March 12, 2014
Tempers flare in addictive comedy
For The Herald
A storm is raging outside, so a group of women have sought refuge in the waiting room of an airport. It doesn’t take them long to begin a conversation the subject of which, besides the weather, is the reason of their presence in the room. They are, of course, waiting for a plane’s arrival but the reasons are as different as are the women. Belén, admirably portrayed, with a typical, stiff upper lip diction, is a rich aristocrat who is waiting for her husband.
Carmen is about to fly with her cat to Mexico where her adored son is living and about to marry. Elizabeth intends to meet her father, Deborah will meet her lover and Ana is the rowdy, vulgar president of the Julio Iglesias fan club who is on touring South America. The five women are totally different but a conversation inevitably unravels in spite of their differences, which soon show up and ignite sparks.
The main reason is, of course, who they are waiting for. Belén is a show-off and brags about her wealthy husband, her children, what she has and what she does. Cecilia Dopazo’s portrayal is just right, with her affected, snobbish diction. Esmeralda Mitre as Elizabeth is a sensitive doctor, a professor at the university and the daughter of a famous doctor whom she admires and loves deeply. On the other hand, Carmen (María Valenzuela), a distinguished lady riddled with prejudice, travels with her cat and is mad about her perfect son, whose wedding she intends to prevent because of his impossible fiancée, a short, dark-skinned girl. Sexy Deborah (Erika de Sautu Riestra) will meet her lover, a rich executive and Ana (Betiana Blum) is a noisy, vulgar, utterly fanatical, soaking wet admirer of Julio Iglesias, whom she adores in no uncertain way.
As the conversation proceeds, the women’s personalities flare and things do not sail as smoothly as they could because of their different social background and personalities. So what began as a hilarious comedy takes a turn to drama. But things then move on to quieter waters, ably guided by director Marcos Carnevale — also the play’s author — who shares that responsibility with Andrés Geleos, Lily Ann Martins and Pablo Junevich. The group’s performance, in the hands of an utterly experienced professional, is absolutely brilliant. Fine set by Daniel Feijóo, ditto the wardrobe by Javier Petroni.
Where and when
Multiteatro, Corrientes 1283. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 9.30pm / Saturday at 8.30pm and 10 pm / Sunday at 9.30pm.