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Separate spaces, separate realities

A scene from Bernardo Cappa’s Dadas las Circunstancias.
A scene from Bernardo Cappa’s Dadas las Circunstancias.
A scene from Bernardo Cappa’s Dadas las Circunstancias.
By Carolina Nogueira
For the Herald
Dadas las circunstancias is the story of the struggles of an independent theatre company

Written and directed by Bernardo Cappa, Dadas las Circunstancias follows the rehearsal of an independent theatre company based on a small flat. The large cast on stage provides the possibility of representing more than one situation at the same time, as well as the same scene in two separate spaces. With great dynamics, this contemporary play sets out to fulfill the entertaining aspect of theatre.

Modifying the typical set design disposition, Cappa uses the back of the room as the performance space. With three doors and a window behind, the new arena is better at portraying a typical Buenos Aires’ flat — adding a table, a desk and some props, this intimate world is well represented.

Once again, Cappa’s work evidences the multiple characteristics of a specific group. The plot revolves around the lack of organization and investment independent theatre groups generally have. At the same time, a love triangle affects the flat’s dynamic, evidencing a major problem that surprises everyone. Instead of depicting the theatrical world in the usual way — by staging rehearsals — Cappa dwells on production conditions instead.

An actress of the company — played by Natalia Giardinieri — brings up the topic, unleashing multiple reactions and opinions about it.

Guido Losantos — as the legal representative — plays an over-reacting actor in constant need of attention; once again, Losantos develops an enjoyable and amusing character. Dina Pugach — performing an old and retired actress — embodies a possible investor to this theatrical company. Accompanied by Maia Lancioni as her lawyer and Martín Bertani as his son, these appearances transform the prevailing dynamic, generating a new atmosphere in the flat due to the different money-seeking attempts, thus generating tension in the group, converging into a hilarious rehearsal.

Sofía García incarnates the organized and dedicated assistant who owns the apartment. Together with Diego Gens — caretaker of the building — and Carla Viola — as her neighbour — they form the love triangle that spices up the plot.

Bertani’s and Viola’s performances stand out greatly. Adding humour to the story, both of them offer delightful, talented characterizations and an evident capacity to create unique, original characters. The cast is completed by Carla Apella, Fernando De Rosa and Alejandra Hollender.

With great performances, Dadas las Circunstancias presents an enjoyable way to critically reflect about the conditions in the world of theatre. Once More, Bernardo Cappa creates a play full of situations that everyone can feel identified with.

Where & When:

La Casona Iluminada (Corrientes 1979). On Wednesdays, 10.30pm. Tickets from 60 pesos at the venue.

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