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A couple on a leash: a canine look at love

Greta Berghese and Eddy García in a scene from Perro, mujer, hombre.
By Carolina Nogueira
For the Herald

An unorthodox view of a relationship between two people: through the eyes of a dog

Theatre review

The first look at the stage of Perro, Mujer, Hombre will prompt you to associate the set design to a casual home environment. In a perfectly balanced space, a man and a woman remain seated on some chairs. In the back you can see Pablo Viotti, the musician who constantly interacts with them and the narrated situation. Lying on the floor is Eddy García, who plays an abandoned dog that roams the streets.

This play by German author Sibylle Berg and directed by young Argentine director Gonzalo Facundo López shows the loneliness and deception of a man and a woman in their 40s. In an attempt to put an end to their solitude, they agree to meet and get to know each other.

Throughout the night the two spend together, a stray dog gets near, joining the newly-born couple and finding a new home.

Even though the relationships has enough issues as disagreements constantly brew between the adults, the dog’s presence and opinions about the human reactions add a strong comical layer to the undeniable drama.

Pablo Viotti plays a musician who interrupts most of the scenes and ends up changing their course. With the dog’s complicity, he keeps playing pop music — famous and original songs — that bolster or, sometimes, cover the couple’s discussions.

Sound and music play a key part in López’s play, operating as separators in this fragmentary history and also adding an informal and colloquial approach to the drama unfolding between the man and the woman.

A brilliant and quick-witted idea from the producers: after the play, you can buy the CD including every song played on Perro, Mujer, Hombre.

This Argentine play is one of the winners of the Young Artist Biennial of Buenos Aires 2013, where new directors saw their projects getting funds or subsidies from the government. It is also a part of the theatre selection of Buenos Aires City plays 2014.

Leonardo Murúa, who plays the man in this story, delivers a strong performance as a resigned man who hardly tries to find happiness any more.

Greta Berghese, as the woman, stands out through her expressions and her constant advances and suggestive attitudes. Eddy García, playing the dog, displays astonishing body control skills as well as a complete grasp of his presence on stage. Acting is one of the most remarkable theatre parts of this play.

With a black space and a white stage design, it is easy to connect the set with the black-and-white canine view.

Even though the man and the woman perform a lot of the situations they go through, the dog’s narrative is constantly adding details or skipping time during the anecdotes of this one-year relationship that knows multiple ups and downs.

The dog’s point of view is probably the most important, considering that he watches the couple from the outside, becoming rather conspiratorial with the public.

The version of this German play put together by Gonzalo Facundo López proposes a dynamic and entertaining way to look at daily love problems, with a playful and non-dramatic outlook.

Where and When

Perro, mujer, hombre (Dog, Woman, Man). El Camarín de las Musas (Mario Bravo 960). Thursdays at 9:30pm. Tickets from 70 pesos.

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