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Will streaming be theater's death or its savior?

Jun 27, 2020 - 5:19 PM

With 75% of British theaters saying they may not survive the year, many are questioning how good streaming stage shows online can be for the theater's unstable financial health

Hollywood poised for big screen gamble as theaters reopen

Jun 21, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Russell Crowe's movie 'Unhinged' and Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet' are set to open in US theaters this July

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 12, 2020 a woman walks past the El Capitan Theater which is closed due to the Covid-19 virus, on Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, California. - After more than three months of coronavirus-mandated limbo, Hollywood is headed back to the big screen -- and hoping that Russell Crowe's road rage thriller "Unhinged" will jump-start the recovery. The action film, due out July 10, is set to be the first wide release since US theaters shut their doors in mid-March. Christopher Nolan's much-hyped "Tenet" will follow soon after. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)

Will the coronavirus kill Philippine theater?

Jun 06, 2020 - 12:04 PM

Theater artists face a tough season as the pandemic rules out mass gatherings, but as the nation itself goes through this difficult chapter, Filipino thespians say the art of storytelling will flourish in adversity

Rappler Talk: Theater artist Jenny Jamora on drama and storytelling in a pandemic

May 07, 2020 - 2:04 PM

In a world of isolation and physical distancing amid fears of a deadly virus, how are Filipino theater artists faring, and how will the industry survive this pandemic?

Life under lockdown: Pineapple Lab Part 2

Apr 26, 2020 - 6:00 PM

In part 2 of our conversation with Pineapple Lab co-founders Andrei Pamintuan and Jodinand "Jodee" Villaflores Aguillon, we talk about, collaboration, and where they find hope

Life under lockdown: Pineapple Lab Part 1

Apr 25, 2020 - 8:00 PM

As the lockdown in Metro Manila is extended once more, we converse with artists and Pineapple Lab co-founders Andrei Pamintuan and Jodinand "Jodee" Villaflores Aguillon

Metal band Dream Theater to perform in Manila

Feb 04, 2020 - 12:47 PM

The progressive metal band is bringing their ‘The Distance Over Time World Tour 2020’ to the Philippines in April 2020

Netflix makes deal to keep New York's Paris theater open

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:46 AM

One of New York's oldest single screen movie theaters is reopening to house Netflix special events and screenings

For theaters, rise of streaming is a movie they've seen before

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Many in the theater industry don't see streaming as anymore of a game-changer than other home-based offerings were in their heyday

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 22, 2012 a worker swaps out the billboard marking the opening of "The Hunger Games" on March 22, 2012 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. - In the popular conscience, movie theaters are sometimes lumped in with department stores and newspapers as examples of traditional businesses that have struggled in the Internet era. But while many single-screen venues have shut down as multiplexes have been built, the numbers overall do not show a dying industry. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP)

Rachelle Ann Go is returning as Fantine in 'Les Miserables' West End run

Sep 16, 2019 - 5:34 PM

'Les Miserables' is scheduled to open on December 18 at the Sondheim Theatre

Shakespeare’s Rose Theater cancels Manila run

Sep 13, 2019 - 9:45 AM

The award-winning theater company was originally set to stage 'Macbeth' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in Manila

NOT PROCEEDING. Shakespeare's Rose Theater, seen here staging 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' will no longer be staging the play in Manila. Photo by Charlotte Graham courtesy of Shakespeare's Rose Theater

Chinese shadow theater fights against dying of the light

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:49 PM

The legends of the past are the bedrock of China's shadow theatre – a tradition still popular in the countryside, though it has lost much ground in large cities over the last few decades

In this picture taken on May 9, 2019, Jin Xinchun, a member of the Flying Dragon Troupe, creates a shadow puppet at the troupe's studio on the outskirts of Beijing. Shadow puppets flitting across screens and reliving age old stories have fascinated Chinese people for some 2,000 years, but falling audiences mean troupes are having to be creative to stay on the stage. NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP

Kahit na sinag: 'The Kundiman Party' in these interesting times

Jun 04, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Floy Quintos’ play is, at its heart, a story about art

SING, REMEMBER, RESIST. Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino and Boo Gabunada take the stage in 'The Kundiman Party.' Photo from The Kundiman Party at the PETA Theater Facebook page

Why musical performances are not 'escapes'

May 26, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The science and art of the power of music to help us become better human beings are solid and irrefutable

Call for participants: 'Soul-Searching, Tribe-Building' theater workshop

Apr 29, 2019 - 2:55 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Langgam Performance Troupe offers theater workshop to facilitate exploration of unique creative identity, and its application in a larger group dynamic

Photo courtesy Langgam Performance Troupe

‘Madagascar: A Musical Adventure’ is headed to the stage

Mar 30, 2019 - 6:58 PM

The musical will be produced by Atlantis Theatrical’s new division, Atlantis Imaginarium Young Theater

