New York | Open run

El Coronel No Tiene Quien le Escriba

From 8 critic and 27 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great staging

About the show

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.

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"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

Times Square Chronicles

"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

Diandra Reviews it All

"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 New York Times

"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

Theatre is Easy

"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

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"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

Washington Square News

"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

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

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

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

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!)

Enchanting, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful

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.

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

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 singing, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

See it if If they love great music

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

Entertaining, Resonant, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

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.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing

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 writing, Great acting, Entertaining

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.

Clever, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing, Great staging

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

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

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

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

Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You love Spanish Language Theatre and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Don't see it if You can't do simultext in English and watch the show at the same

Must see, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if you love to see great acting. The live rooster and the main character are phenomenal.

Don't see it if you just enjoy staying at home.

Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Must see, Great writing, Great acting

See it if If you like intense play

Don't see it if Don’t like plays about real problems

Relevant, Resonant, Profound, Intense, Absorbing

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.

Intelligent, Epic, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you like García Marquez work and meaningful stories with a depressing edge

Don't see it if You just want light entertainment

Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if like traditional morals.

Don't see it if are not compassionate

Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like clever shows that are really well done.

Don't see it if Don't speak spanish.

Profound, Great writing, Absorbing

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

Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Delightful, Exquisite

See it if Wonderful

Don't see it if N/A

During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

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.

During previews
Ambitious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Also I didn't know anything about the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but ... Read more Read less

During previews
Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Also German Jaramillo was great as the protagonist.We get to see Colombia's... Read more Read less

During previews
Profound, Ambitious, Great acting

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.

Also This is based on a well-known Gabriel García Márquez novella, but sinc... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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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