Samuel Buggeln, a New York theatre director and designer, is presently in¬†Buenos Aires, where he is researching the¬†Argentine¬†theatre world.
This is part of a series of Samuel‚Äôs 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‚Äôm 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, s√≥lo y puto¬†was fascinating. I‚Äôm 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‚Äôve seen here, though of course this is a different writerly voice (it belongs to Sergio Boris).
It‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôd gotten hold of the script in advance, and it was a truly eye-opening experience.
Continue reading about Viejo, s√≥lo y puto¬†at¬†25weeksbsas.blogspot.com.ar/2013/10/nasty.html
See more posts about Argentinian theater at¬†25weeksbsas.blogspot.com.ar
Samuel Buggeln‚Äôs official website is¬†www.buggeln.net.