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Good sex may not be essential but it does help

Isabelle Stoffel stars in La rendición.
By Juan Carlos Fontana

Is it really lust or existential angst that drive people into each other’s arms without a second thought?

Theatregoers’ choice

LA RENDICION. Based on Tony Bentley’s 2004 novel The Surrender, An Erotic Memoir, La rendición is an oddly striking piece about a dancer who, after being introduced to a certain sexual practice, derives extreme pleasure and even existential answers from sodomy.

The specific practice, of course, is an excuse to reflect on and discuss other issues, such as gender identity and society’s moral constraints.

First staged in a Madrid fringe theatre, La rendición proved so successful that it made the transition to the main auditorium of the Centro Dramático Nacional. Actress Isabelle Stoffel shines as an uninhibited woman who reveals her intimate fantasies and desires and the wish to experience everything life has to offer. Sifrid Monleón directs.

Where & When. At Maipo Kabaret, Esmeralda 443. Tel: 4322-4882 / 4823. Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm. Tickets $80.

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PEGADOS. Composed by Ferrán González, Alicia Serrat and Joan Miquel Perez, Pegados is a humorous and thought-provoking musical. Apparently inane, Pegados, however, is loaded with meaning and musings on what it means to be permanently attached to one’s love interest.

The story follows the usual pattern: boy meets girl, they strike it up and decide to have sex. After intercourse, they discover that they are “glued” to one another, and there is nothing physicians can do to bring them apart.

As they wait patiently in a hospital ward, oblivious to a nurse’s exasperating behaviour, the youths burst into song to express their fluctuating moods and, ultimately, their anguish at the prospect of being eternally tied to the same person.

Controversial, thought-provoking, amusing and irreverent, Pegados is directed by expert régisseur Valeria Ambrosio. With: Vanesa Butera, Ignacio de Santis, Karina Hernández and Santiago Otero Ramos.

Where & When. At Chacarerean, Nicaragua 5565. Tel: 4775-9010, 4774-3712. Fridays and Saturdays at 9pm. Tickets $100.

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MAU MAU O LA TERCERA PARTE DE LA NOCHE. Written by playwright-filmmaker Santiago Loza, Mau Mau... references the legendary club that thrived in BA from the mid 1960 through the mid 90s. A bastion of the bon vivant lifestyle, Mau Mau’s name was not only related to dance and nightlife — it was also associated with furtive love affairs, loneliness, fleeting friendships and connections, and the impossibility of making a long-lasting bond.

Mau Mau... stars Gaby Ferrero and Eugenia Alonso, who bring the club back to life for new audiences to ponder the quandaries of lives lived on the edge. Juan Parodi directs.

Where & When. At El extranjero, Valentín Gómez 3378. Tel: 4862-7400. Mondays at 8.30pm. Tickets $60 and $80.

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UNA RELACION PORNOGRÁFICA. French author-director Philippe Blasband’s Une liaison pornographique is all about anonymous sex, with no commitments, without names, without obligations, something mutually agreed upon by the partners involved in the liaison.

Underlining the impersonality of his characters’ universe, they have no name: simply Her and Him. They meet in a bar. She proposes to have sex at the hotel across the street.

It’s fun. They do it all over again, as a ritual. They feel the need to know more about one another, but hold it back.

After some time, they both muster the courage to tell the truth about one another, whether they’re single or married, in a relationship or not.

Actors Cecilia Roth and Darío Grandinetti play Her and Him under Javier Daulte’s expert direction.

Where & When. At Sala Pablo Picasso / La Plaza, Av. Corrientes 1660. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8.30pm, Fridays at 9pm, Saturdays at 9.30pm, Sundays at 8.30pm. Tickets $175 and $220. Plateanet: 5236-3000.

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