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TFM Review: Venus in Fur by Nikki Francisco Sado-Masochism isn’t an easy sell—or maybe it is. We do live in a post Fifty Shades of Grey world, after all. Still, you don’t see plays like “Venus in Fur” staged very often in these parts. But, The Necessary Theatre likes staging shows that rile you up. …

TFM Review by Alphonzo Alegrado Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen and released in 1952, Singin’ In The Rain is arguably the greatest musical film of all time. Featuring some of the silver screen’s most memorable show tunes, The Singin’ In The Rain film has been lauded for generations, and is even this writer’s …

TFM Review: Ballet Manila’s Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang by Pia de Ungria   Every movement was a dialogue spoken in Ballet – and the best part, we all understood. We didn’t even know we spoke Ballet-nese. Ballet Manila opened its 20th season with a nod to our colorful culture, by staging three stories from …

TFM Review: La Cage Aux Folles by Pia de Ungria We start with a modestly-opened cage, and a promise of madness. We ended with the cage ajar, slightly melted (from the heat of excitement) and tear-off-ones-clothes, running-amok-in-the-middle-of-the-storm mania. This month marks the second run of 9 Works Theatrical’s production of La Cage Aux Folles – …

TFM Review: 33 Variations by Nikki Francisco Beethoven made so much more out of Anton Diabelli’s waltz. Red Turnip Theater’s production of 33 Variations has elevated Moises Kaufman’s material much the same way. This is not to say that Kaufman’s material is mediocre, but creative liberties taken by the local staging has turned a rather …

TFM Review: Florante at Laura by Frida Tan Staging a literary classic such as this is no easy feat. But what makes it 10 times harder are the hundreds of restless high school students that the company has to keep in their seats for 2.5 hours. Fortunately, Gantimpala Theater Foundation has already mastered the answer …

TFM Review: Ballet Manila’s Flight 1 and 2 by Pia de Ungria These were two flights anybody shouldn’t miss. There is no chance of rebooking, and missing it is missing out on an experience of a lifetime. And believe me, with Lisa Macuja-Elizalde acting as your flight attendant, you know you are going to be …

TFM Review: Beauty and the Beast by Pia de Ungria Beauty and the Beast is perhaps one of the most familiar fairy tales, no thanks to Disney. In itself, it carries a timeless message of acceptance, of love seeing beyond the physical, and most importantly, of love triumphant. This is perhaps one of the reasons …