Samuel Buggeln, a New York theatre director and designer, is presently inÂ Buenos Aires, where he is researching theÂ ArgentineÂ theatre world.
This is part of a series of Samuelâ€™s special reports from Buenos Aires. See more at his blogÂ 25weeksbsas.blogspot.com.ar.Â
BUENOS AIRES | Â Hello gentle readers of in the culture of one world. Iâ€™m living in Buenos Aires for six months (through the end of this year), seeingÂ theatreÂ andÂ bloggingÂ about thatÂ and other stuff. Â If you like, you can catch up atÂ 25weeksbsas.blogspot.com.ar.
OK — Viejo, sĂłlo y putoÂ was fascinating. Iâ€™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.) Â This is something the Argentines do really well. It reminded me more ofÂ TolcachirÂ than anything else Iâ€™ve seen here, though of course this is a different writerly voice (it belongs to Sergio Boris).
Itâ€™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 brotherâ€™s friend (a guy in the “pharmaceutical industry,” wink wink), and a coupla tranny hookers holding court.
A little bit seventies, right? Â In a totally good way.
As usual Iâ€™d gotten hold of the script in advance, and it was a truly eye-opening experience.
Continue reading about Viejo, sĂłlo y putoÂ atÂ 25weeksbsas.blogspot.com.ar/2013/10/nasty.html
See more posts about Argentinian theater atÂ 25weeksbsas.blogspot.com.ar
Samuel Buggelnâ€™s official website isÂ www.buggeln.net.