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Photo Flash: BIKE WRECK at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, 5/20-6/18 - BroadwayWorld.com

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com
New York, May 25, 2011 -- Filipino actor and Obie Award winner Arthur Acuña shares the stage with Michael Louis Wells and Charlie Hudson in Ensemble Studio Theatre's (EST) repeat of Qui Nguyen's 2007 one act dark comedy play Bike Wreck. The play is part of EST's "Marathon 2011: The 33rd Festival of 1Act Plays - Series A" running from May 20 to June 18 at the EST Theatre on West 52nd Street.

In Bike Wreck, Acuña revisits the role of a Chinese food delivery boy, who gets entangled in violent relationships involving an African-American bike messenger (Hudson) and an arrogant white businessman (Wells), he originated four years ago.

Bike Wreck director John Gould Rubin "excellently paces the action so that it's laugh-out-loud funny one moment, then deadly serious the next. He also gets terrific work out of his trio of actors (Acuña, Wells and Hudson) who all deliver finely nuanced performances," said theater reviewer …

BroadwayWorld.com: Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID Premieres in Manila, 11/18

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com
Manila, Philippines, May 20, 2011 -- Filipino theatergoers should feel extra grateful to Atlantis Productions (Next to Normal, Legally Blonde) for going the extra mile in bringing some of the most recent Broadway shows to the country, and for creating new audiences for contemporary theater.

Young, bold and enterprising Atlantis Productions wraps up its 2011 season with the Asian premiere of Disney's stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid from November 18 to December 11 at the Meralco Theatre. This comes right on the heels of Atlantis Productions' own productions of Broadway's smash musicals Next to Normal, Disney's Aida and In The Heights.

Atlantis Productions' upcoming staging of the Disney franchise will deliver a slew of firsts:
This will be the first international production of Disney's The Little Mermaid in Asia. The show opened on Broadway in 2008 and ran 685 regular performances and 50 preview performances.The producti…

BroadwayWorld.com: Repertory Philippines Defies the Typical Fairy Tale

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com
Manila, Philippines, May 16, 2011 -- Repertory Philippines (Rep), the country's premier English-language theater company, lays off Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and other fairy tale conventions for its children's theater season running from August 13 to December 11 at the Onstage Theatre, Greenbelt 1.

For that season, Rep has picked Tony Award winners Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens' Broadway musical Seussical, which assembles an amalgamation of American writer Theodor Seuss Geisel's whimsical, far-out and unconventional characters from children's books The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham, Yertle the Turtle and other Dr. Seuss books.

Seussical centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge -- not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard a…

On Salvaging SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK

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by Oliver Oliveros
Why do we care to save a disastrous Broadway musical about a classic superhero that most theater insiders think is too problematic and New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley claims is "so grievously broken in every aspect that it's beyond repair"? It's because we saw the professionalism and the hard work the actors put into that show amid the bad press and poorly written material.

We watched the matinee preview performance of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on the same day producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris announced to the cast that its director and co-book writer, Julie Taymor, was leaving the production and its opening date was moved yet again to midsummer to install more script revisions.

We understand why Taymor had to make a graceful exit from the show. Apart from the occasions when actors literally fell into the orchestra pit or got stuck in mid-air, Spider-Man needs a lot of rethinking in the writing department: the "geek chorus…

BroadwayWorld.com: Nikki Gil Tries Her Hand at Another Off-beat Role

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Manila, Philippines, May 5, 2011 -- Nikki Gil, TV personality, actress and recording artist, seems to be fascinated playing off-beat characters in stage musicals. Gil made her theater debut as blonde sorority star Elle Woods last year. And she's set to grace the stage again starring as dancer-for-hire Charity Hope Valentine in 9 Works Theatrical's production of the Broadway musical comedy Sweet Charity in August.

Sweet Charity, which originally starred Gwen Verdon as Charity, premiered on Broadway in 1966. The original Broadway production had featured Cy Coleman's music, Dorothy Fields' lyrics, Neil Simon's book and Bob Fosse's Tony Award-winning choreography. The show was also adapted into a full-length film in 1969, which starred Shirley MacLaine as Charity, and had several remakes on Broadway. Sweet Charity's most recent revival on the Great White Way was in 2005, which had Christina Applegate and Charlotte d'Am…