Above the stage there is no pandemic or restrictions. On Two crazy women, there are two women, Julia and Catalina, sisters, different, opposite, delusional, taking off the washcloths in the sun of a lifetime, in an exorbitant way. Below, an audience willing to do catharsis with them, despite the social distance and the masks imposed by the protocols. In the play directed by Manuel González Gil at the Astral Theater, Julia and Catalina are Verónica Llinás and Soledad Silveyra, respectively, two actresses with very different nuances that they take advantage of very well for the game of contrasts that the text proposes.
These sisters, who have not seen each other for 20 years, meet again when Catalina, who has just been on the street, comes to Julia’s to ask for her help. Forced coexistence it will be the battlefield to confront points of view, personalities, and also some painful secrets from the past.
The work of the Spanish playwright and director Ramón Paso proposes this ping pong of complementary opposites that never fails: the clueless versus the obsessive and structured; the sentimental against the rational, even, in this case, reinforced even in the physical, something that actresses know how to make the most of it.
Soledad Silveyra and Verónica Llinás in “Dos locas de auction” at the Astral theater. Photo: Simon Quezada.
Another element that also always works is that of family ties and their tensions. Julia and Catalina they are sisters but they are also two strangers they have a lot to claim from each other. And in the middle, the affection, the feelings that arise naturally or are repressed and that cannot be forced.
People say that comedy is tragedy longer. On Two crazy women Some of that is in the air, with a story that has its share of drama but that appeals to exaggeration to turn it into humor.
To give life to this whole plot, what better than two actresses like Solita and Llinás who are full of resources and who know how to give the work all the shades that are needed. With very different styles and formations, that difference plays in favor of the staging in which both deliver everything.
Soledad Silveyra and Verónica Llinás, like two very opposite sisters in “Dos locas de auction” at the Astral theater. Photo: Simon Quezada.
The weapons of each
Silveyra appeals to melodrama so well learned during decades of soap operas and his natural mischief for this helpless and beaten Catalina. Llinás brings out all the delirium of his years in the underground to create a prejudiced Julia, full of tics, always tense and on the verge of overflowing.
The director took advantage of the mix to generate an ideal climate of comedy, supported by the games of lights and music, also appealing to the resource of erasing the fourth wall with some moments in which the characters address the audience directly.
That complicity, added to the peaks of delirium of these women, who make objects and outbursts fly through the air, cause a sensation of catharsis, in the purest sense of the term. A little bit of excitement and a lot of fun works as a catalyst for viewers.
If the ritual of the theater is. in itself, a shared complicity, at this moment, that feeling is multiplied with a stronger predisposition than ever on the part of the spectators. The confinement, the fear, the pain, the uncertainty installed by the pandemic, they seem to be erased during the duration of the function.
And just as there is a total dedication on the part of the artists, who thank with great emotion when the final applause arrives, it is the public who offers their emotion to the surface, enjoying until the last minute, before returning to the street where reality awaits.
Two crazy women
Qualification: Very good
Functions: Friday at 7.30pm; Saturdays at 6 pm and 8 pm; Sundays at 18. Astral Theater: Corrientes Avenue 1639. Tickets: from $ 1800, by www.plateanet.com