to make it "more visually and aurally appealing." The show features music and dance traditional to the Maranaos.
Ibong Adarna is on October 6 at SM Manila and October 13 at SM Southmall. Tickets, priced at P300, are available through 0921-251-3733.
For most of us, Swan Lake is a familiar ballet performance that follows the changing and opposite personalities of Odette and Odile. This is also true for Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, who saw it at the young age of 14. This restaging features a new generation of ballerinas and
Swan Lake runs from October 7 to 15 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.
Sakuntala: Ang Singsing ng Kapalaran
What would a Sanskrit drama feel like if it were set far into the future? Sakuntala: Ang Singsing ng Kapalaran is an interesting take on Kalidasa's Sanskrit play The Sign of Shakuntala, which is based on the story of Shakuntala told in the epic Mahabharata. Allan Palileo’s Philippine version is set in 2080, in a devastated Palawan where a young king named Dushyanta falls in love with the princess Sakuntala. The powerful god Durvases curses the two and makes Sakuntala lose the ring (as well as the fond memories) given to her by Dushyanta.
Sakuntala runs until October 21 at Studio 72 Black Box Theater, Kalayaan Avenue, Teachers Village West, Diliman, Quezon City. Tickets, priced from P500 to P1,000, are available through 0916-555-2782.
In Batang Rizal by Christine Bellen, Pepito meets Pepe—the young Rizal. They travel to each other's worlds through a magical
Batang Rizal runs from October 10 to 28 at Rizal Mini Theater, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. Tickets, priced at P250, are available through 0916-327-3370.
Ampalaya Monologues, your favorite show of artistic bitterness, celebrates its second anniversary with Ampalaya Dialogues—a showcase of six short one-act plays written by Mark Ghosn. Like its predecessor, expect a feels fest with relatable punchlines and
Ampalaya Dialogues is on October 14, 7 p.m. at PETA Theater Center, 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. Tickets, priced at P500, are available through Ampalaya Monologues’ Facebook page.
Fly Me to The Moon
Fly Me to The Moon, penned by Palanca Hall of Famer Rody Vera, follows Melanie as she embarks on a journey to Japan to help her family make ends meet. Aboard a ship filled with danger and sadness, she finds comfort in Karayuki-san who longs for her one true love, Ibrahim.
Fly Me to The Moon runs from October 13 to 22 at Artist Playground, Arts Above, 112 West Avenue, Quezon City. Tickets, priced at P600, are available through Ticketworld.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, first staged in the West End in 2002, is based on the 1968 film by Ken Hughes and 1964 novel by Ian Fleming. Set in 1910, it follows the "fantasmagorical" world of Caractacus Potts (Gian Magdangal), Truly Scrumptious (Yanah Laurel), the kids Jeremy (Noel Comia, Albert Silos), and Jemima (Isabeli Araneta-Elizalde, Zoey
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang runs from October 21 to November 12 at Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, Newport Boulevard, Newport City. Tickets, priced from P1,000 to P4,000, are available through Ticketworld.
The Exemplars: Amada and Other Dances
The Exemplars restages Ballet Philippines' internationally acclaimed classics, including National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes' Amada, which is based on National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin's Summer Solstice. It is set in 19th Century Manila, which is traditionally
The Exemplars: Amada and Other Dances
Mygahd, I Hate Drags
Mygahd, I Hate Drags is a
Mygahd, I Hate Drags runs from October 14 to 30 at the College of Architecture Amphitheater, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City. Tickets, priced at P300, are available through The UP Repertory Company's Facebook page.