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Forever Young: a lively ode to spirit of days gone by

A scene from Forever Young.
By Alfredo Cernadas
For The Herald
It is the year 2050. The room with posters-plastered walls reeks of theatre. As well it should, since it houses a group of retired, aged actors and actresses, whose life is now spent in rehab exercises, taking medicine and fondling old memories of their life on the stage. But, when the bossy nurse retires, a magic whiff of life and rock and roll envelops the group and the oldsters are imbued by the spirit of their days gone by. And the vigour of music overtakes them in an exhilarating manner. The seniors suddenly become a hilarious group of lively effervescent beings.

Forever Young premiered in Oslo, Norway, in 2010 as Evig Ung, and soon turned into a hit. The Catalonian company Tricicle happened to be on tour in Norway and went to see the work in a sold out house. They were fascinated, even if they didn’t speak the language. And, the following year, they presented it in Spain. With the same success it has known in Argentina, where it was nominated for the most important of awards, several of which it actually won. After all, in 2050 many of us will be old, so it is important not to forget the rebellious spirit of youth, to keep the lust for life and enjoy every day. Forever Young offers songs known by many with a humour that is universal. Let us grow old singing, dancing and laughing, wisely, say the members of Tricicle.

Forever Young has many genuine merits as a work in itself, but it has it has a fair share of laudable traits of its own, beginning with the adaptations made by many Catalonian and local hands: director Daniel Casablanca’s firm control of a complicated staging, Elizabeth de Chapeaurouge’s outstanding choreography, María Oswald’s adaptation of the set, Gaby Golfman’s musical knowhow and the hilarious performances of Walter Canella, Christian Giménez, Melania Lenoir, Andrea Lovera, Mariela Passeri, Germán Tripel and Pablo Bronzini make for a praise-worthy stage jewel.

Where and when

Metropolitan Citi, Corrientes 1343. Wednesdays at 9pm, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 10.30pm. Tickets from 180 pesos.

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