December 19, 2014
Strong characters who marked history
CRITIC’S CHOICEMACBETH, EL SUEÑO DE LAS BRUJAS. By William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Carlos Rivas. Generals Macbeth and Banquo have saved their country from invaders. Upon their return, three witches have prophesized Macbeth his destiny as future King of Scotland. But Prince Malcolm is the legitimate heir to the throne, getting in the way of Macbeth’s omen. So Macbeth and his wife start plotting to seize the throne by killing King Duncan and blaming his sons as the culprits. Shakespeare’s English classic acquires a newfound scenic vigour through Rivas’ version, in which Gabriela Toscano plays Macbeth — a man, as she has done previously in Hamlet — and Vanesa González portrays Lady Macbeth. The play’s mise-en-scène allows the viewer to observe how lies are installed as the preferred method in this story that shows a tyrant’s ruthless and limitless power. The cast is completed by Mercedes Spangenberg, Cecilia Dellatorre, Dalia Elnecavé, Andrés Portaluppi, Jorge Lifschitz and Carlos Rivas himself as King Duncan.
Where & When:
Teatro San Martín (Sarmiento 1551, 4374-1251). Fridays and Saturdays, 8.30pm; Sundays, 7.30pm. Tickets: 60 pesos.
SACCO Y VANZETTI. By Mauricio Kartun. 22 years after its premiere, this piece returns with new actors and a revamped mise-en-scène. The play dwells on injustice and the power of libertarian thinking, as observed by Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti — a shoe-maker and a fishmonger, respectably — two anarchist immigrants in 1920’s United States. The two of them meet in Boston, while living humbly under the working conditions imposed by the US system in those days. On April 15, 1920 they are incarcerated for alleged murder and armed robbery. During the trial, no hard evidence is presented but still they are found guilty and condemned to death by the electric chair — the execution is held in Massachussets, on August 23, 1927. 50 years later, Mitchell S. Dukakis — state governor at the time — vindicates the memory of these two innocent Italians and recognizes formally that Sacco and Vanzetti are innocent. Kartun’s piece proposes an acute and lucid account of the situation, based on documents, letters andofficial records. With great acting by Fabián Vena and Walter Quiróz, joined by Magela Zanotta, Maia Francia, Ricardo Díaz Mourelle, Jorge D`Elía and Luis Ziembrowski. Directed by Mariano Dossena.
Where & When:
Teatro Cervantes (Libertad 815, 4815-8883). Thursdays to Saturdays, 9pm; Sundays, 8.30pm. Tickets: 60 pesos.
LA SEÑORA KLEIN. By Nicholas Wright, adapted and translated by Ricardo Halac. Set in 1934’s London, Melanie Klein receives news of his son’s death in Budapest. Because of that, her daughter Melitta Schmideberg and her disciple Paula Heinmann arrive at her house, where the action takes place. These three women are sharp, witty exiled jews — three psychoanalysts sharing their brilliant thoughts in this black comedy about guilt, self-reproach and clinical observations. With precise direction by Eva Halac, starring María Leal, Fabiana García Lago and Laura López Moyano.
Where & When:
Teatro La Comedia (Rodríguez Peña 1062, 4815-5665.) Thursdays to Saturdays, 9pm. Sundays, 8pm. Tickets: 200 pesos.
AL FINAL DEL ARCO IRIS. By Meter Quilter. This piece constitutes a perfect fit for the talented actress Karina K. The plot revolves around the last months of Judy Garland’s life, portraying a revival of her greatest hits, exquisitely performed by Karina K, with musical direction by Alberto Favero. The audience will follow Garland’s darkest period — marked by her addictions — while she prepares for her last show in New York with her pianist and her last lover Anthony. With valuable acting by Karina K, Benjamín Rojas and Antonio Grimau. Directed by Ricky Pashkus.
Where & When:
Teatro Apolo (Corrientes Av. 1372, 4371-9454.) Wednesdays to Fridays, 9pm; Saturdays, 8.30pm and 10.45pm; Sundays, 8.30pm. Tickets: 200 and 240 pesos.