December 5, 2013
Four unusual, fascinating stage productions
HISTORIA. Witold Gombrowicz’s History (Operetta) is a three-act reconstruction of the first two versions of Operetta, which the author finished in 1966. Adapted by Adrián Blanco and José Páez for the local stage, Historia is a well-rounded portrait of Gombrowicz, the Polish playwright who lived in Argentina between 1939 and the mid 1960s.
Seamlessly put together with interesting resources, this version of Historia follows Gombrowicz’s adollescence and his transition to adulthood, becoming one of the most influential writers and thinkers of the 20th century, living in exile in a faraway country that embraced his personality and literary output.
Historia comes to us in a disquieting version featuring Ramiro Agüero, Manuel Bello, Estefania D´Anna, Diego Echegoyen, Mario Frías, Cecilia Tognola, Hugo Dezillio, Yamila Gallione and Luis Escano.
Where & When. At Hasta Trilce, Maza 177. Tel: 4862-1758. Wednesdays at 9pm, Saturdays at 9.30pm. Tickets $50 and $70.
EL INVERNADERO. In his latest play El invernadero (The greenhouse), playwright Luis Cano revisits family bonds and their influence on an individual’s growth.
In El invernadero, Cano focuses on a strained father-son relationship, with an omnipresent maternal figure and a father who comes to visit every every weekend in Sunday regalia, prompting anguish and anger in his son.
Alejo Sambán directs, with good performances by Analía Sánchez, Enrique Dumont and Federico Marrale.
Where & When. At NoAvestruz, Humboldt 1857. Tel: 4777-6956. Saturdays at 8pm. Tickets $60 and 60.
SOLO CUANDO TENGAS EL ANIMO DE UN PAJARO. Written by Emmanuel Medina, Sólo cuando tengas el ánimo de un pájaro arose from the author’s interest in Antonin Artaud’s literary output and the correspondence book Lettres à Génica, a compilation of letters sent to Génica Athanasiou, his first companion.
Sólo cuando tengas el ánimo de un pájaro, supervised by playwright-director Daniel Veronese, also includes Artaud’s letters to Jacques Rivière.
Directed by Cintia Miraglia, Sólo cuando tengas el ánimo... is intensely dramatic and full of oneiric images, with three characters immersed in themselves.
Valuable performances by María Morales Miy, Darío Szraka and Juan Manuel Correa.
Where & When. At El excéntrico de la 18, Lerma 420. Tel: 4772-6092, 4775-1438. Fridays at 10.30pm.
EL DIARIO DEL PELUDO. One of the most interesting authors from a new generation of playwrights, Gonzalo Demaría is outrageous and intensely provocative at once, and his works, controversial as they are, never leave audiences indifferent.
El diario del peludo spins a curious story: an ageing president (Hipólito Yrigoyen) has the daily news read out to him by his collaborators. In this way, he becomes dellusional, thinking that victory is his, when, in fact, the situation in the real world is quite the opposite. Fed only a portion of the news, the president is oblivious to the plight of workers and the impending doom faced by his government.
Directed by author Demaría, El diario del peludo features Victorio D‘Alessandro and Fito Yanelli.
Where & When. At El camarín de las musas, Mario Bravo 960. Tel: 4862-0655. Thursday at 9pm. Tickets $60 and $80.