Thursday, January 24, 2008

10 Most Controversial Pinoy Theater Plays

I love watching plays but sad to say I haven't watched a single play from the list below compiled by WikiPilipinas... =( How pathetic...

  • Penis Talks (2005)- A play which is a take on the highly successful The Vagina Monologues. After the success of Penis Talks 1, there was a repeat or part 2 of the said play. If the theme of Penis Talks 1 is "I am not a Penis, I am a Person," the theme of Penis Talks 2 is "I Am a RESPONSIBLE Penis." Group of conservatives ganged up to have the name changed to "When All About Men," while the Penis Talks became a mere subtitle, in smaller print.
  • The Vagina Monologues (2002)- “Ang tinggil ay dalisay ang layon” , is the defiant opening of Usapang Puki. An award-winning play written by Eve Ensler which consists of monologues read by a varying number of women with every monologue somehow relating to the vagina. The theme of the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment. Like Penis Talks, the title alone makes the play sound scandalous already. Its Filipino version, Usapang Puki, was first shown onstage on March 6, 2002, sponsored by the UP Repertory Company and Gabriela Youth and the script was translated into Filipino by Glecy Atienza, Joi Barrios and Luna Sicat Cleto.
  • Tatarin (1978)-The play explores the pagan forces in the Christian community, and the superiority of women to imperious men, bringing up controversial issues such as the power struggle between the sexes and the suggestion that Christianization suppressed the power of women. Three National Artists collaborated on this work: author Nick Joaquin, director Lamberto Avellana, and sculptor Napoleon Abueva (as set designer).
  • Hanggang Dito na Lamang at Maraming Salamat (1974)- A full-length play in 1974 written by Orlando Nadres. It is considered controversial because it is the first play that openly tackles the issue of homosexuality, showing an empathetic understanding of homosexuals and their humanity, and presenting the way society regards and treats them.
  • Ang Kiri (1926)- A sarswela in three acts written by Servando de los Angeles. Having 351 performances made on record, this is one of the best-known sarswelas during the prewar era. It is also the first play that featured a flirt as the principal character.
  • Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas (1903)- A drama simboliko (symbolic play) in three acts written by Aurelio Tolentino and is considered as Tolentino's “most significant contribution to Filipino drama and most seditious drama of the era”.
  • Hindi Aco Patay (1903)- A full-length drama simboliko written by Juan Matapang Cruz. The play invited strong reactions from the colonial authorities during its time. It was banned in mid performance at Teatro Nueva Luna in Malabon, and led to the arrest and imprisonment of the entire troupe and even the playwright's wife.
  • R.I.P. (1902)- A drama in one act, written by Severino Reyes. The play portrays a komedya troupe in rehearsal and in production. Because of the play's theme, the komedyantes objected to it. This play also marked the growing popularity of sarswela over the komedya.
  • Tanikalang Guinto (1902)- A drama in three acts, written by Juan Abad. This play is considered controversial because it was banned as "seditious". It stressed the rise of the spirit of independence and struggle as the Filipino revolutionists fought against the American Government.

Source: WikiPilipinas... Thanks!

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