"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 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 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 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 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.
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.
See it if .... you like plots reminiscent of operas or Shakespearian plays with disguises and male / female switches.
Don't see it if ..... you don't like "period" works without a brief intermission.
See it if If you want to see a play that has a fun story with wonderful actors
Don't see it if You have trouble following plays in a foreign language and don’t want to read translations.
See it if Enjoy dramas where there are twists to the plot and strong female characters
Don't see it if Are not bilingual. The translator at the seat was not in sync with the dialogue and kept shutting off
See it if you like period pieces with alternative views of history. Which also have themes of empowering women.
Don't see it if you like classic period pieces which do not deviate from the facts. If you don't like having to read subtitles.
See it if you like strong women, masquerades, duplicitous characters. Romance
Don't see it if you are troubled by other than English, are sensitive to imperfect translation imperfectly presented.
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