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Soccer & countryside: uniting, dividing people

A scene from Es un sentimiento by Bernardo Cappa.
By Juan Carlos Fontana

Four pieces depicting passion, identity, love and what being Maradona’s daughter feels like

CRITIC’S CHOICE

Hija de Dios. By Dalma Maradona and Erika Halvorsen. Maradona’s daughter talks about her relationship with her father, both nowadays and in the past; its contradictions and the amount of love “el Diego” holds for her. Co-author of this biographic drama, Dalma said that “everyone — before being who we actually are — is someone’s child. We come to the world like this, even before being named. We inherit facial features, genes, blood, ideas. We inherit stories, anecdotes and a sense of humour; love and hate, fanatical ideas and controversy. And then, our life is left to build ourselves as individuals, unique and free. This piece shows the construction of an I am, starting from the deconstruction of what He is. Because He is an idol, a genius, a goal, a myth, the famous number ten and God. But, foremost, he is my father.” Dalma Nerea Maradona was born on April 2, 1987; the daughter of Diego Armando Maradona and Claudia Rosana Villafañe. A year before her birth — after the 1986 World Cup — a publication affirmed that her father was more famous than Jesus. Director Erika Halvorsen defines this piece as a sort of thesis, an essay and a catharsis. It is a first-person story, a testimony of life — documentary theatre indeed. Starring Dalma Maradona and Mariano Bicain.

Where and when

Cultural San Martín (Sarmiento 1551, 4373 3867). Fridays and Saturdays, 9pm; Sundays, 8pm. Tickets from 80 pesos.

En la huerta. Written and directed by Mariana Chaud. This piece by actress, director and playwright Mariana Chaud was featured in the Proyecto Manuales cycle, organized by the Rojas Cultural Centre in 2012. Offering a highly attractive theatrical value, the piece is based on the book El Horticultor Autosuficiente by John Seymour . It tells the story of a man who decides to leave the city due to a romantic fallout and base himself in a small family-owned estate to develop an organic orchard with the help a farmer. The story had a previous version, in which the focus was put on the man-woman relationship; in this case, it focuses on a man-man relationship. Discrimination, attraction and the desire born out of a stormy day are key-points of the plot, which encompasses absurd humour as part of a string of actions that captivate the audience from the beginning up until the end. With valuable acting by William Prociuk and Ezequiel Díaz.

Where and when

El Portón de Sánchez (Sánchez de Bustamante 1034, 4863-2848). Fridays, 11pm. Tickets for 90 pesos.

Perro, un cuento ruraL. Written and directed by Hernán Grinstein. This piece emerged as a montage directed by Claudio Tolcachir in 2008, set in his hall at Timbre 4. It is a play that defies realism with hard poetical resources, to which a group of actors give life with unusual aesthetical commitment. The piece is presumed to be set between the towns of Arrecifes and Capitán Sarmiento, where five people — men and women — take care of themselves, get locked in, insult and encourage each other. A fight between two “beasts” breaks loose, everyone bets for the Dog, there’s money involved and blood is expected as a trophy of defeat or oblivion. Grinstein said that “the mechanism that starts functioning takes men to glory or to the grave.” Starring Francisco Franco, Tulio Gómez Alzaga, Hernàn Grinstein, José María Marcos and Maday Méndez

Where and when

Timbre 4 (México 3554, 4932-4395). Saturdays, 11.15pm. Tickets for 90 pesos.

Es un sentimiento. Written and directed by Bernardo Cappa. Mario seems to have badly chosen the moment to return to his home, in la Matanza. Almirante Brown’s barrabrava is fighting over a missing flag. Lisandra — Mario’s mother — is keeping the flag in the household, Virgi — her granddaughter — brought it to her when she was dating Astroboy, the chief of one of the barrabrava’s factions. Hedda is Mario’s girlfriend, she is from abroad, and he wants her to have some asado, play truco and go to a soccer match — he wants her to live an Argentine day to win her heart forever. But there are no chorizos in the butchers and (as weird as it seems) this ignites the conflict. Jorge — Mario and Sombra’s bigger brother, who responds to He Man, another faction leader — can’t stop Hedda from learning about the mob-like ramblings of his boyfriend’s family. Out of this original family feud, the spectator is a witness. Starring Fernando De Rosa, Erik Eik, Maia Lancioni, Guido Losantos, Cristina Maresca and Bernardo Cappa.

Where and when

Andamio 90 (Paraná 660, 4373 5670). Saturdays, 10.30pm. Tickets for 70 pesos.

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