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'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

The Met and PH's historical-cultural corridor

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:00 PM

'We need urban renaissance in Manila,' says architect Gerard Lico

What's The Big Idea? Metropolitan Theater: Reviving an Architectural Icon

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:33 PM

The National Commission of Culture and the Arts has finally bought the Metropolitan Theater and is in the first phase of resurrecting it

PETA, PH's Lilia de Lima among 2017 Ramon Magsaysay awardees

Jul 27, 2017 - 2:40 PM

To also receive Asia s equivalent of the Nobel Prize are Yoshiaki Ishizawa Japan Abdon Nababan Indonesia Gethsie Shanmugam Sri Lanka Tony Tay Singapore

AWARDEES. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation announces the 59th batch of awardees on Thurday, July 27. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hollywood honors Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee

Jul 20, 2017 - 12:09 AM

The creator of Marvel s superheroes is the latest to plunge his hands and feet into cement at Hollywood s TCL Chinese Theater

Comic-book writer, editor, and publisher Stan Lee writes his signature in cement during his hand and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, on July 18, 2017, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON

PETA celebrates 50th year, looks forward to the future

Apr 15, 2017 - 1:33 PM

The Philippine Educational Theater Association remains true to its activist roots

WATCH: 50 years of creative evolution and struggle at PETA

Apr 12, 2017 - 3:44 PM

The two and a half hour concert delivered 17 head spinning heart swelling musical numbers from 540 plays

WATCH: How to educate the youth through arts

Mar 18, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Established in 2012 Tabsing Kolektib aims to educate people through theater

TABSING. Taking estuary as a metaphor, Tabsing Kolektib envisions itself as a meeting place for artists. Photo courtesy of Tabsing Kolektib

Atop Palmyra's damaged theater, Syrian musicians sing of return

Mar 05, 2017 - 8:17 PM

Everyone will rebuild in their own way We want to rebuild it with music and singing teenage musician Angel Dayoub says

SOUND OF MUSIC. Syrian musicians play at the site of the damaged Roman amphitheatre in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria, during a tour organized by the Syrian army for journalists, on March 4, 2017. Syrian troops backed by Russian jets completed the recapture of the historic city of Palmyra from Islamic State (IS) group fighters on March 2, 2017, the Kremlin and the army said. Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

Pluwent: From Atong to theater

Feb 27, 2017 - 11:02 PM

Maralitang Inamorato stages Pluwent at the PGH Science Hall on April 1 2 pm and 6 pm

'Wicked' like you've never seen it before

Jan 15, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Wicked is more than just Defying Gravity Here s more about the production which is coming back to Manila this February

'WICKED.' Jacqueline Hughes plays Elphaba and Carly Anderson plays Glinda in the international cast of 'Wicked.' Photos courtesy of Concertus Manila and Lunchbox Theatrical Productions

Mengenal kembali kekayaan dan keragaman budaya Nusantara di pertunjukan 'Devdan Show'

Dec 22, 2016 - 3:40 PM

Karena Bali tak hanya memiliki pantai dan kuliner tapi juga pertunjukan teater yang memesona

Pertunjukan 'Devdan Show' dibuka oleh penampilan kebudayaan Bali, salah satunya dengan Tari Kecak. Foto oleh Bali Nusa Dua Theatre.

Catch 'Hi-5 Fairytale Live' at Resorts World Manila this month

Dec 11, 2016 - 7:00 AM

The theatrical presentation of the Australian children s program will come to life at the Newport Performing Arts Theater from December 16 to 18

End of era in Cuba as revolutionary Fidel Castro dies

Nov 26, 2016 - 1:36 PM

4th UPDATE Castro s ashes will be buried in the southeastern city of Santiago on December 4 after a four day procession through the country

REVOLUTIONARY. (FILE PHOTO) This file handout picture released by Cuban Agency ACN taken on April 19, 2016 shows Cuban Former President Fidel Castro applauding during the closing ceremony of VII Congress of Cuban Communist Party (PCC) at Convention Palace in Havana. Fidel Castro died on November 26, 2016 according to a statement from the President of Cuba, Raul Castro. AFP/Omara Garcia Mederos

WATCH: The important lesson that smaller roles taught Tom Hanks

Oct 15, 2016 - 11:52 AM

You are part of a whole that is greater than just yourself says Tom Hanks on his experiences working on smaller roles

'SMALL ROLES.' 'Inferno' director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks share what they've learned from working in the limelight and behind-the-scenes. Rappler screengrab

Historic leader Fidel Castro turns 90 in new Cuba

Aug 14, 2016 - 9:35 AM

Castro makes a rare public appearance at a gala organized by a children s theater company

In this image grab from the Cubavision TV station, former Cuban President Fidel Castro (C), Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) and Cuban President Raul Castro (L) are seen attending the celebration of Fidel's 90th birthday at the Karl Marx theatre in Havana on August 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Cubavision / HO / XGTY/ RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE-MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/CUBAVISION" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS-DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-GETTY OUT

From a ‘Hard Knock Life’ to a brighter tomorrow

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:16 PM

The young cast of Resorts World Manila’s production of ‘Annie’ shares their dreams for the future

Secrets of early Shakespeare theater dug up in London

May 20, 2016 - 12:15 PM

The Curtain Theatre staged plays from 1577 to 1625 but has since been lost over time

BIRD CALL. The remains of a theatrical 'Bird Call' is seen on the site of the Curtain Theatre in east London, on 19 May, 2016. Playwright William Shakespeare is believed to have performed at the theater as an actor and may even have staged the first performances of 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Henry V' at the site. The dig is now being carefully excavated and will become the centrepiece of a new development in the Shoreditch area of London. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP Photo

China, Russia rap US missile defense plan in S. Korea

Apr 29, 2016 - 2:30 PM

UPDATED Beijing fears that the presence of more US hardware on its doorstep will further tip the balance of power in the Pacific towards Washington

US MISSILE DEFENSE PLAN. South Korean defense ministry's Director General Major General Jang Kyung-soo shakes hands with US Forces Korea (USFK)'s Major General Robert Hedelund (L) during their working-level talk to discuss the potential deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense battery at the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, March 4, 2016. File photo by Kim Hong-Ji/EPA

UN Security Council strongly condemns N. Korea missile test

Apr 16, 2016 - 9:25 AM

In a unanimous statement the council says it would closely monitor the situation and is ready to take further significant measures against the reclusive state

VIOLATION? A file photo dated October 2010 and made available by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows a 'Musudan' missile displayed during a military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea. According to media reports on April 14, 2016, North Korea has allegedly deployed one, or possibly two, intermediate range Musudan missiles on its east coast for possible launch on April 15 in commemoration of the birthday of the nation's founder Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un. File photo by KCNA/EPA

'3 Stars and a Sun': Dystopian sci-fi told through Francis M songs

Mar 07, 2016 - 6:17 PM

A look at the Philippine Educational Theater Association s 3 Stars and a Sun a musicale set to music by the late rapper Francis Magalona

Paolo Valenciano as Chino, Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Grand Vidame Inky, and Giannina Ocampo as Dianne.