The amusing Zarzuela at GALA Theatre:

September 16, 2022 by Jose Sueiro

Troublesome Troublemaker

            The new musical show at GALA Theatre is a curious potpourri of production and directing choices. Based on a brief, frivolous, light opera -a genre known as ‘Zarzuela’ in Spain- it is a comic opera akin to the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas of the 18th century. This particular piece, ‘La Revoltosa’ (The Troublemaker) was written in 1897 and was originally less than 30 minutes long.  

            The evening was entertaining and enjoyable. The music, performed live by a ten-piece orchestra, was enchanting. At the beginning of both the first and second acts there were extended musical introductions that set the fantasy-like tone for the proceedings. The singing, what there was of it, was special. If you have never witnessed a performance by mezzo-soprano, opera star Anamer Castrello, you should attend simply to enjoy her solo at the beginning of the second act. Anamer is simply the finest Hispanic female singer in the metropolitan area. Whether she is belting out a Celia Cruz tune or a Leontyne Price aria, she will leave you breathless from the range and power of her voice. The show deserved more of her.

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THE TEA BREAK

¿Un té, querida? acabo de poner la tetera al fuego- ofrece la mujer mientras se dirige a la cocina con marcada pesadez. Las piernas cada vez le responden con mas desaire; le dicen a gritos que tiene que cuidar el peso y sacudirse el polvo de la desidia. Pero ¿para qué? La visita se desprende de su abrigo de terciopelo verde. Los años se han agarrado a la tela haciendo desaparecer el esplendor de la prenda, si alguna vez lo tuvo. Tres botones son de madera y dos han aparecido para socorrer los huecos dejados por la pérdida de los originales. Ahora todo se ve en tonos grises y negros. Matilda, mediana edad. Sus grandes y vivos ojos cuentan la historia de una mujer que dejó sus aspiraciones enredadas en el tul de una boda prematura. La curva de su vientre delataba los motivos. Cinco hijos y quinientos poemas conforman su vida desde ese día en el que la prueba de la rana tomo las riendas de su destino. Ella y la dueña de la casa son amigas desde la infancia. Inseparables, ...

September 8, 2022 by Paloma Dominguez Diaz

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OSHA 30 in Spanish

"Si usted tiene trabajadores que necesitan tomar el entrenamiento OSHA 30 avisen de inmediato y vean el anuncio que sigue aqui."

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The Entrepreneur from Buenaventura

            Humberto Garces was sitting in a restaurant in Colombia with his father, Humberto Garces Angulo, a prominent union leader at the port of Buenaventura...

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