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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Happy Birthday Nuria Espert: “a Great Actor And a Force of Nature” by Maria Delgado

Nuria Espert turns 89 today. Hers has been an extraordinary career and it’s not over yet. She has just spent over 13 months on tour with La isla del aire/The island of the air, a new play …

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Anything Can Be Bought If The Price Is Right: Juan Mayorga’s “La Colección” (The Collection) by Maria Delgado

Juan Mayorga might have been a crime writer in another life, he loves to set up complex, menacing conceits that explore behaviour on the fringes of criminality. What constitutes right? How f…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Staging Justice: Miguel del Arco revisits Jordi Casanovas’ “Jauría” and the case of “la manada” (the wolfpack) by Maria Delgado

Seeing a play you much admired five years ago for a third time isn’t always sensible. Will it be as good as you remember it? I saw Jauría, Jordi Casanovas’ verbatim play based on the ca…

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Monday, March 25, 2024

A Triple Bill on Desire and its Discontents: “La Voix Humaine”, “Erwartung” and Something in Between at Madrid’s Teatro Real by Maria Delgado

There are a number of firsts in the new Teatro Real production triple bill that brings together Francis Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine (1959), adapted from Jean Cocteau’s 1930 play, and Arnol…

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Alfredo Sanzol Stages Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba”: Simmering Passions, Solitude and Surveillance by Maria Delgado

The 2023/2024 season has proved the year of Bernarda Albas. Lorca’s 1936 drama was completed only a few months before his death, as Spain was edging closer to civic conflict. Its razor-sha…

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Friday, March 22, 2024

“ANGELA (a Strange Loop)”: The Wild and Wonderful World of Susanne Kennedy by Maria Delgado

Susanne Kennedy doesn’t do things by half. When she creates a world, it has its own logic, its own rules, its own ethos. It’s not a world of participation but one where the audience are …

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Peter Sellars’ “Beatrice di Tenda”: Freedom, Defiance, and Tyranny by Maria Delgado

Vincenzo Bellini’s penultimate opera, Beatrice di Tenda, rests between two more frequently performed works, Norma (1831) and I puritani (1835) – the latter his eleventh and final opera…

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Alberto Conejero’s “En Mitad de Tanto Fuego” (In the Midst of So Much Fire): Addressing the Gaps from the Margins by Maria Delgado

Alberto Conejero’s trajectory as a playwright has been rooted in telling the stories that have lain in the margins, side-lined or erased. He has a remarkable capacity to address that which…

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Rage and Fury: Calixto Bieito Stages Aribert Reimann’s “Lear” at the Teatro Real Madrid by Maria Delgado

Shakespeare’s King Lear has defied composers who refused invitations to render this bleakest of tragedies into opera: Berlioz, Britten, Verdi were all at some point approached about an ope…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

“Misericordia” (Mercy) at Madrid’s Teatro Valle Inclán: Families, (Auto)fiction and Exile by Maria Delgado

There is a lot to admire in Denise Despeyroux’s newest play produced by the Centro Dramático Nacional at Madrid’s Valle-Inclán theatre. Misericordia (Mercy) is about how we look back a…

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A Beginner’s Guide To Santiago a Mil 2024: 10 Key Takeaways From One of Latin America’s Most Important Theatre Festivals by Maria Delgado

Santiago a Mil is an annual theatre and performing arts festival held in the Chilean capital in summer. Since 1994 it has been welcoming audiences to its programme of activities across the c…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Dealing with a Difficult Past: Guillermo Calderón’s “Villa” at Santiago a Mil by Maria Delgado

Catching up with Guillermo Calderón’s Villa at Santiago a Mil after almost 12 years has been a treat. This is not because it presents easy or pleasurable subject matter but rather because…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Actor on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: “El Brote” (The Break) at Santiago a Mil by Maria Delgado

El Brote (The Break) is the tale of an actor who doesn’t feel he’s had the career breaks his talent deserves. The opinionated Beto has taken on a range of secondary roles with a state-su…

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Saturday, January 20, 2024

Performance and Politics: “Parlamento” (Parliament) Storm Santiago a Mil by Maria Delgado

Piel de Lava have been making work for 20 years and it shows. Elisa Carricajo, Valeria Correa, Pilar Gamboa and Laura Paredes may be best known in the English-speaking world for their film w…

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Making a Film on Santiago’s Streets: “Efectos especiales” at Santiago a Mil by Maria Delgado

Think of a film set where the audience gathered on the streets are not fully aware that they are watching a film being made: they know there is action and fireworks are coming but not a lot …

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Depression and discontents: Daniel Veronese’s staging of “La persona deprimida” (The Depressed Person) at Santiago a Mil by Maria Delgado

