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× ‘Anna in the Tropics’—a brave, provocative production audiences won’t get to see

Repertory Philippines' (Rep) staging of Nilo Cruz's "Anna in the Tropics" was a theater landmark of sorts: It was the last stage performance, if only in invitational preview mode, before Manila---and its cultural life---was locked down as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Had its run gone as scheduled, "Anna" would have been a different, more welcome landmark: the company spreading…