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Plays in non-conventional venues

One of the leading actresses of Mecánicas in the real garage-stage.
One of the leading actresses of Mecánicas in the real garage-stage.
One of the leading actresses of Mecánicas in the real garage-stage.
By Juan Carlos Fontana
Critic’s choice

MECÁNICAS. By Celina Rozenwurcel. The first thing to say about this play is that it is an original and attractive proposition, because it takes place in a real garage, the direction of which is only given with prior e-mail reservation (details below). A garage run by women, in the heart of Palermo neighbourhood, on the edge of broke. Distrustful clients, boycotting providers, auto parts that never arrive and an ever-growing debt. As fortuitous as it is unexpected, salvation arrives… but sometimes magical solutions come at a high price. This piece is a real hole-in-one, with great acting by Mariana Cavilli, Laila Duschatzky, Marcela Peidro and the author herself, Celina Rozenwurcel. Located in a garage on Darregueyra street.

Where & When:

To get the exact direction, reservations can be made at Sundays, 7pm. Tickets for 70 and 60 pesos.


PROYECTO POSADAS. By Andrés Binetti. A theatrical intervention worth seeing, for it merges the present and the past through the outlook of a group of youngsters, reminiscing the 70s in two well-elaborated acts. In the first act, several young people — through an imposed politicization — are led to admire the posadist movement and their Trotskyist leader Posadas — whose real name was Homero Rómulo Cristali Frasnelli — whom they are waiting to celebrate his birthday with. In the second part of the play, the audience sees a group of fillmakers trying to make a documentary, gathering declarations from a hairdresser who was formerly part of the movement. Humour, dark comedy and political theatre. Binetti — with admirable clarity — does not question, but exposes the fact that the “glorious 70s” were glorious for some people and hateful for others. For sure, a decade that defined the present in an essential way. Marvelously directed by Michelle Wejcman and exquisitely acted by a group of young people who — besides showing great enthusiasm — prove to have great talent. Starring Malalá González, María Eugenia Álvarez, Fabián Caero, Geraldine Lapiduz, David Ledezma and Laura Igelko. The play can be seen in a unique place in Buenos Aires: a barber shop/saloon/museum still operating in Caballito neighbourhood, with a bar that allows for coffee tasting on any given day.

Where & When:

La Época Barber Shop (Guayaquil 877, 1531751592.) Fridays, 9pm. Tickets for 85 pesos.


JULIO CÉSAR. Written by William Shakespeare. Luis Barreiro — in charge of the adaptation and direction of this classic that is now revamped including tango scenes — stated that this piece portrays a moment in history convulsed by politics, in which the human passions orbiting power have no hesitation when agitating the vulnerable social tissue. But in a deeper level, it constructs a succession of omens and dreams that the author traps into words that latter constitute what get things moving. In Julio César the protagonists have lost their sleep and in their large insomnia the consummate their deeds. Casio seeks to elevate Bruto as leader of the plot to kill César, but Bruto has already consideren that murder as the only means to save the republic. Brutally murdered halfway to the play, César becomes a constant presence after his death, remaining in the centre of the struggle for political power, like an unsettling shadow. Starring Iván Asborno, Fernando Blanes, Luciano Crispi and Ariel Li Gotti.

Where & When:

El Convento (Reconquista 269, 4264-1101.) Saturdays, 9pm. Tickets for 60 pesos.


VENIMOS DE MUY LEJOS. A collective creation hailing from the Drama Workshop of the Teatro Catalinas Sur. A classic of Buenos Aires’ billboard with 24 years of existence, though there’s always something new to find in the proposition. The play works as an homage to the past immigrants that populated the Río de la Plata’s coasts. Nevertheless, the piece has no anthropologic pretensions, neither does it have historical ones — the focus is put on telling the st ory of fathers and grandparents (even Italian or Spanish great grandparents) through typical characters, real stories and legends from La Boca neighbourhood. Family, weddings, children, conventillos, everything is told through songs, with a colourful vintage rhythm rooted in muscal theatre, circus or varieté shows. Starring different generations of the theatrical troupe, directed by Stella Giaquinto and Adhemar Bianchi.

Where & When:

Galpón de Catalinas (Benito Pérez Galdós 93, 4300 - 5707). Saturdays, 10pm. Tickets for 100 pesos.

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