THEATER REVIEW | La Razón Blindada

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Opening night was well attended and for good reason. La Razón Blindada brought humor to an otherwise glum recollection of two individuals in prison who survive by meeting in the prison courtyard every Sunday and sharing outlandish storytelling.

Performances March 6 and 7 at 8 p.m., Whiting Proscenium Theater at the University of MN

The incarcerated are bound to their chairs and thus the entire performance is told with physical restrictions. However, both actors expounded facial expressions and comical writing.

The play is set in Argentina in the 70s and 80s, and resembles Don Quijote’s Man of La Mancha. Passage of time as it stands still, tricks that the mind plays to survive trauma and unlikely heroes are among the themes of the play.

The play is entirely in Spanish with a side monitor translating into English. Nonetheless, the audience understood the nuances by a job well done by Teatro Malayerba. The visiting Ecuadoran theater company is the guest of Teatro Del Pueblo, the University of Minnesota, and St. Benedict/St. John’s University.  According to Teatro del Pueblo’s press release, “Actor/Director/Writer, Arístides Vargas, was born in 1954 in Argentina. He was forced into exile after Argentina’s bloody dictatorship in the 70s and 80s. He co-founded Teatro Malayerba 31 years ago in Ecuador with Charro Frances and Susanna Pautasso.”