I read David Foster Wallace’s short story The Depressed Person soon after it was published in Harper’s Magazine in 1998. Capturing the insular circularity of chronic depression, it staye…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

From 1984 to 2024: Teatro Ictus’s “Primavera Con Una Esquina Rota” (Springtime In a Broken Mirror) at Santiago a Mil by Maria Delgado

Primavera con una esquina rota (Springtime in a broken mirror) has acquired a legendary status. First produced by Teatro Ictus in 1984, this adaptation of Mario Benedetti’s eponymous 1982 …

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

“María Isabel” at Santiago a Mil: Staging Political Agency by Maria Delgado

How does one “write” a life for the stage? This question lies at the heart of Ana Luz Ormazábal’s brilliantly inventive staging of María Isabel, presented as part of Santiago a Mil, …

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Saturday, January 6, 2024

Miguel del Arco’s “Rigoletto” at Madrid’s Teatro Real: in-yer-face opera for in-yer-face times by Maria Delgado

I am going to be honest. I didn’t see Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Real. I had wanted and planned to go but, in the end, circumstances conspired against me. The opportunity to watch the reco…

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

The opening of Barcelona’s newest theatre: Àlex Rigola stages Thomas Bernhard’s “L’Home de Teatre” by Maria Delgado

The relationship between theatre and life has been pervaded the work of dramatists from Shakespeare to Maria Irene Fornes. The porosity of the relationship, the boundaries and fissures of th…

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Friday, April 21, 2023

Easy Reading (or not): Cristina Morales’s “Lectura fácil” on the stage by Maria Delgado

There is nothing easy about Alberto San Juan’s Lectura fácil. His adaptation of Cristina Morales’ prizewinning novel, published in English by Penguin as Easy Reading in 2022, follows th…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

The brilliance of Nuria Espert: secrets, lies and “La isla del aire” by Maria Delgado

Alejandro Palomas has transformed his acclaimed 2005 novel La isla del aire (The Island of Air) into a play. The textured novel weaving together the voices of three generations of women deal…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Remembering a silenced teacher: Xavier Bobés and Alberto Conejero’s “El mar. Visión de unos niños que no lo han visto nunca”/”The Sea. Visi by Maria Delgado

Xavier Bobés is one of those remarkable artists able to conjure a world through a few objects that he animates with a magician’s sense of the unexpected. His dramaturgy provides the spect…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Friendships and its discontents: Juan Mayorga’s “Amistad” by Maria Delgado

Juan Mayorga, one of Spain’s most decorated dramatists — a member of Spain’s Spanish Royal Academy since 2019 and recipient of the Princess of Asturias Literature Prize in 2022 — is …

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Josep Maria Pou excels in a minimalist Catalan-language production of Florian Zeller’s “The Father” by Maria Delgado

Florian Zeller’s The Father, first produced in 2012, remains a timely play for various reasons. It provides a direct and confrontational examination of the challenges of living with dement…

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Monday, February 13, 2023

Àlex Rigola’s lean, mean riff on “Hedda Gabler” by Maria Delgado

Catalan director Àlex Rigola, the former artistic director of the Venice Biennale’s theatre section, likes boxes. Many of his scenographic configurations have gravitated around a structur…

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Friday, December 25, 2020

The End of An Era: Goodbye and Thank-you to the Pavón Teatro Kamikaze by Maria Delgado

It’s December 22nd, not quite the night before Christmas but not far off, and the news has just reached me that Kamikaze productions will leave Madrid’s Pavón theatre, with its spectacu…

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Culture matters: Lluís Pasqual, Pedro Almodóvar and Spain’s Cultural Sector Respond to the Seeming Indifference of the Country’s Minister of Cul by Maria Delgado

There was a moment on April 7th when the vision for culture in Spain under Covid-19 looked pretty bleak. While a series of streaming options were offering salvation to a nation under lockdow…

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Juan Mayorga: A View from Madrid by Maria Delgado

In late March, as Spain experienced the effects of Coronavirus lockdown, publishing house uÑa RoTa asked their authors—novelists, dramatists, poets, essayists—to film a video to post on…

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Paranoia at the Fore in Steppenwolf’s Revival of Tracy Letts’s “Bug” by Maria Delgado

Tracy Letts’s Bug may be fourteen years old, but this tale of a couple convinced that they are suffering an insect infestation feels infinitely more topical now than when it was first seen…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Catalonia Under the Scalpel in Guillem Clua’s impressive “Justícia/Justice” by Maria Delgado

Guillem Clua has produced a varied body of work for the Catalan theatre. His plays sometimes have a feelgood quality, as with Smiley (2012), a queer love story for the twenty-first century. …

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards