Samuel Buggeln, a New York theatre director and designer, is presently in Buenos Aires, where he is researching the Argentinian theatre world.
This is part of a series of Samuel’s special reports from Buenos Aires. See more at his blog 25weeksbsas.blogspot.com.ar.
BUENOS AIRES | Hello gentle readers of in the culture of one world. I’m living in Buenos Aires for six months (through the end of this year), seeing theatre and blogging about that and other stuff. If you like, you can catch up at 25weeksbsas.blogspot.com.ar.
OK — Viejo, sólo y puto was fascinating. I’m loathe to translate the title, because it sounds jaunty in Spanish but kind of nasty and self-pitying in English (Old Lonely Faggot maybe? Terrible.) This is something the Argentines do really well. It reminded me more of Tolcachir than anything else I’ve seen here, though of course this is a different writerly voice (it belongs to Sergio Boris).
It’s a super rough dark comedy set in the back room of a run-down pharmacy in a seedy suburb, where our sad-sack young pharmacist comes back late at night to find his older brother, the brother’s friend (a guy in the “pharmaceutical industry,” wink wink), and a coupla tranny hookers holding court.
A little bit seventies, right? In a totally good way.
As usual I’d gotten hold of the script in advance, and it was a truly eye-opening experience.
Continue reading about Viejo, sólo y puto at 25weeksbsas.blogspot.com.ar/2013/10/nasty.html
See more posts about Argentinian theater at 25weeksbsas.blogspot.com.ar
Samuel Buggeln’s official website is www.buggeln.net.