A MUSICAL ADVENTURE. Hit Dreamworks film 'Madagascar' is hitting the stage. Image from

Shakespeare’s Rose Theater brings ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to Manila

Mar 27, 2019 - 2:01 PM

From Elizabethan England to modern-day Manila

FOUR LOVERS. Shakespeare's Rose Theater stages 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' a comedy that follows 4 lovers lost in a forest. Photo courtesy of Shakespeare's Rose Theater Company

For Ana Valdes-Lim, theater is a form of healing

Mar 26, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The Juilliard-trained actress and artistic director of METTA talks about the joy of teaching theater to a new batch of budding thespians

PETA Theater to host a week of improv goodness

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Manila Improv Festival will be the premier event of its kind in Asia

It may be funny, but PETA's 'Charot!' does not take charter change lightly

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The theater company's upcoming play is a clever, thoughtful discussion on federalism and voting

SERIOUS COMEDY. The team behind PETA's upcoming play says 'Charot!'. The comedy-musical is a discourse on federalism, written for a younger audience. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

'Potted Potter' flies to Manila again

Jan 20, 2019 - 7:12 PM

Wizards, witches, and muggles are all welcome to catch the famous Harry Potter parody stage play during its fourth visit to Manila

French required to strip to watch 'nudist drama' on stage

Jan 11, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Would you dare to bare? The 'nudist' stage play in Paris insists that theatergoers 'bare it all' for the one-night-only showing

Lacson: Arroyo allies' districts get big 'pork' in 2019 budget | Midday wRap

Dec 10, 2018 - 12:27 PM

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LOOK: Fire hits landmark art deco building in Baguio

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:51 PM

The Pines Arcade, formerly the Pines Theater, houses garments stalls, gadget shops, and a food court

BLAZE. Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the fire that hit the Pines Arcade in Baguio on November 5, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

What to expect from the Repertory Philippines stage in 2019

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Its 82nd season has 4 top-notch stage productions in store for theater-loving friends and families

New theater comedy dramatizes Brexit break-ups

Oct 07, 2018 - 7:00 AM

The play is sparked by what the Brexit-backing writers feel is a social outcasting of Leave voters by more vocal, self-righteous Remainers – particularly in the fervently pro-EU London artsy circles

DRAMA. An undated handout picture released by the Union Theatre on October 5, 2018 shows actors during a rehearsal for the play 'People Like Us' by columnist Julie Burchill and novelist Jane Robins. Photo by Paul Nicholas Dyke/UNION THEATRE/AFP

PETA theater goes political for its 51st season

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The Stage of the Nation campaign bridges art and politics

‘Ang Paglilitis Kay Mang Serapio:’ Don’t wear white

Sep 07, 2018 - 4:33 PM

Directed by Juan Ekis, the 50th anniversary staging of the play is a claustrophobia-inducing, ultra-violent look at systemic injustice

ANG PAGLILITIS KAY MANG SERAPIO. Paul Dumol's 1968 masterpiece is staged at The Ruins in Poblacion. Screenshot from

Sipat Lawin Ensemble launches 2018 season with two new works

Jul 10, 2018 - 12:29 PM

Ticket prices for the company's shows this season are up to the audience

SIPAT LAWIN ENSEMBLE. The contemporary theater group returns for a 2018 season. Photo from

IISA: Danao, Dancel, and Dumas take on a bigger stage

Jun 11, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Johnoy Danao, Ebe Dancel, and Bullet Dumas play another concert at a jampacked KIA Theater

3D. Johnoy Danao, Ebe Dancel, and Bullet Dumas return for another concert on a bigger stage this time. All photos by Rob Reyes/Rappler

The week in photos: May 19-25, 2018

May 26, 2018 - 2:59 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

In this photograph taken on May 21, 2018 an internally displaced Afghan child looks on from a windows in her temporary home at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Herat. / AFP PHOTO / HOSHANG HASHIMI

Ang Wakas ng 'Sa Wakas': The Pinoy rock musical kicks off its final run

Apr 09, 2018 - 8:37 PM

The well-loved play is seeing the stage for the last time

SA WAKAS. The feels-fest returns to the stage. Photo from

WATCH: Rachelle Ann Go performs with 'Hamilton' cast at Olivier Awards

Apr 09, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Rachelle joins the UK cast for a performance of 'Alexander Hamilton' at the Royal Albert Hall

Veteran actor Bernardo Bernardo dies

Mar 08, 2018 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) Memorial services begin on Sunday, March 11, at St Peter's Chapel in Quezon City

WATCH: 20 Questions with Eugene Domingo

Feb 14, 2018 - 9:37 PM

The 'Night Mother' actress talks about theater, her love life, and what she thinks of when she heard the word, 'hope'

