December 4, 2013
Rotos de amor: a moving, absurdly funny play
Four lovelorn men share woes on how to deal with women and life
Rafael Bruza is quite a busy actor and director and he’s also a fertile playwright who has written his fair share of plays, several of which have won important prizes here and abroad. Such as Rotos de amor (Broken by Love), a sad but hilarious comedy which has returned to the BA stage after a couple of years’ rest and many performances on tour. It deals with the problems three lovelorn middle-aged men have with women.
The four are medicine travelling salesmen and share their woes and their failures on how to deal with women and life.
One is abandoned by his wife who leaves him for a tango dance teacher. He is disliked by his wife and is hated by her vicious dog, which he fears.
Another snores and his wife cannot stand the noise, so he decides to sing a less than successful (yet hilarious) serenade.
The third is lovesick for a married neighbour whose name he doesn’t even know but for whom he distantly awaits holding a bouquet, hopelessly watching her from across the street.
The fourth man is a mumbling mute who can only be understood by the third and hopes to bury his dead lover’s ashes with his friends.
Bruza has written a moving, pathetic set of situations which, even so, are very funny on several occasions. He also deals with friendship, loyalty and sadness, in a very Borgean way. Indeed, despite their familiarity, the four men address themselves formally (as “usted” instead of the familiar “vos”).
The author has created four very different characters who, nonetheless, are equally endearing. They are masterfully portrayed by Gonzalo Urtizberea as the patient man in love with the unknown neighbour, Claudio Messina as the man who serenades his wife, while Mario Vedoya’s fear of the dog is more than understandable. Last but not least, Guillermo Aragonés is absolutely hilarious.
Director Ana Alvardo has done an excellent job with the quartet and the almost bare set, well lit by Ricardo Sica.
Where and when
El Tinglado — Mario Bravo 948 // 48163 1188 — Wenesday 8.30pm.