“Conversaciones Con Mamá”, “Bye Bye Betsy” And “Entremeses”: Three Interesting Premieres In Barcelona

J.M. Towers

Three interesting and very different productions for the new theater season.

Barcelona features one of the most innovative theatre scenes in Spain, for the enjoyment of locals as well as visitors. The following productions are three of the most talked about premieres for the new season.

«Conversaciones con mamá» (Conversations with Mother)
Goya Theatre // From October 15 to November 26, 2014

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Actress María Galiana and actor Juan Echanove, who also directs the mise en scène, play a son and a mother in this work by Argentinean playwright Carlos Santiago Ovés, in a version by Jordi Galceran. This is a story full of humor, tenderness and emotion that tells the tale of James, a prominent 50 year old executive, married with two children, who enjoys a carefree lifestyle until he is fired from his job. That’s when his life falls apart, and he has to ask for help from his mother, an independent woman who has a life of her own. Thus starts a new relationship between them, in which Jaime has to change his behavior and the way he sees the world, before he realizes what is truly important in life. This romantic, human and insightful comedy never falls into sentimentality, which will make you smile, laugh and shed an occasional tear. But above all, we think you will relate to these characters who are a reflection of life.

«Bye Bye Betsy»
Almazen Theatre // From October 26 to December 21, 2014

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Cabaret, circus, clowns, comedy, music, color and rhythm: Bye Bye Betsy is all this and more. This explosive and bizarre production comes via the Star Tres Company and stars three amusing performers. The three most irreverent and lighthearted artists from the Spanish scene return to the stage with a new burlesque show. A crazy cabaret play where Merche 8A, Lluna Albert and Cristi Garbo lead us through an explosion of color, rhythm, and acrobatics, to unique moments that leave the viewer stunned and, most certainly amused.

Romea Theater // Until June 2, 2015

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Entremes is a Catalan term that refers to theatrical works performed as a pantomime— in the manner of 15th-century court banquets— which became very famous in the region’s theater circuit. Great writers from the Spanish Golden Age wrote these delightful plays, including Francisco de Quevedo and Miguel de Cervantes, who is the author of the three Entremeses presented by Teatro de la Abadía Company to celebrate its 20th anniversary. “La cueva de Salamanca”, “El viejo celoso” and “El retablo de las maravillas” are the three plays performed by a group of talented young actors, under the direction of renowned director Jose Luis Gómez. The stage design is by the recently deceased painter José Hernández; the lighting is by Juan Gómez Cornejo, and the music is by Luis Delgado. The traditional charm, the strength and the intensity of Cervantes prose come alive in these three humorous satires, set in a carefree rural region.

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