"Rafael Solana's 'Debiera haber Obispas': A Satirical Gem"

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“Debiera haber Obispas”

A gem of Mexican theater has arrived in Los Angeles! Rafael Solana, the distinguished Veracruzano writer, left an indelible mark on the world of Mexican theater with his remarkable work, “Debiera haber Obispas.” In this review, we will explore the intricacies of Solana’s work, providing a comprehensive analysis of the historical and cultural context, a plot summary, thematic exploration, character development, and critical reception.

Cast of the play “There should be bishops”

Cast of the play “There should be bishops”

Rafael Solana was a Mexican playwright and journalist born in Veracruz in 1915 and passed away in Mexico City in 1992. He was known for his satirical and ironic style in his works. The play “Debiera haber obispas” is a representative example of his generation of playwrights, who played a significant role in the theatrical process of the time.

The play premiered on April 29, 1954, at the Sala Chopin in Mexico City. It starred María Tereza Montoya, a renowned actress, in the leading role, and her brother Felipe Montoya as the bishop. Solana mentioned that María Tereza Montoya asked him to write a play for her after he praised her acting in previous works.

The idea for “Debiera haber obispas” stemmed from Solana’s observation of the social and political climate of the time, where women were excluded from positions of power and authority, including the Catholic Church. The play explores the absurdity and hypocrisy of this exclusion by imagining a scenario where women could become bishops.

One of the central themes in “Debiera haber Obispas” is the exploration of gender roles and societal expectations. Solana cleverly challenges traditional norms by envisioning a world where women can hold positions of power within the Catholic Church. Through satire and humor, the play highlights the absurdity of arbitrary gender distinctions and questions the inherent biases ingrained in society.

Cast of the play “There should be bishops”

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Cast of the play “There should be bishops”

The play reflects the societal norms and power structures of Mexican society in the 1950s, filled with prejudices, taboos, half-truths, and hypocrisy. It portrays a society that judges and condemns based on appearances, while failing to recognize its own sins and shortcomings. The characters in the play represent the people of the town, who are easily swayed by rumors and suspicions, leading to a comedic and unexpected ending.

In today’s society, the play “Debiera haber obispas” continues to resonate as it addresses issues of gender inequality, the double standards imposed on women, and the need for equal opportunities and representation in positions of power. It challenges traditional gender roles and highlights the importance of questioning societal norms and expectations. The play serves as a reminder that women should not be limited by societal expectations and should have the same opportunities as men to hold positions of authority and make decisions. It encourages dialogue and reflection on gender equality and the need for inclusivity in all aspects of society, including religious institutions.

At the end of the play, Mario Ramírez poses in the middle of the actors Oscar Román and Gonzalo García.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this masterpiece of Mexican theater in three performances in Los Angeles, presented by “Grupo Teatristas” at the “Centro Cultural Cubano.” Under the direction of Juan Gless and Gonzalo García, with a stellar cast that includes Ofelia Villegas, Sonia Ramírez, Nico Guzmán, Armando Heredia, Oscar Román, Juan Glezz, and Gonzalo García. This is your chance to immerse yourself in Rafael Solana’s theatrical legacy in a production that promises to surprise and entertain. Don’t miss it!

Please note: The play is performed in Spanish.

Mario Ramírez is an actor, comedian, broadcaster, writer and director of film, theater and television based in Hollywood, California. He studied graphic communication at the National School of Plastic Arts of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and music at the Higher School of Music of the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA) in Mexico City.

Mario Ramírez Reyes
Author Mario Ramírez Reyes

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