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February 23, 2012

‘Magno Rubio’ in LA theater awards

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 “THE ROMANCE of Magno Rubio” examines the lives of homesick Filipino migrant workers in 1930s California. photo: Hydee Ursolino Abrahan


LOS ANGELES – “The Romance of Magno Rubio,” a revival of Lonnie Carter’s stage adaptation of Carlos Bulosan’s seminal short story at [Inside] the Ford in Hollywood last November, earned five nominations in the LA Weekly Theater Awards.

The play on a group of homesick Filipino migrant workers in 1930s California garnered nods for direction (Bernardo Bernardo), ensemble, lead male performance (Jon Jon Briones), choreography (Peter De Guzman) and fight choreography (Felix Roiles). The multiple nominations was a first in the Ford’s history.
Executive producer Ted Benito of PAE Live!, which staged the play in alternating English and Tagalog performances for the first time, said, “Just to be nominated is a big deal because out of the hundreds of theater productions that open every year, ‘Romance’ was among only 54 productions that were nominated.”
The LA Weekly Theater Awards, which honors the best work in small stages, is on its 33rd year. Voted on by the publication’s theater critics, the awards will be presented in a Greek style bash on April 2 at the Avalon in Hollywood.

(E-mail the columnist at rvnepales_5585@yahoo.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/nepalesruben.)

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