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Seeing Red: four artists’ life stories

Oscar Martínez and Rodrigo De la Serna in a scene from Amadeus.
By Juan Carlos Fontana
These legendary, often troubled celebrities were full of contradictions

Theatregoer’s choice

AMADEUS. Peter Schaffer’s play centres on the conflictive relationship, which eventually became rivalry, between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. As legend has it, Salieri used to say that Mozart’s music was divine, and that he (Salieri) fervently desired he could be that brilliant in order to please God.

But, on the other hand, Salieri also wondered why God had bestowed such talent on an unruly, vulgar and infantile creature like Mozart, widely regarded as a sacred instrument on Earth. Schaffer’s play is about admiration and hatred, secrets and revelations, love and treason.

With splendid performances by Oscar Martínez and Rodrigo de la Serna, Amadeus is unpredictable, amusing and emotional, deftly directed by Javier Daulte. Martínez and De la Serna are ably seconded by Verónica Pelaccini, Gerardo Chendo and Guido Botto Fiora.

Where & When. At Metropolitan Citi, Av. Corrientes 1343. Tel: 5277-0500. Thursday at 8.30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm, Sunday at 8.30pm. Tickets $220.

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RED. Developed by screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator, The Last Samurai), Red examines the last years in the troubled life of Latvia-born, US visual artist Mark Rothko. When Red starts, Rothko has just embarked on one of the biggest art commissions in history: a series of modern panels for the recently inaugurated Seagram building’s Four Seasons restaurant.

A self-avowed communist, the commission poses a dilemma for Rothko, because his solid colour paintings would challenge the establishment, and painting them for exhibition at a luxury restaurant would mean betraying his beliefs.

Starring Julio Chávez and Gerardo Otero, Red is directed by Daniel Barone.

Where & When. At Sala Pablo Neruda / Paseo La Plaza, Av. Corrientes 1660. Tel: 6320-5350. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 8.30pm. Tickets $220.

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MASH UP, MEZCLA UNO. Created and directed by Leo Kreimer, he of Hombre vertiente fame, Mash Up, Mezcla Uno makes an intense visual impact through physical theatre, dance, music and multimedia tools. In the author’s own words, Mash Up... focuses on a man receiving the electronic stimulus from a television set. All of a sudden, the man’s perception changes, and the TV set’s recreated reality bursts into remixed and reimagined images and sounds.

A fascinating multimedia show, Mash Up... combines rock, electronica, grunge and other musical landscapes. Performers are Estefanía Bavassi, Ana Gurbanov, Rakhal Herrero, Laura Mesigos, Tomás Middleton, Matías De Padova, Ignacio De Santis and Débora Zanolli. Music by Daniel Bugallo and Ariel Polenta.

Where & When. At El galpón de Guevara, Guevara 326. Thursday at 9.30pm, Friday at 10.30pm. Tickets $100.

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LA VERDADERA HISTORIA DE MARIA: LA CALLAS. Written, directed and performed by Osvaldo Tesser, this one-man show is an amorous account of the life of the immortal opera diva Maria Callas.

In Tesser’s reconstruction, Callas’ life and trajectory are told through passages from opera highlights from her career. La verdadera historia... reflects on Callas’ own admission that she spent more time living a fictional life on a stage than in real life.

Full of secrets, misunderstandings and a tragic love story, La verdadera historia... offers an interesting glimpse of the true life of an unparalled star.

Where & When. At Museo Isaac Fernández Blanco, Suipacha 1422. Tel: 4327-0228, 4383-9794. Sundays at 7pm. Tickets $5.

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