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

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For anyone who wants some painless lessons in Shakespeare and some good laughs, catch "Shakespeare in Hollywood," the latest offering of Repertory Philippines 2011 Season.

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. It also involves that famous flower that makes the first person you see upon awaking fall immediately in love with you.

Jaime Del Mundo, who is directing, has assembled a classy cast of movieland characters who are all in sync with the fast, furious pace and comedic timing of "Shakespeare in Hollywood."

Hans Eckstein takes the lead as the "real" Oberon. Red Concepcion plays Puck like a British punk star. Robie Zialcita is Max Reinhardt; Arnel Carrion is Jack Warner.

Caisa Borromeo plays the new young actress from the midwest, Olivia; Cris Villonco plays Lydia like a true Hollywood blonde bimbo.

"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 p.m. and matinee shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 p.m.  All performances are at Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati City.

The artistic and creative team of "Shakespeare in Hollywood" 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).

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

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