My love of theater started with Repertory Philippines a good fifteen (or so years ago). It was with a little play called “Noises Off” which that old movie with Christopher Reeve, Carol Burnett, Mark-Lynn baker was based. An evening in the theater turned into a lifetime fascination with the stage.
Fifteen (or so) years later, Repertory Philippines is still one of the bastions of Philippine Theater ushering in its 76th season with an excellent selection of English straight plays and musicals. Marking it’s 45th year of bringing English theater to these shores, there’s something for everyone in the next season’s plays.
First up is Boeing Boeing to be directed by Miguel Faustman. This marks stage and screen veteran, Michael de Mesa’s first appearance in a Rep play. The story is about a man who uses flight timetables to meticulously manage the schedules of his girlfriends. His girlfriends are all flight attendants on different international airlines and routes thereby guaranteeing they will never run into each other. Flights get delayed, Flights get cancelled and chaos ensues…
No Way To Treat A Lady is a musical black comedy about two men with domineering mothers. One of the men is a serial killer who only kills women who look like his mother. All the victims will played by the same actress (who also plays his mom). Audie Gemora, Michael Williams, Carla Guevarra, Pinky Marquez and Sheila Francisco are featured in this muscial.
Rounding out the regular season is the return of Cherie Gil to the Rep Stage. The Graduate, based on the movie that made Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft iconic
Repertory Children’s Theater, making the transition to Repertory Theater For Young Audiences will be bringing back Alice In Wonderland this season.
The major production for the 76th season will be Mel Brooks’ The Producers. The story of a broadway producer whose idea of raking in case is to produce the worst play ever performed in a theater. Things don’t go exactly according to plan.