Repertorio Español presents this dramatization of a novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez about a retired colonel whose pension, delayed 15 years by an overwhelming bureaucracy, becomes an obsession. More…
Reduced to penury despite his veteran status, the protagonist and his wife live in anticipation of his pay. But every Friday the mail launch, the only apparent contact with the outside world, comes and goes with the same declaration from the postmaster, “Nothing for the colonel. No one writes to the colonel.” Presented in Spanish, with visual captions in English.
"Viewing the dialogue this way is not distracting in the least...It made me aware once again of how much of a play is communicated non-verbally through gestures, facial expressions and situations...The play is true to the novella, breathing life and putting color into the action and the moods on the page...If you have never read Gabriel Garcia Marquez, this play is a faithful, excellent introduction to the writings of a great author...If you are a fan, you won’t be disappointed." Full Review
"A stunning production...Reflects Marquez's penchant for poignancy and poetry...Ability to entertain while drawing attention to the darker and less joyful aspects of our world...A magical show...The whole production is grounded in reality yet imaginative and on the whole is captivating...The actors portray vibrant, sensational characters that we all can relate to...The surprise of the whole performance is Horatius...He is beautiful and so incredibly cooperative throughout the entire production." Full Review
"El Repertorio Español has concerted this classic tale into a play that proves why it had Marquez’s favor...Deeply impactful. Finally, a play has premiered to show to difficulties of keeping your heart when you can barely keep a dime...An exceptional cast that surround Caramillo’s Coronel like planets orbiting the sun...'El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba' shows you that if your suffering is for long then make your laughs and loves even longer." Full Review
"The grandest presence onstage belongs to the smallest creature...a handsome rooster with a strikingly comfortable rapport with his principal scene partner...Intimate, transporting production...Jaramillo is a lovely, likable colonel...Playing opposite a chicken, he is an unflappable pleasure to watch...A solid production, whose design makes watching it feel like stepping into the pages of Márquez...A welcome immersion into another culture." Full Review
"A lovely adaptation of a lesser-known (but not lesser) work by Gabriel García Márquez...Triana’s production does a solid job of translating the necessary García Márquez-ness to the stage...More than just a gimmick, this insistence on Spanish is crucial to establishing the world of the play, especially when that world comes from García Márquez...'El Coronel No Tiene Quien le Escriba' is a great reason to check out Repertorio Español, especially if you’re never been." Full Review
"Triana proximates to the imaginings of García Márquez, on stage. It’s an elemental prowess for him as a director and adapter...There lies the realistic drama of Garcia Marquez on stage. Quiet gripping and pitiful. Kudos to the main actors for such portrayal. The morbid choreography of the funeral walk is eerie...'El Coronel’s' scenic design and the lighting design are indispensable elements to the show’s power." Full Review
"This is a drama in which the principal characters are largely inactive and very little happens...Under Mr. Triana’s direction, the fine cast manages to animate Gárcia Márquez’s absurdist tale with a sense of psychological momentum and narrative urgency. Jaramillo is believably bewildered as the unworldly colonel...As the wife, encumbered by illness, age, and the frustration of her husband’s inaction, Clares is at once strident and sympathetic." Full Review
"Every actor gives enthusiastic performances, which ignite the stage and the audience with a vibrant energy...The true scene stealer has to be the live rooster...Certain elements of the plot and dialogue echo absurdist theater...Those without an already existing appreciation for the style, the show's flow could prove confusing...Márquez's poetic style falters a little when adapted for the stage...A few key lines struggle to resonate clearly with the audience...Feels slightly outdated." Full Review
See it if you like thoughtful and suspenseful theater. At times makes you feel sad/uncomfortable/angry
Don't see it if you do not speak spanish and do not like to read subtitles (which were good!)
See it if you want to see Gabriel García Márquez's favorite novel come alive by a wonderful cast of Spanish speaking actors, with beautiful images.
Don't see it if you're looking for a light entertainment. Although there are fun moments in the play, it is a drama.
See it if You enjoy political themes. Garcia marqués’ writing. The symbolism of his work and great acting . you know Spanish or don’t mind subtitles.
Don't see it if The policial thematic doesn’t interest you. Garcia Marques is Too complicated Can’t understand Spanish or hates sub titles.
See it if you want to see a story with so much subtext that it could be its own play. With such a great writer, you can't go wrong. Go rooster!
Don't see it if you want a fast-paced, plot-heavy story. These characters are "stuck" in more than one sense.
See it if Examines the courage of one family’s efforts to get along in spite of vastly different beliefs....find common ground! The lyrics are Awesome
Don't see it if If you are unwilling to respect others views
See it if You like a fresh take on a classic Latin American novel. With awesome production value, acting and staging.
Don't see it if You don't like subtitles.
See it if you enjoy a very well acted and well staged drama in Spanish. --- The Spanish was very clear and easy to understand.
Don't see it if you don't like dramas or performances in Spanish.
See it if Great adaptation.Embedded with Magical Realism, as well as commentaries on social and political issues that are still relevant today.
Don't see it if everyone should see this fascinating play.
See it if you have read the novel, understand Spanish well, or want to stretch your horizons a little. (Subtitles are available in some seats.)
Don't see it if you don't relate at all to Colombian history/politics, don't understand Spanish and can't be bothered with subtitles, or are easily bored.
See it if you are willing to venture off Broadway. The English captions on the seat in front of you make the language barrier a nonissue.
Don't see it if you only enjoy large scale productions.
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