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Four lovely pieces about inevitable loss

Hernán Márquez, Marcos Horrisberger, Anibal Brito and Darío Bonheur in a scene from Ceremonia de hombres solos.
By Juan Carlos Fontana

Tritek directs Chéjov’s classic, Halac Humberto Rica’s play, Carnevale and Tolcachir their own works

CRITIC’S CHOICE

EL JARDIN DE LOS CEREZOS. By Antón Chéjov, adaptation by Helena Tritek. Premiered in 1904 in Moscow, this piece portrays the end of zarism and the arrival of the new bourgeois in the early 20th century Russia. The action develops in Liuba’s house — the last heir of Saint Petersburg’s aristocracy — where they are not yet fully aware of the debt they must face. With a decaying economic situation, the family must sell their dacha (small Russian houses often located in the countryside), known for its cherry orchard. The piece narrates this story between uncertainty and the end of a family’s destiny, which dwells on the arrival of the nouveau riche, represented in this case by Lopajin, a merchant that buys the dacha and its surroundings to build a summer house, destroying the famous orchard. Starring Cristina Banegas, Nelly Prince, Alejandro Viola, Mario Alarcón and Maruja Bustamante. Directed by Helena Tritek with spectacular scenery and costumes by Eugenio Zanetti

Where and when

Martín Coronado Hall, San Martín Theatre (Corrientes 1530. 0-800-333-5254.) Wednesdays to Saturdays, 8pm. Sundays, 7pm. Tickets from 80 pesos except Wednesdays, 45 pesos.

ADICTAS A VOS. Written and directed by Marcos Carnevale. Five women converge in an airport hall on a stormy day. Some of them are there to travel abroad, others are waiting to be reunited with their loved ones. All of them hide a secret and, through the confessions made in this waiting room, a sudden realization of a certain loss or an addiction to someone else arises. One of these women is traveling to attend to her beloved son’s wedding with a woman she despises. Another character awaits the arrival of his dead father’s remains. A third one is anxious because of the reencounter with her lover. Another woman hopes to recover the love of her husband, who is always travelling. Meanwhile, the last one is the president of a Julio Iglesia’s fan club. With highly achieved characters performed by María Valenzuela, Betiana Blum, Esmeralda Mitre, Cecilia Dopazo and Erika de Sautu Riestra.

Where and when

Picadilly theatre (Corrientes 1524, 4373-1900.) Wednesdays to Fridays, 9pm. Saturdays, 8.30pm and 10.30pm. Sundays, 8.30pm. Tickets for 240 pesos.

EMILIA. Written and directed by Claudio Tolcachir. This piece has been presented in various countries and it constitutes a radiography on human meanness. It is about childhood, tenderness, perversion and how sometimes human beings choose not to help others until its too late. Emilia has been a housemaid and a nanny for someone who is now a married man and a father. Emilia’s economic situation has taken a turn for the worse, so she pays a visit to this man, as a sort of reencounter and to ask for his help. But the man refuses to help with malicious gloating. Tolcachir’s piece represents a notable portrait on the nature of human beings. Marvelously performed by Elena Bogan, Gabo Correa, Adriana Ferrer, Francisco Lumerman and Carlos Portaluppi.

Where and when

Timbre 4 (México 3554, 4932-4395.)
Fridays and Saturdays, 9pm. Sundays, 7pm. Tickets for 90 pesos.

CEREMONIA DE HOMBRES SOLOS. By Humberto Rica. Set during the 30s, four men gather in an estate to play Russian roulette. In this strange situation, confessions arise, in which everyone brings to light their most unbearable love stories. Humiliation and unrequited love are also part of this piece, directed with a precise mise-en-scène and notable coordination between actors by Eva Halac. Starring Hernán Márquez, Marcos Horrisberger, Anibal Brito and Darío Bonheur.

Where and when

Andamio 90 (Paraná 660, 4373- 5670.) Saturdays, 8.30pm. Tickets for 70 pesos, students and pensioners 50 pesos.

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