Monday, December 15, 2008

Best Stage Actor

This was in today's Inquirer newspaper .. Christian called me and told me the news .. i searched the net and found it .. this is actually the short version of the article. To read the entire write up i included a link at the bottom.

So proud of my papa! He is truly the best in my book .. always happy to know he ranks top among other books as well ... :)

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BRAVO!
Best of Theater 2008
By Gibbs Cadiz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:40:00 12/15/2008

IT wasn’t the best of times, it wasn’t the worst of times. Put another way, it was more of the same for the Manila theater scene in 2008.

The contradictions are striking: The most lavish production to set up shop this year, Broadway Asia’s “Cinderella,” played to packed houses right up to its closing show, even with premium tickets that went as high as P7,000—the steepest prices for a Manila musical in recent memory.

Other musicals, such as Stages’ “West Side Story,” Atlantis Productions’ “Hairspray” and Repertory Philippines’ long-running children’s show “Mulan,” also did well despite—or perhaps because of—the tough times. Pricier tickets notwithstanding, musical extravaganzas are often seen as a feel-good respite from the bleak world just outside the theater doors.

As always, drama companies offering more probing, serious fare can’t hold a candle to that. The 13-year-old New Voice Company, for instance, failed to mount a season play this year—a first in its history. Its only offering was a special one-night (though star-studded) event featuring a retread of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.”

Actor’s Actors’ Inc., which had a late-breaking production last year with “Children’s Letters to God,” was nowhere on the calendar in 2008. Tanghalang Pilipino, meanwhile, scaled back its season productions from four to three—though it did have a surprise hit in David Henry Hwang’s “The Golden Child,” which it successfully marketed to schools and the Chinese-Filipino community.

Overall, a hit-and-miss record, but something not dissimilar to previous years’. Theater will plod along, it’s clear—an oddly comforting reminder, given how the economic malaise, abetted by the continuing fragmentation of pop culture and entertainment, has steadily elbowed theater to the margins.

Here’s a round-up of the best of Manila theater in 2008. Anything put on stage that we could watch (given the vagaries of time and work constraints), we watched—the breadth of talent and imagination on display always a balm of hope.

(Disclosure: We failed to catch Gantimpala Theater’s “Ang Pagong at ang Matsing” and Tanghalang Ateneo’s “The Death of Memory,” both of which won Aliw Awards [for Best Musical and Best Play, respectively] this year. Their non-inclusion here is not a judgment on their merits.)


Best Actor-Play

José Mari Avellana (“Tuesdays with Morrie”). A magnificent performance that embraced big emotions without a shred of pulp or sentimentality, rendering his dying professor’s character all the more indelible in your memory.

Honorable mentions: Mario O’Hara (“Kudeta”); Joe Gruta and Dido de la Paz (“Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street”); Teroy Guzman and Nonie Buencamino (“Otelo, ang Moro ng Venecia”); Art Acuña (“The Golden Child”); Joey Paras and Arnold Reyes (“Ang Bayot, ang Meranao, at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakakabagot na Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte”); Bart Guingona (“Tuesdays With Morrie”); Dante Balois (“Hiblang Abo”); Richard Cunanan (“Slipped Disc: A Study of the Upright Walk”); Jonathan Tadioan (“Pamantasang Hirang”); Vince de Jesus (“Couture”); Kalil Almonte (“Baclofen”)

Complete article here

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations! Galing naman ng dad mo! You must be very, very proud of him and your lolo and lola, lahat na! hehehe! Galing talaga!!!