The Ateneo Entablado restages ANG BIRHENG MATIMTIMAN

In 1518, Niccolo Machiavelli wrote LA MANDRAGOLA, a satirical comedy set in the early 16th century. In 2006, Jerry Respeto translated and adapted LA MANDRAGOLA into ANG BIRHENG MATIMTIMAN, a play set in 1901, shortly after the Philippine-American War.

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ANG BIRHENG MATIMTIMAN harks to the Tagalog adage: “Walang matimtimang birhen sa matiyagang manalangin,” and in the rural town of Laguna de Bai, where Catholic rituals and traditions have become part of the daily life, and Spanish friars remain at large, Clarita Matimtiman’s story takes centre stage as she comes into contact with a corrupt friar, a wily trickster, a dutiful but dim-witted servant, devotees of the Virgin Mary, and a wealthy bohemian, in this quiet city, a story of frailocracy, hypocrisy, and infidelity unfolds.

This is the fourth and final play of the Ateneo ENTABLADO’s (ENtertaynment para sa Tao, Bayan, LAnsangan at DiyOs) 33rd season: “Makita Kang Sakdal Laya”, a season centred on an advocacy of good governance and engaged citizenship.

ANG BIRHENG MATIMTIMAN runs on March 1 to 5, and 8 to 12 at 7:00 p.m.; and on March 5 and 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rizal Mini Theatre, Faber Hall, Ateneo de Manila University. For tickets and inquiries, reach us at facebook.com/ateneo.entablado, or contact Mich Pama at 0917 701 1753.

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Teatro Kaligatan’s PERATEDES looks at death, resentment and family

Teatro Kaligatan Foundation, Incorporated brings back to the stage one of 2015’s top plays – PERATEDES, Victorio Concepcion’s Filipino adaptation of Spanish dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca’s play THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA.

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PERATEDES plays at the AFP Theater Function Hall, AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on the first two weekends of March – specifically, March 5, 6, 12 and 13 with shows at 2PM and 6PM on all dates.

In its Filipino adaptation, “Peratedes,” the prodigal son of the family Peratedes, an upper-middle-class family, Erik, returns for the wake of his youngest brother, Alfredo. The death, in which, he was responsible for as blamed by Dolores, the matriarch of their family. Due to the hate and resentment of the family, he runs away from home and tries to leave behind the people that he once called family. Over time, the absence of the youngest son becomes the strong force that pulls the family secrets into the open. And one by one, the family begins to realize how difficult it is to understand what a family should do and what each of them have to contribute to their own sufferings.

Back onstage, theater veterans Mosang (Dolores), May Bayot (Salve) and Neil Tolentino (Balthazar) will be joined by Pau Benitez (Lana), KL Dizon, Coleen Perez and Che Talavera (Diana), Chic San Agustin and Natasha Cabrera (Carla), Harry David and Fort Sarmiento (Erik), Fatima Cadiz (Josefina) and Ronah Rostata (Erlinda) together with Nel Estuya, Jackie Milleza, Nel Gumalog, Espie Salvador, and Ren Medina (Testigos).

PERATEDES is under the direction of Ricardo Magno.

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For tickets, call or text Nel Gumalog (+639153076167) or JC Salud (+639985377579).