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The universal love triangle gets original exploration in Todos mis miedos

A scene from Todos mis miedos.
By Carolina Nogueira
For the Herald

After a long biennial competition, seven plays in the “Developing projects” category won the chance to show their performances on Buenos Aires stages. One of the most outstanding plays is Todos mis miedos, directed by Nahuel Cano. This dynamic work alternates between comedy and drama in a love-conflict situation.

Bruno, a dissatisfied literature professor, is going through a marriage separation when he begins a love affair with one of his students. The relationship between these three characters reveals most of their personal issues, as well as their thoughts about love and relationships. Even though Bruno — performed by Pablo Seijo — is the connection between the two women, passion and the desire of understanding motivates the characters to interact with one another.

The presence of Diego Echegoyen as the “conscience” character adds freshness to the typical love triangle. His character works as a satellite in every situation, telling them what to do and also opining about what they say. This original presence favours the rhythm and dynamic of the play, to which he also brings comic resources. With constant looks of complicity to the public, his presence also questions the fictional bounds of the triangle.

Every item works in a functional way, avoiding realism. The stage layout, including three terraces on different sides of it, makes reference to a box ring where the domestic fights take place. The space is full of books which constantly interact with the characters and their stories. The sense of chaos increases during the play, just as the clutter of books does. All the spaces where the characters appear during the story — the literature class, the married couple’s home and an island — are announced by the characters themselves.

This is one of the multiple resources Nahuel Cano uses to detach from typical theatre naturalism.This emotional drama approaches the usual doubts about love and relationships by bringing back the most common questions and presenting different attitudes about such concepts.

María Abadi as the literature student and Anabella Bacigalupo as Bruno’s wife complete this cast by presenting two opposite women who end up having more than one thing in common. Both of them leave Bruno alone, with his own fears, with a desire for him to reflect.

This professor is full of words — very visual in the stage design — but constantly avoids his own emotions. By the end of the play, even the “conscience” character leaves him to his own devices and, after a short monologue, he concludes he will stop talking, thus hinting that he will think more from now on.

Todos mis miedos incorporates quotes from literature as well as interesting dialogues. It also contains expounds on topics such as loneliness, love, personal feelings and frustrations. With very easy identification, this plays converges into a well balanced and entertaining conclusion.

Where and when

Abasto Social Club, Yatay 666. On Saturdays at 11pm and Sundays at 6pm. Tickets from 50 pesos.

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