December 6, 2013
A sentimental journey through marginalia
Four playwrights explore the darker side of human nature
TRISTE GOLONDRINA MACHO. Widely regarded as one of Manuel Puig’s most intriguing plays, Triste golondrina macho draws from melodrama, drama, farce, comedy, surrealism, and even vampirism and gothic novel.
Once again, Puig revisits his troubled relationship with his hometown of General Villegas, Buenos Aires Province, thinly disguised as Peyton Place-style Vallejos in the seminal Boquitas pintadas. In Puig’s own words, Triste golondrina macho embodies the petty acts and the uncertainty of such townsfolk.
In Triste golondrina macho there are three sisters, a horse-riding man, a pregnant woman, a child, a colt, and a birthday cake around which they all gather. There’s also a pilgrim, a man down on his luck who comes home and becomes a father for the child, a goat shepherd who emerges from filthy waters, a cottage full of happy people, people in mourning in cold, misty weather, and, finally, a mother breastfeeding her baby.
This production of Triste golondrina macho, a good approximation to Puig’s universe, is directed by Blas Arrese Igor and Guillermo Arengo, who also star in it with Romina Gaetani, Julieta Vallina and Mónica Raiola. Music by Diego Frenkel.
Where & When. At Teatro Regio, Ave.Córdoba 6056. Tel: 4772-3350. Thursday to Saturday at 8.30pm, Sunday at 7.30pm. Tickets $40 and $60 ($35 on Thursdays).
SIPITA JULICHA. Written and directed by Charo Moreno based on August Strindberg’s naturalistic play Miss Julie (1888), Sipita julicha is set in Santiago del Estero, a mediterranean province where European traditions and regional myths may be found.
Sipita julicha takes place during the San Esteban festivity. As the night progresses, Sipita, the landowner’s daughter, unleashes her pentup desire and has sex with the foreman. Only the cook witnesses this encounter between two members of different social strata during a night of passion. As the music numbs the senses of the townsfolk, Sapita manages to channel her furtive desires while at the same time declaring her stance against her own social class. With: Eugenia Lencinas, Sandra Arrechea and Luciano Ledesma.
Where & When. At El popular, Chile 2076. Sunday at 4.30pm. Tickets $60.
LA HISTORIA DEL SEÑOR SOMMER. Patrick Süskind’s The Story of Mr. Sommer is a one-actor play in which an object — long lost and unexpectedly recovered — allows a man to revisit his adolescence and to confront his unfulfilled dreams and ambitions. He eventually comes to the conclusion that this is his last opportunity to make those dreams come true.
Excellent performance by Carlos Portaluppi. Guillermo Ghio directs.
Where & When. At Timbre 4, México 3554. Tel: 4867-5185. Sunday at 9.30pm. Tickets $60 and $80.
BEIRUT BOULEVARD. Written by Gonzalo Senestrari, Beirut Boulevard is about a man and a woman who try to enjoy their secret love affair without guilt, without remorse. However, they must confront a series of heart-wrenching situations, turning their feelings and desires into a self-destructive concept of love. Directed by Senestrari and Martín Crespo. With: Enrique Cragnolino, Nadia Crosa, Camilia Garófalo and Marcelo Vacas.
Where & When. At La tertulia, Gallo 826. Tel: 4865-0303. Friday at 11.30pm. Tickets $70.