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All 12 of this year’s Virgin Labfest “Silip” new roster of plays, ranked and reviewed.

Binondo: A Tsinoy Musical

“The swell of music that begins Binondo, an original musical currently running at The Theater at Solaire, almost sounds like a promise— a rousing start to an epic story that’s about to unfold.”

Ding Ang Bato!

It presents itself as a technical marvel, with a confluence of different theater techniques that come together to form a strong start.

The Kundiman Party

UP Playwright’s Theatre’s The Kundiman Party is, more than anything, a rumination on how a thing of the past could fit in the realm of the Millennial, at a time when protest action couldn’t be more necessary.

Arsenic and Old Lace

“The premise of the story is in itself funny, if morbid: two docile, eccentric old ladies living in an old house are discovered by their nephew, Mortimer (Nel Gomez), to be casual murderers–offering elderberry wine laced with arsenic to unsuspecting, lonely old men and afterwards burying them in the basement.”

It’s been over twenty years, and Julie Taymor’s fully realized theatrical version of The Lion King remains fresh, innovative, experimental, and frankly, unlike anything that’s ever been done before (or …

Silent Sky

“Repertory Philippines paints a stellar feminist portrait of one Henrietta Leavitt, as she charged headstrong into the world of astronomy (and men).”

I Remember a Boy

“It is a two-hour show, yet if one were a lover of OPM from the 1970s-1990s, one could only pray that it would go on and on in order to savor the musicality of these millennial actors and actresses.”