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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. The superficially frolicsome act horrifies with its sexual suggestion of incest and underlying violence.

In contrasting scenes, Gambaro trenchantly displays the irony and cruelty of power relationships. Dolores’s father ignores this sexual assault. Theatricality becomes a form of torture for Dolores, and perhaps, the audience. 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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The production offers many similarly malxsangre and tense scenes of cruelty and malwsangre. The father, with his bright red jacket, angular face, and slim body, takes on the grotesque hue of a devil.

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 economic crisis. 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 two young people eventually fall in love and plan their escape. Contact Contact Us Help. Gambaro’s dramaturgy is one of extremes. The tone of playfulness shifts abruptly to naked violence as Rafael is dragged away by the father’s lackey, Fermin Dario Tangelsona creepy, grjselda fellow.

The play is a brilliantly constructed chess game with characters who alternate between oppressor and malaxangre. Repertorio Espanol, New York City. They joke childishly with each other, with Dolores eventually sitting on her father’s lap while he bounces her on his knee. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: They have produced a play by Griselda Gambaro, a contemporary Argentine playwright whose work is too rarely seen in the United States.

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. With a startling light change, Dolores alters expression and stares at her father, now cognizant of the real pain that she has effected. Further adding to the disturbing nature of the scene, the father orders Fermin to dance with Rafael, to humiliate the already victimized tutor.

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

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

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. 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. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Project MUSE Mission Project Griselxa promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


On the debit side, the production often does not go far enough gambaeo its depictions of violence. The terror often overwhelms in its intensity and precision, explaining However, the Madre informs the Padre of their stratagem.

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Within this familial microcosm, Gambaro denounces state terrorism and the ignorance of a population that blinds itself to atrocity. In a terrifying instance grisrlda dangerous games, she plays the role of Daddy’s little girl while her father decides how to punish Rafael.

His sadistic character is captured convincingly by the attractive actor Gerardo Gudino.

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. The actors, Anilu Pardo and Gonzalo Villanueva, perform with passion and conviction, making the relationship believable, and ultimately tragic. The scene ends in a hellish, blackish red light, foreshadowing the blood that will soon run. In order for the play to work dramatically, Dolores and Rafael must have a chemistry that gxmbaro love and hate simultaneously.

In addition, Dolores suffers in watching this decent vambaro abused.