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.
"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...Lopez assures Ana Caro’s masterpiece becomes a staple for how women’s empowerment is vitally derived from self-empowerment." Full Review
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.
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.
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).
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, body doubles).
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if You are very familiar with old Spanish. Even as fluent speakers, my group found it extremely challenging to follow.
Don't see it if You don't like Shakespearean plays or you are not VERY well versed in old Spanish.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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
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.
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