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El Coronel No Tiene Quien le Escriba

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent

About the show

(On hiatus until 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.

Member Reviews (42)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent
Avg Score

Profound, Great writing, Romantic, Slow

See it if If you like an even paced story that can lull you a little. Good acting, staging and direction.

Don't see it if If subtitles are not your thing. If you need a fast paced play in a big theater.

Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a great story, wonderfully paced, with great acting on a very untrusting set that grabs you fro the start and holds you to the end

Don't see it if you want a lot of fast action and are not patient with a leisurely paced story. You don't understand Spanish and don't like supertitles.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

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.

Atmospheric, Classic, Thought-provoking, Slow, Dated

See it if you are interested in productions in foreign languages. You don’t mind a slow yet atmospheric storytelling with little to no action.

Don't see it if you prefer fast paced shows. You are bored by little to no action on stage. You don’t like small-budget, intimate venues.

Exquisite, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Well-lit stage,grt design set&costumes take you2Garcia Marquez favorite work. Terrific acting by the entire cast. Colombia 1950s,or*

Don't see it if uninterested in play in Spanish with subtitles.

Also *the years of "la violencia".... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you enjoy meaningful foreign stories or drama, especially when based on a great writer's work

Don't see it if you want fluff

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining

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.

Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Enchanting

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.

Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you enjoy smart, thought-provoking story telling and theater. You like Spanish literature. Theater at its purest

Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish and don't enjoy theater that is subtitled. You need elaborate staging, special effects, a lot of action

Slow, Great staging

See it if know spanish and familiar with the story and the historical period.

Don't see it if you cannot sit through a lot o f talk without much action

Thought-provoking, Great staging, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy literature coming to life. This is a great staging and acting of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ work. The rooster is star.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy performances in a language other than English. You are expecting musicals or a modern take on a classic.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Dated

See it if You are looking for a slow paced story about a struggling family. Acting and the set was wonderful. The rooster was a cool touch.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fast paced play with lots of action.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Garcia Marquez. You want a good story and acting

Don't see it if you expect something light. You don't like the Spanish language.

Great staging, Great writing, Profound, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of your favorite writer.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a drama

Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Ambitious

See it if If you are a fan of the book. Great acting.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the book. There were instances were you can get confused about what is happening.

Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Classic tale, very well executed

See it if A great way to spend the evening, with Garcia Lorca, fantastic actors and an amazing rooster.

Don't see it if You need a great big splash.

Great acting, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if - You like Gabriel Garcia Marquez- the play stays true to the story! - If you want to see a rooster on stage- he was a great actor!

Don't see it if - You do not like Marquez’ short story “El Coronel...” - You want to see a play with a lot of action and different sub plots

Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound

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!)

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You’re a fan of gracia-Marquez. If you want to see something that sticks with you and makes you think about long after it’s iver

Don't see it if You like fluff and just want to feel good

Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing

See it if If they love great music

Don't see it if You don’t like biographical

Intense, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you like deep stories of existence and great acting to tell these stories

Don't see it if you don't understand cultural diversity and hate plays in a foreign language

Great staging, Masterful, Profound, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if great acting

Don't see it if don't like non English theater

Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You like Latin-American literature and masterpiece adaptations.

Don't see it if Don't like simultaneous translations.

Absorbing, Intense, Profound, Resonant, Relevant

See it if See it if you love adaptations of great literature

Don't see it if If you don't want to see a realistic struggle of two people who are having a hard time along in life.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you enjoyed the novel, and are a fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This is an awesome adaptation of the books.

Don't see it if You don't like subtitles.

April 2nd, 2018
"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 w...
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May 23rd, 2018
"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, espe...
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March 14th, 2018
"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 ...
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April 7th, 2018
"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 ...
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