Rep’s “In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play” is a Titillating Victorian Sex Comedy

By now, we know that good vibrations are, well, good. But back in the Victorian times, vibrations were seen as the only cure for “hysteria,” a medical term for anxiety. The prescribed cure? A trip to the doctor, who will administer the newly-invented vibrator to induce paroxysms… or orgasms. It’s the foreplay to Repertory Philippines’ In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play, a Victorian sex comedy that explores intimacy, passion, and love.

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Ballet Manila’s Don Quixote is a Passionate Retelling of a Spanish Classic

The Spanish are known for their passion. In fact, a study by the University of the Balearic Islands showed that 80% of respondents “prefer love to be passionate.” And because links have been found between dancing and sex, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the Spanish also show a certain kind of vigor when it comes to dancing. This was evident in Don Quixote, the ballet staged by the prestigious Ballet Manila.

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Ballet Philippines’ Swan Lake is a Beautifully Haunting Watch

Swan Lake is one of the most famous and recognizable ballets in the world. For dancers, it is one of the most difficult to execute, demanding technical skill and the ability to elegantly portray a swan using only the body. According to noted dancer and choreographer Nonoy Froilan, if you can do Swan Lake, you can consider yourself a prima ballerina. Ballet Philippines brings this timeless classic to Manila, and I was able to watch it!

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Agnes of God Brings Noir to the Stage with a Murder Mystery

Repertory Philippines continues its winning streak for its 50th anniversary with Bart Guingona’s Agnes of God, a dark thriller about a murder in a convent.

Agnes of God tells the story of young Sister Agnes, a sweet and innocent nun who mysteriously becomes pregnant and is found in a room, her baby dead in a wastebasket. Psychiatrist Dr. Martha Livingstone is appointed by the court to examine Agnes’s mental stability and find the truth behind the case, but she is constantly blocked by the headstrong Mother Miriam Ruth. The superior insists that Agnes’s pregnancy was an immaculate conception, and that the young child is innocent.

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Caredivas is Bright and Sparkly, but With a Sharp Bite

I remember falling in love with Caredivas when it first came out in 2011. In a blog post, I mentioned, “If Caredivas runs again, you should definitely check it out. You never know, it might pull off a Cher and decide to do a comeback.” And here we are, six years later, and the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) brought the musical back. And yes, I still believe believe you should check it out. This year’s run is brighter and sparklier, and does not lose the charm and heart that captivated audiences in 2011.

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Ballet Manila to Stage Don Quixote!

I fell in love with ballet when I watched Ballet Manila’s performance of Cinderella last year. The grace of the ballerinas and the danseurs were hypnotizing, and I marveled at how they leapt into the air like water being thrown across the sky. The chemistry between Cinderella and the prince were electrifying, and I was instantly hooked. Now, Ballet Manila is returning for the Spanish classic Don Quixote!

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Wicked is a “Thrillifying” Show That Will Leave You Spellbound

As a showtune queen, it’s expected that I know and can sing along to any Wicked song at the drop of a hat. And I do. I can belt “Defying Gravity” in my own weird way, and copy all of Glinda’s inflections in “Popular.” Sadly, I wasn’t able to catch Wicked in Manila in 2014, but I’m happy to let you know that I was able to watch it this year. Not only that, I got to go on a backstage tour and interview the cast!

It’s one thing to listen to the songs on Spotify and YouTube, and it’s a completely different experience when you watch the story unfold. I sat in my seat at The Theatre at Solaire, silently weeping as I watched Elphaba soar through the sky to say that everyone deserves the chance to fly. It’s a splendiferous and thrillifying show that will leave you spellbound. The casting, the songs, the set! It was a glorious experience.

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