Saturday, March 26, 2011

Repertory Philippines' "Shakespeare in Hollywood" (April 1-17, 2011)

Repertory Philippines presents another comedy, Shakespeare in Hollywood this April 2011. Winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play (2004), Shakespeare in Hollywood is Ken Ludwig's comedy tale set in 1930’s Hollywood about the making of the Warner Brothers 1935 movie version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream but is served with a twist.

The “real” Oberon and Puck from Shakespeare’s day have taken a wrong turn in their time travel and have landed right on the sound stage of a Burbank lot, just before shooting begins. As luck would have it, Victor Jory, who was to play Oberon, walks off the picture and Mickey Rooney, who is to play Puck, has broken his leg. Max Reinhardt is ecstatic to have two wonderful, real Shakespearean actors. What follows is a farce that involves the likes of Will Hayes, Joe E. Brown, Jimmy Cagney, Dick Powell, Louella Parsons, Olivia De Havilland, the bimbo Lydia and the Warner brothers. It also involves that famous flower that makes the first person you see upon awaking fall immediately in love with you. 

Hans Eckstein (Oberon), Red Concepcion (Puck), Robie Zialcita (Max Reinhardt), Arnel Carrion (Jack Warne), Caisa Borromeo (Olivia),  Cris Villonco (Lydia), Miguel Faustmann (Will Hayes), Joy Virata (Louella Parsons), Reuben Uy (Dick Powell), Topper Fabregas (Daryl), Rem Zamora (Cagney), Nic Campos (Joe E. Brown) & Oliver Usison (Sam Warner).

Jaime Del Mundo who is directing this play has assembled a classy cast of movieland characters who are all in sync with the fast, furious pace and comedic timing. Co-presented by Enderun and the City of Makati, Shakespeare in Hollywood is a must-see farce full of slapstick-style humor with ludicrous puns, hackneyed jokes and pure pandemonium.

The rollicking production plays through April 1-17, 2011 with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm. and matinee shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 pm. All performances are at Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati City. Shakespeare in Hollywood is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Limited.

The artistic and creative team of this play is led by Baby Barredo (Artistic Director), Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Associate Artistic Director), Jaime del Mundo (Director), John Batalla (Lighting Designer), Lex Marcos (Set Designer), TJ Ramos (Sound Designer) and Raven Ong (Costume Designer).

Production staff is composed of Gidget Tolentino (Production Manager), Ayam Barredo (Company Manager), Jojo Amboy (Stage Manager), Pol Roxas (Sound Technician), Pablito Salvador (Lighting Technician) and Adul Lasin (Set Execution and Scenic Artist).

The marketing, sales and publicity of the play is led by Toots Tolentino (PR & Publicity) with Rem Zamora, Ayam Barredo and Oliver Usison (PR & Publicity, Marketing), Marie Talay and Rose Silva (Marketing & Sales) and Jeff Arcilla (Photography).

For tickets, inquiries and other information, call Repertory Philippines at (632) 571-6926 and (632) 571-4941 or email Tickets are also available at Ticketworld at (632) 891-9999 or

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