“Binondo: A Tsinoy Musical” is Set to Return This Year

One of the musicals I’m looking forward to this year is Binondo: A Tsinoy Musical. I wasn’t able to see when it was first staged in 2018, so I was excited when I heard it’s returning. This time I won’t miss it when it makes it comeback this July.

Binondo tells the love story of Lily, a Filipina nightclub singer, and Ah Tiong, a mainland Chinese scholar. It spans two decades in two countries, and is set against China’s cultural revolution and the 1971 Mid Autumn Festival in Manila’s Chinatown.

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“Father’s Day” Review: A Smart Comedy About a Dysfunctional Family

Every family has its dysfunction but it’s only discussed during reunions and Christmas dinners, when grudges are brought up and plates thrown across the room. Rare is the occasion when a family would openly broadcast their neuroses, which explains the popularity of reality shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

From March 22 to April 14, we get a peek into the lives of the Willows in Repertory Philippines’ Father’s Day, a West End play about a separated family that “enjoys” a reunion after a crisis. Henry receives an unexpected visit from his estranged son, Matthew, and his goth girlfriend, Christine. Still bitter from the divorce that tore his family apart, Henry treats them unkindly. After discovering that Matthew has run away, he decides to call his ex-wife, Sue. The result is a stellar cast exchanging witty banter filled with dry humor.

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“Potted Potter” Review: A Hilarious (and Unauthorized) Harry Potter Parody

I can still remember the day I discovered the magical world of Harry Potter. It was 1997 and I was browsing for something new to read at a bookstore in Alabang Town Center. I saw a promotional shelf brimming with copies of The Sorcerer’s Stone and was instantly intrigued by its cover: a small boy on a broom, trying to catch a tiny golden ball with wings. I got a copy and was hooked. Fast forward to 2019 and I’m obviously still a fan, because I had so much fun watching Potted Potter.

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“Miong” Review: Visually Spectacular with Catchy Songs

There’s a sudden surge of interest in our history. Maybe it was the success of Heneral Luna but we’re beginning to see more stories set during our country’s pivotal moments. And it’s great because we have a rich past filled with fascinating tales and characters. The latest in the entertainment landscape? Repertory PhilippinesMiong, a musical based on the life of Emilio Aguinaldo, the country’s first president. Here’s my Miong review.

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Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! Review: Fun, Lively, and Doo Bidoo

You don’t have to be born in the ‘70s to appreciate Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! You can be born in the ‘80s, the ‘90s, and even the ‘00s and still appreciate the story of the musical, where seven college students join a song-writing and singing contest during the time of Martial Law. The musical is set to the songs of APO Hiking Society, a legendary Filipino band.

It also doesn’t matter that you weren’t born when the band first released its singles. APO’s songs are such a classic that those born in later decades will still recognize them. And what a great repertoire to create a story from.

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PETA’s “Charot” is a Hilarious Satire on Philippine Politics

The current state of Philippine politics is in limbo. Outrageous statements are dropped like bombs, suspicious alliances are formed, and shady dealings are brought into the light. How do we react to it? We answer with laughter, the same way we respond to things that are out of our control. PETA’s Charot takes advantage of this quirk by turning it into a musical and it is entertaining.

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