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Journey to the bottom of the world
by Joy G. Virata - January 21, 2018 - 12:00am
Whaaaat? Why?” exclaimed some of my friends when I told them I was going to Antarctica.
Not-so-grim Grimm
by Joy G. Virata - August 1, 2016 - 12:00am
Well, I am shocked whenever I see fairy tales turned into violent, morbid movies. But then, as I said, it’s probably my age.
Repertory Philippines presents ‘Almost, Maine’
by Joy G. Virata - February 21, 2016 - 9:00am
Mythical… sometimes fantastical” are the words that director Bart Guingona uses to describe Repertory Philippines’ new production Almost, Maine.
Comedy tonight
by Joy G. Virata - December 27, 2015 - 9:00am
Determined, as usual, to bring respite into the world of doom and gloom, Repertory Philippines will stage three comedies in its 2016 season, which opens on Jan. 15, 2016.
New faces light up Rep’s Theater for Young Audiences
by Joy G. Virata - August 16, 2015 - 10:00am
First-timers Alana Vicente and Jos Jalbuena play Snow White and the Huntsman/Prince respectively in Rep’s Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which plays at the...
Theater as gym of emotions
by Joy G. Virata - August 11, 2014 - 12:00am
One of my favorite quotes comes from an article on theater for children by Lauren Gunderson who...
Church and stage
by Joy G. Virata - November 12, 2007 - 12:00am
An unlikely answer to Repertory Philippines’ director Baby Barredo’s prayers arrived one afternoon at the Rep rehearsal hall in the substantial form of Ather Tyler Alan Strand, rector of the Episcopal...
Finding Florence
by Joy G. Virata - April 16, 2007 - 12:00am
Tita Joy, this is for you." Said Ariel Reonal handing me the script of Glorious! by Peter Quilter a little over a year ago — having just arrived from a Miss...
Rediscovering Carla
by Joy G. Virata - February 5, 2007 - 12:00am
When Repertory Philippines decided to include Song and Dance in its 70th season, it had a particular actress in mind. Unfortunately the actress was offered a role in a foreign production. Rep had other...
The unending sound of talent
by Joy G. Virata - October 29, 2006 - 12:00am
Manila was recently visited by the Von Trapp chil-dren–the family whose history became the story behind the classic The Sound of Music.  They charmed their audience as Von Trapp children have charmed...
The unending sound of talent
by Joy G. Virata - October 29, 2006 - 12:00am
Manila was recently visited by the Von Trapp chil-dren–the family whose history became the story behind the classic The Sound of Music.  They charmed their audience as Von Trapp children have charmed...
One week of solitude
by Joy G. Virata - August 20, 2006 - 12:00am
I sat at my little desk, in my little nook, in a little wooden cottage, in a little mining town in the American Midwest, pretending to be a writer.
Light — but not easy
by Joy G. Virata - April 17, 2006 - 12:00am
Comedies and musicals! A recently commissioned market survey only confirmed what Rep (and most other theater companies) has known for years. The task of luring evasive audiences away from DVDs, cafes, bars, and...
Senior moments
by Joy G. Virata - March 20, 2006 - 12:00am
Talk about art mirroring life! The first rehearsals for "7 ng Umaga" were almost as hilarious as the play itself… although probably assistant director Marijke Amador would disagree. She was ready to...
So I’m not perfect… I can change
by Joy G. Virata - February 13, 2006 - 12:00am
Never was I so pleased to be proven wrong. I had seen the long running off-Broadway musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change in New York several years ago but was not entirely impressed by it. Granted...
Why do actors act?
by Joy G. Virata - October 17, 2005 - 12:00am
Why do actors act? Why do dancers dance? Why do painters paint? Why do writers write? Recently, in the space of one week, I had separate occasions to consider these questions and reflect on the answers.
Where have all the actor’s gone?
by Joy G. Virata - July 25, 2005 - 12:00am
Iwalked into Rep’s rehearsal hall for a rehearsal of The Emperor’s New Clothes one day and was greeted by my company manager with "We have a complete cast today." I ran to my director’s table...
Rep’s Guinevere finds her real-life Lancelot
by Joy G. Virata - May 15, 2005 - 12:00am
It was perfect timing. The setting sun burst into streaks of orange, yellow and fuchsia from the horizon. A cool breeze leisurely fanned the guests who watched Liza Infante and Paul Robinson take their first kiss...
Rep’s Guinevere finds her real-life Lancelot
by Joy G. Virata - May 15, 2005 - 12:00am
It was perfect timing. The setting sun burst into streaks of orange, yellow and fuchsia from the horizon. A cool breeze leisurely fanned the guests who watched Liza Infante and Paul Robinson take their first kiss...
The first 120 days
by Joy G. Virata - April 11, 2005 - 12:00am
In a TV interview the other night, I was asked "Has it been hard for you since Bibot died?" Involuntarily I gasped "Oh yes!" I say involuntarily because Rep has tried to maintain an everything-is-business-as-usual...
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