The Game’s Afoot – Comedy Mystery Play Sets Repertory’s 79th Season For The Young Ones And Young At Hearts

Posted on Jan 17 2016 - 9:22am by Lanie

Repertory Philippines, the country’s premier producer of thought-provoking and entertaining straight plays and musicals, will be highlighting its 79th year with five plays that will intrigue, inspire, captivate, and bring out the inner child of every viewer.

Last January 15, the first play of the season The Game’s Afoot by famous playwright Ken Ludwig had its press screening at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt One, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.


“The Game’s Afoot opened Repertory Philippines’ 2016 season with a bang. The audience witnessed great acting by the entire cast and a 1930’s setting meticulously arranged by the production team. This comic thriller successfully engaged the audience in unlocking the mysteries from beginning to end. Everyone in the theater had their own wild guesses on who was behind the mysterious deaths.

This excellent stage production affirmed my new year’s resolution to watch more live theater plays and eventually make live theater part of our family’s learning and bonding moments.”

As written by Nanay’s Trip who had a wonderful time watching the show with her husband. She said that it was a great advanced anniversary and Valentine’s Date for the two of them.



From January 15 to February 7, Repertory is staging The Game’s Afoot, a comedic play by Ken Ludwig set in the 1930’s. The story follows William Gillette, a Broadway star known for his portrayal of detective Sherlock Holmes, both in the play and in real life. In The Game’s Afoot, he invites his castmates to his castle in Connecticut for a weekend of fun and games, until someone turns up dead. Gillette must channel his inner Holmes to track the killer and stop the next death. In 2012, The Game’s Afoot won Best Play at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards, an award-giving body hosted by the Mystery Writers of America.

Repertory_Almost MaineTo highlight the Valentine’s season, Repertory will present John Cariani’s Almost, Maine from February 19 to March 13. On a cold, wintry night with the northern lights illuminating the dark sky, the residents of Almost fall in and out of love in unusual ways. The New York Times has described it as a “higher-concept and more clever version of Hollywood [love stories]” with a “beautiful structure.”

Repertory_Stepping OutFor the summer, Repertory is staging Stepping Out from April 1 to 24. Stepping Out, a lively comedy by Richard Harris, tells the story of former chorus girl Mavis who teaches a dance class in a dingy church hall in London. While learning the basics of body language and movement, Mavis must deal with the drama cooking up in the studio. Since it premiered in 1984, it has been staged  most notably the West End in London and Broadway in New York. Stepping Out was awarded Best Comedy at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, organized by notable British critics and editors.

Repertory_Hansel&GretelRepertory has a history of producing child-friendly plays like Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Camp Rock the Musical, and the company is also staging Hansel and Gretel from August 20 to December 15 for the young and young-at-heart. This delightful interpretation of the Brothers Grimm classic follows siblings Hansel and Gretel through their journey in the woods. There, they see a fantastically-designed house made of gingerbread, candy, and ice cream. When they start to eat it, until they are caught and trapped by the witch that lives there. The two must work together to outwit the evil witch and escape the sugary house of horrors.

Repertory_A little PrincessRunning simultaneously with Hansel and Gretel is A Little Princess. Based on the children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett , A Little Princess tells the story of Princess Sarah, who suffers at the hands of Miss Minchin at a boarding school in London. Things turn for the worse when her father dies and she becomes a pauper. The musical will run from November 18 to December 18.

Compared to watching on the big screen or on a television, nothing beats the immediacy, intimacy, and raw talent showcased in stage plays. Repertory is expected to thrill theatergoers this 2016 with its lineup of shows, a diverse mix of comedy and drama for audiences of all ages. See you at the theater!

For more details, inquiries on ticket or show buying, call Repertory Philippines at 843-3570 or visit the website at

21 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Lady Anne Louise Barrun2016/01/18 at 1:31 am - Reply

    This looks classy. I really love theater plays and musical. I am eyeing now A Little Princess and Hansel and Gretel.

  2. Pearliza Paguio2016/01/18 at 3:40 am - Reply

    I agree with you Mommy, nothing beats theater shows in terms of showcasing raw talents. The last stage show I was able to watch was Disney Live haha. I think I need to see one of these shows for a change. 🙂

  3. celin mendoza2016/01/18 at 8:28 am - Reply

    The Hansel and Gretel looks interesting. The Repertory Philippines really has the name in staging theatrical shows.

  4. Louisa2016/01/18 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    This looks very interesting and I would have loved to attend but the schedule doesn’t make it possible. I think it’ll be very enjoyable though.

  5. Berlin2016/01/19 at 3:08 am - Reply

    I am also eyeing the hansel and gretel show. I guess my boys will enjoy this kind of play. It will be their first time if ever. Thanks for this.

  6. Eens Gonzales2016/01/19 at 10:24 am - Reply

    What a nice setup! Looks promising and entertaining. Think I want A Little Princess for my daughter. Medyo matagal pa 🙂

  7. Maan2016/01/19 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    It’s been so long since I last went to see a theatre play! Nothing beats live performance!

  8. Lani Banzon2016/01/20 at 8:13 am - Reply

    I used to watch plays with my dad. Sad to say, i have not brought any of my 5 kids to a play. Although I love plays it is always out of our budget. Now that I’ve read this, I’m going to save money to bring them to a play. Maybe, not all of them at the same time because it’s expensive. I will have to divide them into 2 batches, depending on my budget. 🙂

  9. I would love to watch Hansel and Gretel! Looks like a great play! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Janice2016/01/21 at 2:21 am - Reply

    I love plays! We try to take our kids to at least one per year. Repertory has a great line up this year. So excited to watch them!

  11. Mommy Pehpot2016/01/21 at 3:53 am - Reply

    Indeed! watching a theater gives you a better watching experience…lalo siguro if big productions like LesMis or Phantom!

  12. MrsMartinez2016/01/22 at 3:00 am - Reply

    I miss watching plays. Hansel and Gretel looks like a fun play to watch with my kid.


  13. Rhoda Fajardo2016/01/22 at 5:24 am - Reply

    I miss watching stage plays. The last play I watched was in Teatrino, Greenhills. The leading singers/characters were real life couple, Robert Sena and Isay Alvarez. I forgot the title of the play coz it was original. I checked the website of Repertory Philippines. I’m excited for The Little Princess coz I named one of my daughters after one of the characters, Lavina =)

  14. Nadia2016/01/23 at 12:01 am - Reply

    I enjoyed watching this play! Thanks MBP! We plan to catch the other productions this year, hopefully with our little boy. 🙂

  15. Ayi2016/01/23 at 12:18 am - Reply

    I want the Hansel and Gretel :)) I have to take note of this so me and my eldest could watch 🙂

  16. Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy2016/01/25 at 1:53 am - Reply

    Ooh, this is a nice list! I super miss watching these kinds of shows. I haven’t let the kids try watching plays and musicals yet. Myabe that hansel and gretel will be a nice first. 🙂

  17. jennifer villanueva2016/01/26 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    the last two plays sounds really interesting… kids (and kids at heart) are gonna love it.

  18. Mommy levy2016/01/27 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    We haven’t watched any repertory play yet, but I want to check out Hansel and Gretel this year.

  19. Jackie2016/01/29 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Gah, I’m missing the good stuff again! Wish I were in the Philippines to watch this!

  20. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen2016/01/31 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Oh I will enjoy watching The Game’s afoot!

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