10 Theater Shows to Catch in Early 2016

Gil Cadiz


“Proximity to the arts is cleansing for the soul.”
– Mrs Darbus in High School Musical

What better way for us to put Mrs Darbus’ aphorism into practice than to see a stage show! It’s live and it’s 3D (no need for glasses). The actors’ presence and energy are so contagious that you become emotionally involved with the characters that they play. You get mesmerized by the set design, the lights, the props, the costumes and the movements on stage. The dialogues make you think, laugh or cry and the songs enthrall you. It’s a full sensory experience!

So, if you really want some serious soul cleansing, check out these plays and musicals slated to run in the first quarter of 2016.


The Game’s Afoot

Repertory Philippines | January 15 to February 7, 2016
http://www.repertoryphilippines.ph | https://www.facebook.com/repertoryphilippines

Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot is a deliriously funny murder mystery that tells what happened when a Broadway star well-known for playing Sherlock Holmes needed to channel his inner Sherlock to figure out who killed one of his castmates who turned up dead during a weekend of revelry in his castle.

games a foot


3 STARS AND A SUN: A Musical feat. the Music of Pinoy Rap Legend Francis Magalona

Philippine Educational Theater Association | February 4 to March 6, 2016
http://petatheater.com | https://www.facebook.com/PETATHEATER

This is a futuristic rap musical that uses the music of the late great Francis M to show the audience what our future can come to if the problems of the present are left unresolved. It’s a cautionary tale and a challenge to today’s youth to act together and swiftly before it’s too late.

3 stars


Tisoy Brown: Hari ng Wala

Dulaang UP | February 10-28, 2016

‘Tisoy Brown’ is renowned Filipino playwright, Rody Vera’s adaption of 19th-century Norwegian playwright and poet, Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Peer Gynt’ – a play that explores the Norwegian national identity through the lifelong travails of a boastful, deceitful, philandering, thieving and slave-trading protagonist. Now, transform the Norwegian protagonist into an Amerasian boy born of a Pinoy mom from Olongapo and a US serviceman stationed in Subic during the 80’s – you get ‘Tisoy Brown’.




Stages Sessions | February 12, 2016

This will be a night of secrets, stories and songs about love; an artistic Valentine’s Day celebration by millenials, for millenials.





Red Turnip Theater | February 12 to March 6, 2016
http://redturniptheater.wix.com/redturniptheater | https://www.facebook.com/RedTurnipTheater

Can one word alter the course of your life? Catch this explosive play about the boundless potential of a first encounter, free will, and friendship. #KiligMuch



50 SHADES! The Musical Parody

9 Works Theatrical | February 13, 21 and 28, 2016
http://www.50shadesmanila.com | https://www.facebook.com/50ShadesManila

A sexy and hilarious send-up of Fifty Shades of Grey, the greatest novel ever, this show will have you rolling on the floor laughing and begging for more BDSM (Best Damn Songs and Music).

50 shades



WTF (Wala Talagang Forever) sa Malacañang
A New JON SANTOS Political Comedy

Resorts World Manila | February 17-20, 24-27 and March 3-6, 2016

Celebrated comedian Jon Santos brings his new one-man show to the brand-new Ceremonial Hall of the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Resorts World Manila. His latest send-ups of the most notorious and hilarious politicians, celebrities, stars and wannabes will definitely crack you up!



Kiriring Aida’t Macaraig

Tanghalang Batingaw Alumni Association Inc & National Commision for Culture and the Arts

This story is about three individuals living with HIV. They try to live normal lives but still get haunted by their past. If you’re into advocacy theatre, this one’s for you.



Mabining Mandirigma

The Cultural Center of the Philippines & Tanghalang Pilipino | February 19 to March 13, 2016

Nicanor Tiongson’s Mabining Mandirigma is a contemporary musical foregrounding the intellectual heroism of Apolinario Mabini, who in the second phase of Philippine revolution, displayed an uncommon vision, a warrior’s spirit, and a principled character, as he struggled against all odds to enjoin his countrymen to go beyond considerations of class, clan, economic gain, and personal ambition, so they could think and act as citizens of one nation.



Les Miserables

Cameron Mackintosh | March 11 to  April 17, 2016
http://www.lesmis.com/manila | https://www.facebook.com/lesmismanila

The longest-running musical in the West End and the second longest-running musical in the world comes to Manila for the first time. Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, it is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. Our very own Rachelle Ann Go, who will essay the role of Fantine, is the only Asian in the company of mostly Australian actors.


So, which ones are you excited to watch? If you have friends who have not seen live theater, bring them along! Who knows, they might find a new kind of happiness in it.

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