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

Project MUSE – La Malasangre (review)

Gambaro’s dramaturgy is one of extremes. 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 a terrifying instance of dangerous games, she plays the role of Daddy’s little girl while her father decides how to punish Rafael.

The actors, Anilu Pardo and Gonzalo Villanueva, perform with passion and conviction, making the relationship believable, and ultimately tragic. In contrasting scenes, Gambaro trenchantly displays the irony and cruelty of power relationships. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

They joke childishly with each other, with Dolores eventually sitting on her father’s lap while he bounces her on his knee.

Gambaro Griselda 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 the military government.


The terror often overwhelms in its intensity and precision, explaining In addition, Dolores suffers in watching this decent man abused. The two young people eventually fall in love and plan their escape.

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. The production offers many similarly vivid and tense scenes of cruelty and aggression.

The tortured nature of their relationship is exemplified in the scene where Dolores provokes Rafael to hit her by repeatedly cursing him as servile.

Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. The tone of playfulness shifts abruptly to naked violence as Rafael is dragged away by the father’s lackey, Fermin Dario Tangelsona creepy, fawning fellow. The father, with his bright red jacket, angular face, and slim body, takes on the grotesque hue of a devil.

The Padre, named Benigno, alluding both to the fascist Benito Mussolini and commenting ironically to his own yriselda nature, hires a hunchbacked tutor, Rafael, to instruct his spoiled and haughty daughter, Dolores.

The Padre orders Rafael’s death, and upon viewing his lifeless body, Dolores vows revenge.

Griselda Gambaro (Author of La malasangre)

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. However, the Madre informs the Padre of their stratagem. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. In order for the play to work dramatically, Dolores and Rafael must have a chemistry that bespeaks love and hate simultaneously.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Within this familial microcosm, Gambaro denounces state terrorism and grisleda ignorance of a population griselra blinds itself to atrocity. With a startling light change, Dolores alters expression and stares at her father, now cognizant of the real pain that she has effected.


After he does indeed strike 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. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Further adding to the disturbing nature of the scene, the father orders Fermin to dance with Rafael, to humiliate the already victimized tutor. Repertorio Espanol, New York City. The scene ends in a hellish, blackish red light, foreshadowing the blood that will soon run.

Contact Contact Us Help. The play is a brilliantly constructed chess game with characters who alternate between oppressor and oppressed.

They have produced a play by Griselda Gambaro, a contemporary Argentine playwright whose gambaeo is too rarely seen in the United States. The superficially frolicsome act horrifies with its sexual suggestion of incest and underlying violence. Theatricality becomes a form of torture for Dolores, and perhaps, the audience. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.