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

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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.

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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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80
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

95
Front Row Center

"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

75
Off Off Online

"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

85
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

90
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

70
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

80
OSM!

"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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95
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing

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.

100
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great staging

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

85
Great acting, Great writing, 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.

85
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining

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.

82
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

88
Intelligent, Resonant, 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.

88
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

88
Absorbing, Intense, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

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.

95
Great acting, Must see, Great writing

See it if If you like intense play

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

100
Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging

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

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

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing

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

95
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.

100
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Great staging

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.

71
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if like traditional morals.

Don't see it if are not compassionate

100
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Great writing

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

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

95
Delightful, Exquisite, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Wonderful

Don't see it if N/A

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

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

95
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

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

100
During previews
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

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.

82
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Profound

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

80
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if If you are a fan of Garcia Marquez. The Repertorio always comes through with great acting and creative staging.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that are in Spanish or don't like to read subtitles (if you don't speak Spanish).

81
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like Spanish plays about Latin American life and Garcia Marquez's novel.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light comedy.



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