Repertorio Espanol's revival of Lorca's tragic tale of a cloistered world of women in 1930's Spain.
Bernarda Alba is a dominating woman, who, after the death of her second husband, imposes an eight year period of mourning on her five adult daughters, whom she has always controlled to an excessive degree. The mourning period further isolates the daughters, and tension mounts within the household. A story of pretensions, self-deceits and destructive willfulness in a world of women who are all victims.
Written by Federico Garcia Lorca. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles.
"This new staging moves so fast as to become a headlong rush to tragedy...The greatest strength of this production lies in its exploitation of the acid humor and the irony in virtually every line...You can laugh at many of the lines and be amused by the hypocrisy of these characters, and still come away appalled at their fate...Mr. Buch's reading of the play is acute and sensitive. It shares with some of Garcia Lorca's best poetry a sense of bitter mockery that barely masks despair."