Repertory Philippines’ “Wait Until Dark” runs Jan. 17 – Feb. 9, 2014!

Repertory Philippines proudly announces the start of its 2014 season with its first challenging production entitled “Wait Until Dark” — a thriller written by Frederick Knott.

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The play that the New York Post deemed “a first rate shocker,” “Wait Until Dark” is a suspense about a blind housewife named Suzy who finds herself terrorized by three strange men. The men search for a doll that has been filled with heroin and little does Suzy know, her husband has mistakenly transported the doll across the Canadian border and into their apartment. Suzy must rely on her instincts, with the help of a neighbor girl and the cover of darkness to outwit the dangerous strangers and protect her life.

To be directed by theater veteran Miguel Faustmann, “Wait Until Dark”’s masterfully constructed thriller with plenty of intrigue and action promises to move the audiences from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene.

The cast of  “Wait Until Dark” consists of several colorful and delightful characters. Joel Trinidad shall take on the lead role of Mike Talman. A professional con man, he has recently been out of jail. He is charming and seems sincere but with a dark side — a good liar with a ruthless streak. As his name implies he is tall at least taller than Suzy. Mike Talman is not his real name. It is a name given to him by Roat for the con. Robbie Guevara shall play the role of Sgt. Carlino. A bit of a thug, he thinks he’s a criminal mastermind. Recently out of jail, Carlino is Mike Talman’s partner, but he’s not as likeable as Mike. He is older, and physically out of shape. He is a follower, not a leader. You get the feeling he does not like what he does, but doesn’t know how to do anything else. Roat has given him this name for the purposes of this con. And he should look good in a hat. Jamie Wilson plays the role of Harry Roat Jr., a very creepy sociopathic con man. He is a ‘loose cannon’ that reacts suddenly, violently and without conscience. He is the ringleader of this con. He lived through the beatnik era and never emerged. He’s only interested in himself and will do anything to further his lust for drugs and money. We know that he is capable of murder. We should be afraid of him but also be surprised by him. He plays himself and two other characters in this play. Liesl Batucan plays the lead role of Suzy Hendrix. Recently blinded in a car accident, Suzy is still adjusting to her blindness. Very likeable, she has an air of innocence, but an inner strength as well. She has a good sense of humor but is not silly. With a strong need for independence, she still relies heavily on her husband Sam. Smart, very trusting of others and a perfectionist, she is small in stature, and physically vulnerable. Sam and Suzy have no children. Arnel Carrion plays the role of Sam Hendrix, Suzy’s husband. He is a friendly, outgoing professional photographer and a former Marine. He is very organized, kindly, trustworthy and almost fatherly toward Suzy.  We trust him immensely. He is very good with Gloria, the neighbor and will act as a go between with her and Suzy. Dani Gana plays the role of Gloria, the upstairs neighbor to Suzy and Sam. Sam has been paying her to help Suzy with chores and shopping. She doesn’t have much experience around adults other than Sam and Suzy. Her father doesn’t live in the house with her mother and her and we get the impression her mother is more interested in men than Gloria. A feisty, independent thinker, she doesn’t like to be told what to do and acts out when she is upset. She really wants Sam to like her and is very strong when put in charge.

Co-presented by the City of Makati, “Wait Until Dark” is both exciting and at times, scary with just the right amount of intrigue and excitement for your thrilling experience. The show runs from January 17 to February 9, 2014.

All performances are at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City.       
The artistic and creative team of  “Wait Until Dark” is led by Baby Barredo (Artistic Director), Miguel Faustmann (Director), Teresa Barrozo (Sound and Music Design), Miguel Faustmann (Set Designer), and John Batalla (Lighting Designer). The production staff is composed of Gidget Tolentino (Production Manager), Gold Soon (Stage Manager), Pol Roxas (Sound Technician), Pablito Salvador (Lighting Technician) and Adul Lasin (Set Execution and Scenic Artist). The marketing, sales and publicity team is led by David Bianco (Marketing Director), Toots Tolentino (PR Director), Oliver Usison (Marketing Assistant),  Marie Talay (Cashier) and Rose Silva (Sales Supervisor), John Alaras (Design Director), Jojo Mamangun (Photographer), and Lightshapers/ Repertory Philippines (Video Production).

To accommodate all inquiries, Repertory Philippines is now accepting reservations for schools, civic groups and corporate sponsorships. Tickets are available through Ticketworld at 891-9999, or via http://www.ticketworld.com.ph/ “Wait Until Dark” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Repertory Philippines’ “No Way To Treat a Lady” runs at Onstage 2 , Greenbelt this March 2013!

Repertory Philippines proudly announces its second offering for the year 2013 with “ No Way To Treat A Lady ” — a musical comedy thriller with book, music and lyrics written by award-winning author/composer Douglas J. Cohen.

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Directed by Audie Gemora, “ No Way to Treat a Lady ” is a dark, energetic and funny musical about good boys, bad boys, and the women who shape their lives focusing on themes like betrayal, death, friendship, Jewish/Yiddish issues, love, parenting / family. The musical was based on the 1964 novel of the same name by William Goldman which was made into a motion picture in 1968.

The dynamic cast of five ( portraying seventeen characters ! ) features Audie Gemora as Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill; Joel Trinidad as Morris Brummel; Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Sarah Stone; Sheila Francisco as Flora Brummel;  Pinky Marquez as Alexandra Gill; and Jamie Wilson as Christopher Gill (Stand In).

