Already closed | 1h 20m | Gramercy

Valor, Agravio y Mujer

From 40 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Ambitious

About the show

Repertorio Español's 50th season kicks off with the U.S. premiere of this 17th-century Spanish comedy, a parody of the erotic myth of Don Juan. More…

A comedy of honor, Ana Caro Mallén de Soto's play criticizes the social customs of her era, notably the position of women. The play is considered especially remarkable in its uncommon depiction of its heroine, Leonor. In defiance of popular tradition, Leonor doesn't require the aid of a man, and her happy ending is one of her own making. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext® In-Seat Captioning System. By request for matinee performances.

1h 20m | Already closed | Repertorio Espanol (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (40)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Ambitious
79
Avg Score

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, 17th c female playwright!, Problematic subtitles

See it if you are a native speaker. VAYM is a worthy play in a worthy production. Acting is impressive, staging creative, costumes fabulous. Fun plot.

Don't see it if you aren't fluent in Sp. Subtitles are awful w signif lag btw spoken line & text. Can't watch the stage nor keep up w lines. Too much lost!

72
Classic with a twist, Well acted, Historically interesting

See it if you are interested in classical European theater & would like to see an infrequently performed example of it.

Don't see it if you do not understand Spanish & have trouble negotiating subtitles from a small screen on the seat in front of you--or even further.

Also The acting style, of the company as a whole and for individual actors,... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Entertaining, Dizzying, Quirky, Funny

See it if you enjoy watching an old play brought to life by an energetic cast who make it relevant for today's audience.

Don't see it if you have any difficulty with a lot of old-style dialogue, whether understanding the Spanish or keeping up with the English translation.

87
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Enjoyable, great show, love the acting

Don't see it if You want English only show.

Also The play has the translation of the English if you don't know Spanish.... Read more Read less

86
Refreshing, Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you love a good con! You like discovering centuries old plays that still sparkle. It’s delicious.

Don't see it if you’re not into 1600s comedies in any language (disguises that would fool no one, high nobles & low servants, convenient body doubles).

Also I don't speak Spanish & found the beginning a bit hard to follow. Miss... Read more Read less

60
Mishmosh staging, Quirky direction, Extremely ambitious, Dizzying / confusing, Over-the-top

See it if you enjoy prose. Highly over-rated. Confusing from the word "GO" (and spanish is my first language). High expectations; very disappointed.

Don't see it if you don't get prose. Bad enough there were FOUR different spanish accents among the 9, all trying desperately to emote in old-world prose.

Also Even Zulema Clares, stage-stalwart personified, was just meh.... Read more Read less

73
Entertaining, Inventive staging, Fine acting

See it if you enjoy romantic parodies, understand Spanish, & enjoy seeing a woman playing a man with aplomb.

Don't see it if you don't understand Spanish & find it difficult to read very small subtitles.

81
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like parodies. I used subtitles and thought the story was riveting from start to end.

Don't see it if You do not like Spanish subtitled plays.

70
Funny, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You are experienced with "literary Spanish". You like Shakespeare, cross-dressing, deception, turning the tables on men.

Don't see it if You hate subtitles, your Spanish is only conversational, you get frustrated by too many characters

70
Clever, Entertaining, Good staging, Good acting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy parodies.

Don't see it if You prefer straight forward plays or musicals and if you have issues reading subtitles rapidly.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Intense, Great acting

See it if you enjoy stories set in the 17th century Spain (including language) and dramatic, romantic comedies.

Don't see it if you dislike strong female characters, period pieces/costumes, or poetic dialogue.

Also My Spanish is mostly conversational, so it took me a while to follow t... Read more Read less

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great costumes, Funny

See it if You are interested in romantic comedy with a twist. I believe the way the story is being told stay true to the historical era of time.

Don't see it if You really don't like to stare at the subtitle screen through out the whole performance, yes it was performed in Spanish.

100
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy classic plays of women regaining their honor without a man's help

Don't see it if you don't like plays in a foreign language, but take advantage of a worthy, entertaining, subtitled play written by woman 4 centuries ago.

Also There were several women writers during the 16th through 18th centurie... Read more Read less

75
Classical, Resonant, Funny, Enlightening

See it if you enjoy discovering little known plays from "The Golden Age" of Spanish theatre and one from a woman's perspective.

Don't see it if classical plays are not appealing to you, especially when revolving around contrived situations.

84
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if An unexpected pleasure- charming production of a 17th C gem. Talented cast, enjoyable in one of NY's most winning theaters.

Don't see it if The sub-titles seemed a bit slow / off-pace, so some of the subtleties of the humor were lost on me.

81
Classic, Enchanting, Ambitious, Funny, Great staging

See it if You like the Golden Age of Spanish literature with poetic dialogue in verse. Gorgeous costumes!

Don't see it if You don't like to read English super titles while play is in Spanish.

80
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Clever

See it if You wish to become familiar with a lesser known Spanish work, for most Americans. Great acting and recalls Shakespeare a bit.

Don't see it if You dislike seeing any non-English work with subtitles. (Translation device available) You don't like gender transitions in the plot.

80
Strong feminist play, beautiful production, skim the subtitles

See it if you're interested in historic plays with strong female leads.

Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish and need to rely heavily on English subtitles.

Also A noblewoman who has been seduced and abandoned dresses as a man to tr... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you're fluent in Spanish and are in the mood for a Shakespeare-like, word-filled evening.

Don't see it if it's essential to you to understand every word or if the idea of a play in Spanish scares you

Also Oh how I wish I had kept up my study of Spanish. This was a frustratin... Read more Read less

65
Confusing, Great acting, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you understand Spanish. If not, you'll ultimately have to choose btw watching the play or reading the dialogue, as it's tough to do both.

Don't see it if you only like contemporary plays. Or hate Shakespearean/Cyrano-type comedies where no one recognizes if you change your hair or wear a hat.

68
Dated, Cliched, Great writing

See it if you like period pieces, Shakespeare, old Spanish, predictable stories

Don't see it if you want an exciting and intriguing play with relevance for today

74
Clever, Dated, Dizzying, Great acting, Intense

See it if You enjoy Shakespearean plays. You are a a spanish speaker who has not had one drink or two before the show. You will need all the energy.

Don't see it if Spanish is not your first language. You dont enjoy fast talking with words that not even spanish speakers can comprehend.If you are tired...

94
Excellent production, acting, and direction

See it if You like Good Theatre (even if it's in a language that you don't speak...there's simultext in English translation at your seat. Go at once.

Don't see it if You only want to hear English in the Theatre; or admire the work of a very fine company with a customer and set designer who are geniuses.

Also Watching the work of Zulema Clares and Luis Carlos de la Lombana are a... Read more Read less

89
Ambitious, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You like Shakespeare and plays about gender roles.

Don't see it if You have a problem with non-traditional gender roles.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great costumes

See it if you're interested in a 17th-century comedy of honor which criticizes the social customs of the era, notably the position of women.

Don't see it if you are not proficient in understanding rapidly spoken Spanish and don't want to read titles (available in both English and Spanish).


November 5th, 2017
"A quiet but uproarious wonder...Each actor shines in capturing the language and demeanor of this 'backwards' time to show that women were struggling but empowering themselves back then, as well...It feeds the many stigmas and tropes we have of women today, while simultaneously crushing them...Lo...
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