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Bad Blood (La malasangre) by Griselda Gambaro

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 economic crisis.

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

In a terrifying instance of dangerous games, she plays the role of Daddy’s gambaaro girl while her father decides how to punish Rafael. The Padre orders Rafael’s death, and upon viewing his lifeless body, Dolores vows revenge.

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

In addition, Dolores suffers in watching this decent man abused. Theatricality becomes a form of torture for Dolores, and perhaps, the audience. The play is a brilliantly constructed chess game with characters who alternate between oppressor and oppressed.

The actors, Anilu Pardo and Gonzalo Villanueva, perform with passion and conviction, making the relationship malasanbre, and ultimately tragic. The terror often overwhelms in its intensity and precision, explaining Within this familial microcosm, Gambaro denounces state terrorism and the ignorance of a population that blinds itself to atrocity.


Bad Blood (La malasangre)

Contact Contact Us Help. 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. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. 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.

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Further adding to the disturbing nature of the scene, the father orders Fermin to dance with Rafael, to humiliate the already malasamgre tutor. Repertorio Espanol, New York City. However, the Madre informs the Padre of their stratagem. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the gambato and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and mwlasangre worldwide.

The father, with his bright red jacket, angular face, and slim body, takes on the grotesque hue of a devil. 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: 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 grsielda.

In order for the play to work dramatically, Dolores and Rafael must have a chemistry that bespeaks love and hate simultaneously. The tortured nature of their relationship is exemplified in the scene where Dolores provokes Rafael to hit her by repeatedly cursing him as servile.


On the debit side, the production often does not go far enough in its depictions of violence. 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.

In contrasting scenes, Gambaro trenchantly displays the irony and cruelty of power relationships. With a startling light change, Dolores alters expression and stares at her father, now cognizant of the real pain that she has effected.

Project MUSE – La Malasangre (review)

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. The scene ends in a hellish, blackish red light, foreshadowing the blood that will soon run. They have produced a play by Griselda Gambaro, a contemporary Argentine playwright whose work is too rarely seen in the United States. Gambaro’s griseldx is one of extremes.

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

The two young people eventually fall in love and plan their escape. His sadistic character is captured convincingly by the attractive actor Gerardo Gudino.

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