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Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter ( La Tia Julia y El Escribidor)

Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great writing
90
Critics
81
2 reviews
Members
90
28 reviews
 

Repertorio Español presents the story of Aunt Julia, who falls into an affair with her nephew, shocking her family and community. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles.

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When 18-year-old aspiring writer Mario falls in love with his aunt-in-law, he dives headfirst into a world of wild passion and forbidden love that scandalizes and entertains the novella-obsessed society of '50s Lima, Peru. Based on the autobiographical tale of Nobel Prize-winning writer Mario Vargas Llosa and adapted for the stage by Obie Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich.

 

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81
Avg Score

85
The New York Times

for a previous production “Romance meets boisterous farce in Caridad Svich’s lively adaptation of Mario Vargas Llosa’s autobiographical novel. And in that intersection, it’s the romance that triumphs. The show has parallel narratives set in the 1950s, skillfully evoked in Susan Zeeman Rogers’s set design; period mambo from Pérez Prado and others; and especially Leni Mendez’s costumes...The most compelling story belongs to Mario and Julia...Ms. Davi—whose Julia is sensual yet sensible—generates the star power." Full Review

75
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "'Tía Julia y El Escribidor' comes across as a well built and well performed play that reminds us about our passions, our faults as humans and the possibilities life opens up to us when we give it a chance. Definitely a show for those looking for a breath of fresh theatrical and poetic air." Full Review

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90
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84
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you liked the book

Don't see it if you didn't like the book

80
Funny, Intense, Romantic

See it if You're an English speaker willing to work to keep up with the play. Not my favorite show, but it was well done.

Don't see it if You don't speak fluent Spanish or aren't willing to read subtitles. Sometimes, the subtitles didn't keep up with the lines.

80
Quirky, Romantic, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you speak Spanish, like the original story Tia Julia by Mario Vargas Llosa, are interested in period plays set in Peru.

Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish. There are English subtitles, but from what I saw they were a little spotty & the displays on some seat didn't work

89
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy romantic comedies, Spanish language plays, and stories set in the 50s.

Don't see it if You don't understand any Spanish...although there are subtitles available, you will appreciate it more if you didn't have to read everything

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an absolutely delightful story by Mario Vargas Llosa on stage. Great actors, set, & clothing enhance this charming play, but

Don't see it if The subtitles were an effort in frustration with large swaths missing! They were slow-& then rushed over at a pace which made reading imposs

Also I would happily have given it a higher rating, except that I was frequ... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Want to see a wonderful show in Spanish with a wonderful cast, if you've read the book, or you enjoy comedy & romance.

Don't see it if You don't speak Spanish and need to rely on subtitles that don't translate as well as they should. Although these subtitles are at your seat

84
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You can speak Spanish fluently. I think this was a brilliant play/production. Great acting/costumes/sets but I couldn't follow the subtitles

Don't see it if Even if you're OK w/movie subtitles. It was very challenging to switch from digital screen to stage. Gonna read the book.

85
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like-romantic comedies-autobiographical pieces of great writers-foreign productions by great cast performed in original language

Don't see it if you don't like-reading subtitles-romance stories-romantic comedies

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if Romantic/Screwball comedy tells 2 tales: a forbidden, May-December romance that defies social prejudice, and the writer who inspired him

Don't see it if you don't like subtitles

Also Luis Carlos de La Lombana was exceptional as the peculiar and eccentri... Read more Read less

95
Funny, Enchanting, Romantic, Entertaining, Great adaptation

See it if You've read the book- it's a clever and entertaining stage interpretation of the central characters and their entanglements.

Don't see it if the Spanish language barrier would be an issue which the subtitles wouldn't overcome.

Also I reread the novel before seeing this show and thoroughly enjoyed this... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Romantic

See it if you enjoy plays in Spanish or even you don't speak Spanish. There are English subtitles. It's very well-acted and a compelling story.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy stories about forbidden romance or don't think you'd enjoy a play performed in a language different from your own.

90
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You will see you hispanic relatives in it!!!

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy comedy!!

100
Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Romantic, Great staging

See it if you enjoy bildungsroman plays with great acting and surprising twists

Don't see it if you do not like foreign language theatre

86
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to experience well acted, entertaining theater in Spanish. Quite humorous as well as romantic.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play in Spanish. Otherwise, go see it. Quite enjoyable!

92
Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You like fully produced off broadway shows, comedy, strong acting and storytelling, high energy theater with traditional plotting etc.

Don't see it if You dislike Spanish language plays, or reading English subtitles (in front of seat). The subtitling was off which hurt my eyes a bit.

87
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Edgy

See it if You want to hear a different story from a different perspective

Don't see it if Subtitles turn you off

100
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy romantic comedies well made, and appreciate productions values like costumes, lightning, music, scenery, etc.

Don't see it if You're boring.

100
Funny, Enchanting, Hilarious

See it if You like high-spirited comedies.

Don't see it if You don't like long plays.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You like family topics , which I do. The acting was great, the story was wonderful, and true to life. I loved it! I highly recommend it.

Don't see it if You do not like adult family matters. It is not for kids.

Also The acting was excellent.

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy an entertaining story of a young man with a crush on an older woman, and you don't mind one character (Pedro) is a caricature.

Don't see it if you don't understand Spanish or don't want to read titles in English or Spanish, or if you don't enjoy a character who is a caricature.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Romantic, Great writing

See it if you like Mario Vargas Llosa writing, want to see great actors, if you like comedies and romance stories

Don't see it if you don't like romance stories. The show is in Spanish with English subtitles.

100
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Like comedies with great characters and witty dialogue.

Don't see it if If you don't speak enough Spanish.

98
Delightful, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You like a Romantic Comedy

Don't see it if You prefer Drama.

90
Funny, Great acting, Romantic, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you don't mind the subtitles and want to see a foreign production produced in its original language by a great cast

Don't see it if you don't like reading subtitles, romance stories, or romantic comedies

100
Funny, Clever, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love romantic comedies. This one is in Spanish (translation available) it makes it more lovely.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays. It's 2h 30m, But time flies. It's really good.