Monday, August 31, 2015

#TheaterPH - Chuva Choo Choo – The Mr.Kupido Musicale

Inspired by the lyrics of Vehnee Saturno, Stages Production Specialist Inc. is unveiling a musical comedy poised to become this season’s theatrical hit. 

Saturno, a multi-awarded composer best known for creating popular hits such as Be My Lady (Martin Nievera), Sana Kahit Minsan and Simple Lang (Ariel Rivera), Isang Lahi (Regine Velasquez), Mr. Kupido (Rachel Alejandro), Bakit Pa? (Jessa Zaragoza), Wala Na Bang Pag-ibig and Dahil Tanging Ikaw (Jaya), celebrates his 35th anniversary in the industry with Chuva Choo Choo – The Mr.Kupido Musicale, where his most popular compositions will be featured. 

Directed by seven-time Palanca winner George de Jesus III, the musical tells the story of two sisters, Dina and Darla, played by Joanna Ampil and Morisette Amon, who go from amateur singing contestants to national stars. After being unwitting witnesses to an altercation between the town Mayor and the contest organizer, the pair head off to Manila to seek refuge where they begin to work as female impersonators. The sisters then face a series of hilarious misadventures in their quest for stardom and true love.  

Chuva Choo Choo, which is set to open on September 25 will run at the Power Mac Center Spotlight - a 300-seater black box theater. This multi-purpose venue with flexible seating set-up and lights and sound system is patterned to compliment interactive, dynamic, fresh and innovative performances. It is designed to showcase diverse Filipino talents and numerous entertainment options. 

Joanna Ampil

Morisette Amon


Chuva Choo Choo will be a comedy musical that is relatable to audiences of all ages through Vehnee’s songs. And we thought that the Power Mac Center Spotlight, being the newest theater venue in the metro, would be the perfect venue to bring the show closer to more people,” shares Alvin Trono, Producer of Chuva Choo Choo. 

George De Jesus III

Alvin Trono


The Power Mac Center Spotlight, located at Circuit Makati, was borne out of a partnership between Power Mac Center and Ayala Land, anchored on a vision to define the development as the country’s premier entertainment district. Circuit Makati is a 22-hectare property that will offer more opportunities as they open new office spaces, upscale residences, lifestyle hotel, outdoor sports facilities, interactive retail facilities and various entertainment. 



“We approached Power Mac Center because we wanted a partner known for their inherent inclination for culture and the arts; and a partner with a passion for innovation and creativity. And there’s no better way to usher in the promise of the development than with a creative endeavor featuring some of the biggest powerhouses in the entertainment industry” ends Mel Ignacio, Ayala Land Strategic Landbank Management Group AVP.

Catch the first four shows of Chuva Choo Choo on September 25, 26 (3pm/8pm), 27(3pm) and its second run in January 2016. For ticket inquiries, call Cheng Pimentel of Stages Production Specialist Inc. at (0917) 859 6544. 




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Sunday, August 30, 2015

REVIEW: Tag-Ani, How is it to be inlove when you are in your 70s? #TheaterPH

A few minutes before the play started, the room dimmed and traditional Filipino music played. The theater was small and simple. The dimmed lights ushered you into getting in the mood to hearing the “deepest” Filipino words you’ll ever hear in this day and time. 



This tragicomedy is part of a trilogy written by The Amelia Lapena-Bonifacio. The material explores being in love while in your 70s, when the need to be loved and the want to love another is still very much present in the human heart.

When the lights turn on, an old woman is seen crocheting while sitting on a bench. The old man enters, noticing the woman, preparing to catch her attention. The exchange that came would test your vocabulary and how well you are able to get meaning from context. 

“Sumambit ka ng kahit anong paksa, puso at utak ko’y tumatalon sa tuwa.”

Ermie Concepcion and Ces Aldaba


There’s a certain tickling in the ears and light drumming in the heart with every flowery word. You fall deeper into the story as the characters fall for each other. Tragedy hits when you least expect it and you continue to fall, face first, into reality of what 70 is. 

A simple set of a bench, a tree, and a backdrop of 3 sides makes the one-act play pop as it gives the illusion of space. Music and lighting satisfied as it added emotions to feel the right amount of thrill, the right amount of kilig. 

Experience made the production shine as veteran actors Ermie Concepcion and Ces Aldaba are directed by yet another veteran, Roeder Camanag. I never imagined that a geriatric love story would rival that of the latest JaDine series, no kidding. During the Q&A, the actors shared that they love the script. That love is effectively conveyed in the level of acting that you witness with Tag-Ani.

Tag-Ani is the second offering of Artist Playground. Established July of this year, it aims to be a laboratory where artists can create, recreate, and refine every. Generally different from mainstream theater, this process results to the best form of the work prior to the first performance date. The small theater is also a playground for the audience as it enables you to focus completely on what is right in front of you. What theater is, its magic, is enhanced because of the set-up.

In the coming months, Direk Roeder informed us that upcoming shows include performance art by Nasser Lubay and a one woman sound-driven performance by Angelina “Mailes” Kanapi. 

It was just recently announced that Tag-Ani has been extended until September 5 and 6. Yes, I suggest that you catch their 3PM and 7PM shows while you can. For tickets, contact 0977-3062924.

Review by Saul De Jesus.



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