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The many faces of love and desire

Arnaldo André and Marta González in Intimidad indecente.
By Juan Carlos Fontana

Is it affection or mutual company that keeps people together?

INTIMIDAD INDECENTE. Written by Brazilian playwright Leilah Assumpçao, Intimidad Indecente features only two characters, Mariano (Arnaldo André) and Roberta (Marta González), who divorce at age 50 on amicable terms and continue to get together regularly during four decades. Desire has vanished, but affection is still there and they have mutual respect for one another. It’s a longevity affair they share, keeping one another company till the ripe age of 95.

Far from melancholy or agonizingly painful, Intimidad indecente is full of tender humour, and the decades roll by smoothly, with the inevitable cornerstones but keeping an attitude. André and González achieve this feat wearing no makeup to show the passing of time — it’s just their acting resources and André’s deft direction.

Where & When. At Regina Tsu, Santa Fe 1235. Tel: 4812-5470. Thursday to Saturday at 9pm, Sunday at 8pm. Tickets $160.

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LOS ELEGIDOS (Seminar). Written by US author Theresa Rebeck, Los elegidos has a classical structure and focuses on four aspiring novelists and an eccentric professor. The students are posed several questions, including whether or not it is right for aspiring writers to let themselves be humiliated by the seminar instructor, just out of love for literature.

Los elegidos seems to validate the hypothesis that this is, indeed, a valid attitude, since every class resembles a therapy session — full of rage and love, devotion and hatred. It’s an intellectual match where the performers disrobe their souls, revealing their jealousy, their lies, the secrets from their past.

Premiered on Broadway in 2011 with Alan Rickman and Jeff Goldblum in the leads, this version of Seminar stars Jorge Marrale as the ruthless professor. Marrale does an admirable, exquisite turn as the perversely intelligent mentor of four young writers. Marrale is well seconded by Paloma Contreras, Lautaro Delgado, Esteban Meloni and Manuela Pal. Daniel Veronese’s direction is accurate and imaginative.

Where & When. At Sala Pablo Picasso / Paseo La Plaza, Av. Corrientes 1660. Tel: 6320-5350. Wednesday and Thursday at 8.45pm, Friday and Saturday at 9.30pm, Sunday at 8.45pm. Tickets $ 200.

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FOREVER YOUNG. Developed by Swiss playwright-composer-director Eric Gedeon, Forever Young has an admirable structure that functions with clockwork precision, courtesy of Daniel Casablanca’s intelligent direction.

The action takes place in a retirement home in which a bunch of elderly people, as though they were little kids, keep themselves entertained singing, joking and playing pranks on their friends.

The group includes a man and a woman in love, an unlikely couple made up of a former hippie in the 60s who still keeps the spirit, and an average woman who has grown bitter, the embodiment of a grumpy old woman.

There’s also a former nurse who seems to be nuts, and a pianist who creates an orchestra playing on unusual instruments. Very good performances by Walter Canella, Melania Lenoir, Andrea Lovera, Germán Tripeli.

Where & When. At Metropolitan Citi, Av. Corrientes 1343. Tickets on sale at Paseo La Plaza. Reservations and information: 6320-5346. Plateanet 5236-3000. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 9pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 9.30pm. Tickets $160.

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FIESTERAS. Written and directed by Valeria André, Fiesteras (Party-crazed girls) is an amusing stand up show in which three young girls narrate the most powerful experiences in their lives. Nothing out of the ordinary, mind you, just home, work, dieting, divorce, love and boyfriends. With: Valeria André, Dani Covelo and Matilde Dal Corso.

Where & When. At The Cavern / Paseo La Plaza, Av. Corrientes 1660. Tel: 6320-5361. Fridays at 10pm. Tickets $100.

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