Set in summer 1970’s New York City,  “ No Way to Treat a Lady ” tells the story of Christopher “Kit” Gill (Audie Gemora), an unsuccessful actor turned serial killer —-  a maniac with mommy issues who is on a rampage, and the NYPD detective on his trail, Morris “Moe” Brummell (Joel Trinidad).  Brummell is a Jewish bachelor, who still lives with his overbearing mother, in the shadow of his successful brother, the doctor. The detective leads a rather unexceptional existence, and yearns for a way to make a name for himself.  His goal is shared by an unlikely person, a serial killer seeking notoriety and attention from the police, the press and the city at large. The killer phones Moe one day and the two begin a taunting game of cat and mouse that results in a strange dependence on one another. Moe’s plan to track and eventually trap the killer is temporarily waylaid when he meets a beautiful, rich society girl who lives in the apartment building of the first victim. Woven into the main story of cop vs. killer are two subplots —- what made Kit a killer and Moe’s relationship with his mother and his new girlfriend.

The schedule of shows are: March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2013 – 8:00 PM; March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24, 2013 – 3:30 PM. All performances are at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City.

Co-presented by the City of Makati, the artistic team of “No Way To Treat a Lady” is composed of Baby Barredo (Artistic Director); Audie Gemora (Director); Liesl Batucan (Assistant Director); Dingdong Fiel (Musical Director); Mio Infante (Set Designer); Raven Ong (Costume Designer) and John Batalla (Lighting Designer). “No Way To Treat a Lady” is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd. Inc.

For details of show, please call 5716926 or 5714941 or email [email protected] or log on to www.repertory.ph. Tickets are also available through Ticketworld at 8919999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph. Visit

Repertory Philippines bares 2013 line-up!

Often called the “most professional English-speaking theater company in the country,” Repertory Philippines is the only company in the Philippines that has been doing what it knows best—performing shows of wholesome, quality entertainment—so that Philippine audiences can enjoy the pleasures and gain the lessons uniquely offered by the theater experience.

The heart of the program of Repertory Philippines is its season of plays, staged from January to April running every weekend of the year except for the months of May, June, and July.  Each season features four plays with genres ranging from musical, comedy, drama or classic. A children’s play is also featured in a theater season.

Since 1967- 2012, Repertory Philippines has produced well-known shows as Les Miserables, A Chorus Line, Carousel, West Side Story, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler On The Roof, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music, Evita, Woman in Black, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Equus, Private Lives, Amadeus, Man of La Mancha, Jekyll and Hyde and more than 300 other plays.  The works of Shakespeare are also a regular part of Repertory Philippines’ program.  Some productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, and Romeo and Juliet.  For young audiences, the very popular REP Children’s Theater has produced musicals such as Pinocchio, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin (Jr.), Jack and the Beanstalk, Seussical and The Wizard Of Oz.

In celebration of the 46th year of Repertory Philippines, the year 2013 proudly marks the 76th theater season with an exciting line-up of shows that will surely be one of the best theater treats everyone will experience like no other.

Herewith is a summary of the productions:
 

BOEING BOEING
By Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans
Playdates: January 25, 26 ; February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16, 2013 – 8:00PM
January 26, 27 ; February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2013 – 3:30PM

The classic ’60s sex comedy hit of errors that won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Bernard, a playboy juggles three fiancées, all flight attendants, with careful planning and the reluctant assistance of his housekeeper. But weather delays and the invention of a faster Boeing jet send his elaborate love life into chaos.

Starring Michael de Mesa (a Repertory debut) and Michael Williams.  Directed by Miguel Faustmann.

 
NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY
Book, Music and Lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen
Based on the novel by William Goldman
Playdates: March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2013 – 8:00PM
March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24, 2013 – 3:30PM

A devilish blend of humor, romance, and murder in a theatrically charged musical comedy thriller based on a bestselling novel and renowned movie. With a Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting, a Richard Rodgers grant, and a nomination for Best Revival by the New York Outer Critics Circle.

Starring Michael Williams and Carla Guevara-Laforteza.
Directed by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo.


THE GRADUATE
Adapted for the stage by Terry Johnson
Based on the novel by Charles Webb and the Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry
Playdates: April 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2013 – 8:00PM
April 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2013 – 3:30PM

From a hallmark cult movie to a comedy smash hit on Broadway and the West End, THE GRADUATE tells the story of an innocent and directionless college graduate who is seduced by an older woman while he falls in love with her daughter.

Starring Cherie Gil, Reb Atadero and Cara Barredo.
Directed by Jaime del Mundo.

(THE GRADUATE is strictly for Adults 18 years old and above)

ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Book by Jim Eiler
Music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy
Lyrics by Jim Eiler
Adaptation by  Jim Eiler
Adapted from the book by Lewis Carroll
Playdates: August 17 – December 15, 2013

This is Alice’s incredible journey into a world unlike her own where she meets the most surprising set of wild characters. With music, mayhem, and interactive play, Repertory’s Children’s Theater continues its mission to leave its audiences with a sense of wonder and a love for stage with Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy’s musical, Alice in Wonderland.

Directed by Joy Virata.

THE PRODUCERS
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Playdates: November 15 – December 15, 2013

As a big Broadway musical, The Producers once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. This classic cult comedy broke all records and won a record 12 Tony Awards – including Best Musical –  more than any other musical ever !

Directed by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Jaime del Mundo.

For Rep 2013 Season tickets and details of each show,  please call 5716926 or 5714941 or email [email protected] or log on to www.repertory.ph. To accommodate all inquiries, Repertory Philippines is now  accepting reservations for corporate sponsorships, schools and civic groups. Visit www.repertory.ph, subscribe to youtube.com/repertoryphils, and “like” Repertory Philippines on Facebook. See you at the theater!

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