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Dominant-submissive game in absurd humour

Jorge Marrale (left) and Jorge Suárez in a scene from El crédito.
By Juan Carlos Fontana

Four interesting options to enjoy in Buenos Aires from Wednesdays to Sundays

EL CRÉDITO. By Jordi Galcerán. The author of El Método Grönholm proposes a new piece in which the victim-perpetrator dynamic is presented from the beginning. The action takes place around a unique place: a bank manager’s desk. A common man approaches it to request a loan, without any guarantees. But Galcerán’s wit manages to transform something seemingly tedious into a sort of macabre dance, in which the men will question not only their honour, but their beliefs, discovering in the way how much they can cheat to maintain their dignity intact. With the distinguished acting of Jorge Marrale and Jorge Suárez, along with a solid direction by Daniel Veronese.

Where & When
El Picadero theatre (Enrique Santos Discépolo 1857, 5199-5793.) Wednesdays to Fridays, 8.30pm; Saturdays, 8.30pm and 10.30pm; Sundays, 8.30pm. Tickets: 200 pesos.

MEDUSA. By Ximena Carrera and the Chilean production company La Trompeta. This piece may be included in the “psychological realism” genre. According to its director Sebastián Vila, the play narrates the story of three female inmates — Mariana, Carmen and Nina — who have been made collaborators of a State-security agency. Their special condition allows them to be outside of the detention facility, sharing a small flat in the city centre. Conflict arises when Mariana decides to end their “comfortable” life by not telling on a previous lover. Based on true facts, the piece is nicely acted by Carmina Riego, Macarena Basterrica and Ximena Carrera.

Where & When
Celcit (Moreno 431, 4342-1026.) Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 at 9.30pm; Sunday, July 20 at 7pm. Tickets: 60 pesos.

DOS ALMAS EN EL MUNDO. By Vicente Battista. In this play, a mother and a daughter choose to trade places, establishing a perverse game while they remained locked inside a room, waiting for someone who may never arrive. Here, the dominant-submissive dynamic acquires an unexpected ending. The play is musicalized with boleros, with musical direction by Gerardo Gardelín. Starring Paula Kohan and Mariana Jaccazio. Directed by Walter Velásquez.

Where & When
Centro Cultural de la Cooperación (Corrientes 1543, 5077-8000.) Sundays, 8pm.

EN CORRAL AJENO. Written and directed by Soledad Manes, this piece is a one-man-show, stupendously performed by Israeli actress Mijal Katzowicz. Merging the real world with the revue theatre world is something apparently absurd; nevertheless, everything seems possible in this piece. The anecdote is quite simple: a young woman accidentally cuts — while pruning a hedge — the fence of a hen house she was supposed to look after, truncating her daily chore of picking up the eggs. She then looks for a way to recover the now-missing chickens — the intense struggle for the chicken’s return takes her to perform unimaginable actions. The play’s director defines her piece with some quotes from Clarice Lispector’s The Book of Pleasures, in which she says “she would be an unclear stain of instincts, sweetness and ferociousness, a trembling irradiation of peace and struggle, like she was humanly, but she would be so in a permanent way: because if her world wasn’t human, she would be a bug.”

Where & When
La casona iluminada (Corrientes 1979, 4953-4232). Fridays, 9pm. Tickets: 80 pesos.

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