EUGENE DOMINGO. The actress stars in PETA's production of 'Night Mother.' Rappler Screenshot

6 things you need to know about 'Himala: Isang Musikal'

Jan 22, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The iconic movie that starred Nora Aunor is now a stage play, with Aicelle Santos as its lead

WATCH: This museum shows the horrors of being a woman

Nov 25, 2017 - 10:28 PM

This 'experiential museum' hopes to make its visitors reflect on what they can do as individuals to fight violence against women (VAW)

LOOK: Hollywood honors diva Mariah Carey

Nov 02, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The iconic singer immortalizes her hand and footprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theater

Mexican actor says Kevin Spacey guilty of 'lots more' harassment

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos, who acted in several plays at London's Old Vic theater when Spacey was artistic director there, says the Hollywood star routinely preyed on young male actors

MORE ACCUSATIONS COMING? This file photo taken on February 23, 2016 shows actor Kevin Spacey arriving for the season 4 premiere screening of the Netflix show 'House of Cards' in Washington, DC. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

'JogjaROCKarta' #1: Dream Theater sukses bawa penggemar kembali ke era 90an

Sep 30, 2017 - 4:33 PM

Gubernur Jawa Tengah Ganjar Pranowo terlihat ikut menonton konser

SUKSES. Basis Dream Theater John Petrucci sukses memukau penonton ketika membetot dawai bass nya. Foto oleh Rajawali Indonesia

LIVE UPDATES: Dari gelaran 'JogjaROCKarta'

Sep 29, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Selama 2 hari, penikmat musik rock di Tanah Air akan dimanjakan oleh sederet penampil dari dalam negeri dan tentunya grup rock legendaris Dream Theater

'JOGJAROCKARTA'. Selama dua hari, penikmati musik rock akan dimanjakan dengan suguhan penampilan musisi rock ternama Indonesia dan pastinya Dream Theater. Foto dari akun Twitter @RajawaliIndo

Alasan promotor memindahkan kembali venue 'JogjaROCKarta'

Sep 29, 2017 - 12:16 AM

Meski hingga H-3 Rajawali Indonesia mengantungi dua izin pertunjukan, venue dialihkan demi menghindari polemik di mata dunia

'JOGJAROCKARTA'. Sebagian musisi lokal yang akan tampil di gelaran 'JogjaROCKarta' diapit pihak penyelenggara. Foto oleh Dyah A. Pitaloka/Rappler

5 hal tentang Dream Theater

Sep 28, 2017 - 10:47 AM

Dream Theater adalah sedikit dari band yang anggotanya adalah musisi-musisi dengan skill bermusik jauh di atas rata-rata

DREAM THEATER. Salah satu yang jadi keunggulan Dream Theater adalah skill bermusik masing-masing personel yang luar biasa. Foto dari akun Twitter @dreamtheaternet

Konser 'JogjaROCKarta' pindah venue lagi

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Jika sebelumnya sudah disepakati akan digelar di Candi Prambanan, kini gelaran 'JogjaROCKarta' dipindah lagi ke venue awal, Stadion Kridosono

PINDAH VENUE. Setelah dipastikan tampil di Candi Prambanan, Rajawali Indonesia kembali memindahkan venue 'JOgjaROCKarta' ke Stadion Kridosono. Foto dari akun Twitter @RajawaliIndo

'Buwan at Baril' returns onstage at PETA Theater Center

Sep 24, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The Freedom from Debt Coalition and Sugid Productions announce a rerun of the play by Chris Millado

On the 45th Martial Law anniversary, SPIT Manila talks about the value of presence

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:39 PM

In a world saturated with outspoken keyboard activists, these artists are keeping the true spirit of protest alive

Iconic Martial Law play revived to counter historical revisionism

Sep 04, 2017 - 1:06 PM

Pagsambang Bayan which originally ran in 1977 is revived into a musical to educate today s youth about Martial Law

Theater can 'draw out the creative power of ordinary folk' – Magsaysay Awardee PETA

Sep 01, 2017 - 11:00 AM

For 50 years the Philippine Educational Theater Association s actors have brought the stories of the people they meet to life on stage so their voices can be heard

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

‘Hatred and divisiveness will not be the ethos of our time’ – Robredo

Aug 31, 2017 - 8:37 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the stories of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay awardees give hope that good will one day trump evil

HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers the keynote speech during the presentation ceremonies for the recipients of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers the keynote speech during the presentation ceremonies for the recipients of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers the keynote speech during the presentation ceremonies for the recipients of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Theater for change: 10 of PETA’s best plays

Aug 31, 2017 - 12:35 PM

The organization has upheld a 50 year old tradition of telling stories that matter

RAK OF AEGIS. The play celebrates Pinoy pop culture by paying tribute to Filipino rock band, Aegis. Photo courtesy of PETA