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TFM Review: Dancing in One Voice by Pia de Ungria   It was complete. Whole. And just like the number, you can’t help but place it at the top. Dancing in One Voice marks a first for Philippine Ballet Theater – a first time to collaborate on a concert-style production; and watching their technical rehearsal …

TFM Review: Chuva Choo Choo by Pia de Ungria This is, of course, from how the word is used: a substitute for anything that one can’t find an expression for. So this can’t be any more appropriate: Chuva Choo Choo was a whole lot of chuva. The story started with sisters Dina and Darla singing …

TFM Review: Hugot sa Rosas by Pia de Ungria Ballet Philippines dug deep within, far beyond the earth’s crust, past the mantle and we got boiling-hot emotions that steamed from geysers onstage. Hugot sa Rosas, comes from the concept of “hugot,” an overused albeit truthful expression that roots from our culture’s proclivity to utilize our …

TFM Review: South Pacific in Concert by Pia de Ungria And it wasn’t because we live in a tropical country. The curtain opens to the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, dignified in their seats, poised to begin playing with the waving of Maestro Rodel Colmenar’s stick. The overture begins with the changing of the projected images, the …

In Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil (literally translated as Noli and Fili in the year 2000), playwright Nicanor Tiongson takes the essence of Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo and skillfully weaves them together in a 2.5 hour play set in the modern day. It is 2004, the year of the infamous Infanta …

TFM Review: Tag-ani by Nikki Francisco The beginnings of love always feel like the first time. In the middle of a lovely park, one beautiful day, a man and a woman meet. It’s a boy-meets-girl kind of thing. She’s sitting on a bench, crocheting, and he is enamoured by her. So much so that he …

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 …