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In celebration of the International Women’s Day last March 8, and in unity with all other art devotees in the Philippines celebrating the National Arts Month all throughout February, KAPATIRANG DRAMATISTA ng UP Manila, formerly known as Tanghalang Batingaw – a non-stock, non-profit, socio-civic and cultural university-based theater organization – decided to restage its original Filipino comedy play in two acts that speaks about empowerment, womanhood and respect entitled Bathroom Voices. The said event took place in the UP-MASA PGH Science Hall last March 6, 2009 as the 3rd restaging of Bathroom voices.
It seems to me that the play Bathroom Voices is a commendable vantage point of looking into the complexity and novelty of human behavior that is well in contrast with the society these people belongs to. Bathroom Voices – through its creativity, social realism and humor – has been a tremendous instrument in reflecting the lives of several characters in conflict with one another and with their society.
Bathroom Voices is a play about the lives of six female teachers and their respective issues in their personal lives, career and the dominating ideological giants in the society they belong to. Susan, Maritess, Yayo, Katrina, Ilda and Poying represent various types of women in our society who faces individual issues in their stereotyping and very conservative society. There’s a lot one can say about Bathroom Voices. Aside from the laughter the play would induce into you while you’re watching – from the humorous spiels of the characters to their ill-twisted faces – great social reality is given by the play. Great social reality is revealed, and is exposed to make the spectators realize what should be realized.
One good characteristic of Bathroom voices for me is the fact that even though Bathroom Voices made use of female characters as the protagonists, it is silly to judge Bathroom Voices as a reflection...