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Project MUSE – La Malasangre (review)

Gambaro’s dramaturgy is one of extremes. Within this familial microcosm, Gambaro denounces state terrorism and the ignorance of a population that blinds itself to atrocity. The play is a brilliantly constructed chess game with characters who alternate between oppressor and oppressed.

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Further adding to the disturbing nature of the scene, the father orders Fermin to dance with Rafael, to humiliate the already victimized mlaasangre. In a terrifying instance of dangerous games, she plays the role of Daddy’s little girl while her father decides how to punish Rafael.

Griselda Gambaro Quotes (Author of La malasangre)

The Padre, named Benigno, alluding both to the fascist Benito Mussolini and commenting ironically to his own harmful nature, hires a hunchbacked tutor, Rafael, to instruct his spoiled and haughty daughter, Dolores. The actors, Anilu Pardo and Gonzalo Villanueva, perform with passion and conviction, making the relationship believable, and ultimately tragic.


His sadistic character is captured convincingly by the attractive actor Gerardo Gudino. On the debit side, the production often does not go far enough in its depictions of violence.

In order for the play to work dramatically, Dolores and Rafael must have a chemistry that bespeaks love and hate simultaneously. After he does indeed gambarp her, she calls her father Benigno played by Mauricio Bustamente, who [End Page ] easily moves between the character’s authoritative and comedic features, making Benigno a sadistic prankster.

The play reminds us that though we cannot perfectly recapture the mood of s Maalsangre, bloody and battered by dictatorship, we can, in the current world, still feel Argentina’s pain as it undergoes yet another political, social, and economic crisis.

Bad Blood (La malasangre)

The play, La malasangre Bad Blooddebuted in [End Page ] Buenos Aires in toward the end of the Dirty War—when nearly 30, citizens were kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by gambaor military government. The Padre orders Rafael’s death, and upon viewing his lifeless body, Dolores vows revenge. Malxsangre father ignores this sexual assault. The superficially frolicsome act horrifies with its sexual suggestion of incest and underlying violence.

The terror often overwhelms in its intensity and precision, explaining The two young people eventually fall in love and plan their escape. In lieu of an abstract, here is yambaro brief excerpt of the content: The father, with his bright red jacket, angular face, and slim body, takes on the grotesque hue of a devil. The tortured nature of their relationship is exemplified in the scene where Dolores provokes Rafael to hit her by repeatedly cursing him as servile.


The tone of playfulness shifts grixelda to naked violence as Rafael is dragged away by the father’s lackey, Fermin Dario Tangelsona creepy, fawning fellow.

However, the Madre informs the Padre of their stratagem. Though the production, by the Mexican director Alejandra Orozco, downplays the political for the personal, the many confrontations in the play strikingly display the power relationships.

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This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. They have produced a play by Griselda Gambaro, a griseldz Argentine playwright whose work is too rarely seen in the United States.

In contrasting scenes, Gambaro trenchantly displays the irony and cruelty of power relationships.

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They joke childishly with each other, with Dolores eventually sitting on her father’s lap while he bounces her on his knee. The scene ends in a hellish, blackish red light, foreshadowing the blood that will soon run. In addition, Dolores suffers in watching this decent man abused.

The production offers many similarly vivid and tense scenes of cruelty and aggression. With a malasangree light change, Dolores alters expression and stares at her father, now cognizant of the real pain that she has effected. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

Repertorio Espanol, New York City. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Theatricality becomes a form of torture for Dolores, and perhaps, the audience.