A Pinoy Midsummer – A Review

As the sounds of the Kulintang pierce the darkness over the stage, I knew I was in for something new. Bindlestiff Studio and San Francisco State University’s Theatre Arts Department production of Lorna Velasco’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, entitled, A PINOY MIDSUMMER was that new, fresh, exciting, cerebral, visceral, inspiring and…

Kind Words of Strangers

“Seeing her departed mother as the superheroine MamaSiHero (written by Conrad A. Panganiban), a grieving writer (Aimee Algas Alker) breaks her writer’s block and gives her mother the gift of comic book afterlife.” via A-Squared Theatre Workshop's My Asian Mom – Gapers Block A/C | Chicago. Think I might steal borrow this logline for MamaSiHero….

The Avengers – Review

I started this blog to be focused on Theatre and my exploration into this new frontier as a playwright. But, this being a journey, I have pleasantly found that at the core of why I want to be a writer, is because I LOVE STORIES and I want to learn how to tell stories the…

Titus Andronicus – Review kinda

Okay, just to get things straight, the “reviews” on this site about plays I’ve seen aren’t really reviews, because that’s what Google is for. I totally don’t mean that in a dick way, though. I just didn’t want you to read this post and think, “well, that was a crappy review.” My definition of review…

Block By Block

Production: Block by Block Artists: Campo Santo with Felonius and special writings by Junot Diaz Theater: De Young Museum City: San Francisco, CA Date and Time Seen: 11/19/2011 7pm Strong piece of Performance Art: Hip hop theatre at it’s finest celebrating a great city. I had no idea what to expect from watching this show….

What My Husband Doesn’t Know

Production: What My Husband Doesn’t Know Playwright: David E. Talbert Theater: Paramount Theater City: Oakland, CA Date and Time Seen: 11/19/2011 3pm I FINALLY got to see a live David E. Talbert stage play! So exciting. Synopsis: Play opens inside the Pastor’s office where Lina (Michelle Williams) makes a confession to the Pastor that she…

Midnight in Paris

Where to begin. Well, being that this blog is to chronicle my development as a writer, I would think that critical lessons should apply, rather than a gushy review that I Loved It! One of the writing lessons I’ve learned was that it’s always better to have the protagonist discover what they really really want…

Finding my voice

So I spent the better part of the morning reading a couple of plays which was very badly needed because I’ve been stressing over the play that I have to write. It also taught me a couple of valuable lessons: If you’re play is a period piece, try to learn the language of that time…

Best of Playground Festival

Yeee! I won a book! Must be a sign… Review: You wanna refill – dive into action at restaurant – figure out what’s happening – good use of one location and switching of the scenes right after the previous one has ended. – background singing of “the hills are alive” was funny Repunzel: – good…

Born and Raised, Berkeley Playhouse

7:21pm So, I’m looking at the program and noticed that it says, “A New Work in Development.” that’s pretty cool. I mean for a show to be produced but kinda still feel lime it has a safety net of the word “development”. It’s funny, cuz I forgot that I had bought tix to this. Glad…