Griselda Gambaro born July 24, is an Argentine writer, whose novels, plays, short stories, story tales, essays and novels for teenagers often concern the political violence in her home country that would develop into the Dirty War. One recurring theme is the desaparecidos and the attempts to recover their bodies and memorialize them. Her novel Ganarse la muerte was banned by the government because of the obvious political message. One cannot help wondering whether the first audiences for this play would have identified the menacing figures who appear in it with particular political or public faces. On one hand this play is an outcry and a prescient warning about this the misuse of authority and fearful acquiescence before it and on the other a picture of the exploitation, cruelty and even torture that even partners or siblings can inflict upon each other.

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Both are ostensibly about doomed love affairs, but both apparently have deeper themes too. This fact is noted in the program, so most of the audience should be aware of it. Her play translated by Margaret Feitlowitz is a stark catalogue of totalitarian horrors, disguised as a domestic drama set in an aristocratic household in the s.

Soon the tutor responds, and they actively plan their escape together. In the first part of the play, the title and the red and black scenic and costume design credit Gregory Hopkins and Michael Growler, respectively are merely omens of the gore to come.

But director Steven Avalos and his cast interpret their tale with sufficient conviction so that in the end, the audience takes it seriously. Marz maintains an admirable balance of desperation and dignity. A fresh-scrubbed teen-ager Kei Hayashi arrives for the work and falls for the prostitute, only to discover that she knew his now dead father Charles Chun, onstage as a ghost as well. The bedroom scenes simmer, thanks primarily to a sensual performance by Yang.

But the larger point Lim is trying to make about the exploitation of these people is largely lost in the hazy lyricism of the ghost character and the self-conscious speechifying of several of the others. Thursday, Friday and Nov. Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes. Saturday and Nov. Hot Property. About Us. Brand Publishing. Times News Platforms. Times Store. Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Share Close extra sharing options.


THEATER REVIEW : Plays About More Than Doomed Love



Authoring the Scene, Playing the Role: Mothers and Daughters in Griselda Gambaro's La malasangre



Griselda Gambaro


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