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Scaling down the sacred into objects of desire
by Exie Abola - April 22, 2013 - 12:00am
There are times during Dulaang UP’s Collection, which closed early in March, that make you believe you are witnessing theatrical perfection. Actually, it’s most of the first act, spanning 80 minutes...
A festive wonder twin with a frigid heart
by Exie Abola - April 1, 2013 - 12:00am
PETA’s D’Wonder Twins of Boac closed earlier this month after a five-week run, and the handful of notices that appeared both in print and online heaped unanimous praise on the production.
Seeing with the eyes of the audience
by Exie Abola - February 25, 2013 - 12:00am
Today I pick up where I left off in an article which came out on Feb. 4: a discussion with Dennis Marasigan, who, aside from being a theater, film, and TV talent, is also well versed in the art (or rather, the science)...
Dennis Marasigan on the science of arts marketing
by Exie Abola - February 4, 2013 - 12:00am
The column I wrote on the problem of sparse theater audiences (“The Case of the Disappearing Audience,” Dec. 24, 2012) provoked some lively discussion on Facebook among some friends and acquaintance...
The case of the disappearing audience
by Exie Abola - December 24, 2012 - 12:00am
Whenever someone tells me that the market for local theater is limited, and then uses this apparent truth to throw up his hands as if to say, well, we’ve done all we can, we can’t do any more, I think...
One good leg
by Exie Abola - December 19, 2012 - 12:00am
My friend Rica and I have this running competition. Whenever we bump into each other, usually in the English Department in Ateneo where we both teach, we launch into a litany of complaints about our lives.
A sort of homecoming
by Exie Abola - December 12, 2012 - 12:00am
Early in December my alma mater holds its annual homecoming, but I don’t usually go. I did last year, though, on the 25th anniversary of the graduation of my high school batch.
Pure love and a wondrous tale
by Exie Abola - November 19, 2012 - 12:00am
The third time’s the charm. Tanghalang Ateneo had staged Sintang Dalisay (Pure Love) twice before, on the Loyola Heights campus in July 2011 and February 2012, the second run improving upon the first. Now,...
The half-life of the stage performer
by Exie Abola - November 5, 2012 - 12:00am
Shows about shows are nothing new. Movies about movies or plays about plays often contrast the world of celluloid or stage with a usually more grim or banal reality.
The view from the juggernaut
by Exie Abola - October 24, 2012 - 12:00am
When the game finally ended, I logged onto Facebook and posted a new status update: “SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE!!!!!” Then I added a comment: “I waited all season to post this status, dammit!” ...
Two for the show
by Exie Abola - April 12, 2010 - 12:00am
The Gawad Buhay! — buhay for performing arts done live onstage — is alive and kicking. On March 26, the Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group, or Philstage, held its 2009 Gawad Buhay! Awards...
The pleasure principle
by Exie Abola - September 20, 2009 - 12:00am
It’s the first semester of another school year, which means I am trying to get my students to read. And just as in previous years, getting them to enjoy reading feels like engaging in something like Mortal...
Excuse me while I pull up my bra
by Exie Abola - September 16, 2009 - 12:00am
This is how it went: I’m sitting in my cubicle with a senior, a girl of 21 years who is two months away from graduation.
When a guy turns 40-something
by Exie Abola - August 26, 2009 - 12:00am
Last year my 40th birthday came and went, and just a few weeks ago my 41st birthday whizzed past, too. So far, I am happy to report that I have not gone out and bought a shiny new saxophone or an expensive sports...
The start of something big
by Exie Abola - February 23, 2009 - 12:00am
In May last year I wrote about the Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group, or Philstage, and its effort to become the first awards-giving body focused solely on the performing arts.
Curtain calls
by Exie Abola - January 26, 2009 - 12:00am
Finally: here is a belated list of what I thought was the best of the 2008 theater season.
Speaking to children and grownups
by Exie Abola - October 13, 2008 - 12:00am
If there’s a successful formula for staging plays for children that don’t talk down to them, that are accessible to the young but that speak to grownups too, the Philippine Educational Theater Association...
O blessed boredom
by Exie Abola - May 21, 2008 - 12:00am
A  friend whom I’ll call Lynn just came back from the beach a few weeks ago and wrote in her blog that, far from being refreshed by the weekend of sun and spray, she was driven to a fit of anxiety. The...
To be worthy of great writers
by Exie Abola - May 19, 2008 - 12:00am
Preying on ignorance
by Exie Abola - May 12, 2008 - 12:00am
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