Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Confusing

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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.

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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.


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85
Diandra Reviews it All

"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


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

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great costumes, Great staging

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).

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.

87
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

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
Absorbing, Delightful, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

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).

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

85
Clever, Great acting, Intense, Entertaining

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

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
Funny, Ambitious, Enchanting, Classic, 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
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

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

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
Great acting, Confusing

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.

Also The actors were excellent and the amount of effort to learn lines must... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Dizzying, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

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.

79
Funny, Great acting, Dated

See it if you like period pieces or a strong central character

Don't see it if if you dont like plays that are confusing or without intermission

75
Funny, Resonant, Enlightening, Classical

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.

72
Well acted, Historically interesting, Classic with a twist

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

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

65
Great acting, Confusing, 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.

65
Confusing

See it if You are familiar with and enjoy Shakespearean-style Spanish

Don't see it if You don't enjoy Shakespearean style language

Also This play simply wasn't for me as I had a lot of trouble with the styl... Read more Read less

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

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

85
Funny, Clever, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

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.

Also The actor that played Don Juan, Luis Carlos de la Lombana was also in ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

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.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Dated, Entertaining

See it if A classic Shakespearan type costume drama well done

Don't see it if Reading subtitles bothers you

85
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Confusing, Entertaining

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

84
During previews
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

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.

82
During previews
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Romantic

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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