Married with Children in the theater: the Argentos returned recharged and faithful to their style

Finally, the theatrical version of the hit comedy premiered at the Gran Rex, with the almost complete original cast and an experience that was lived like a party.

A festive atmosphere, almost on the pitch, welcomes the Argentos at the Gran Rex in the theatrical debut of Married with children.

The work, which had been announced for 2020 and it had to be postponed twice due to the pandemic, finally landed on Corrientes street to the joy and delirium of his fans who are thousands and thousands. This is demonstrated by the overcrowded theater, the euphoria in the audience and the sold-out tickets.

As soon as the function starts and even without the protagonists showing their noses on stage, as soon as the characteristic musical curtain of the comedy sounds, the ovation begins that will increase with the appearance on stage of each of the characters. And that reaches its climax with the presence of Pepe Argento, the character of William Francella who, in addition, is in charge of the direction.



Married with children on the Gran Rex, the Argentos returned recharged. Photo: Press.

17 years have passed since the last time the group recorded a chapter of the series that was broadcast on Telefe. But, perhaps due to the fact that the strip continues to air on that screen and also due to the imprint left by those characters, it is as if time had not passed.

True to the essence of the strip

The theatrical proposal is faithful to the essence of this story that, for some reason, penetrated deeply into the popular unconscious and transformed Pepe, Moni, Coqui and Paola into almost cult characters, within their genre. Like their fictional surname, the Argentos, they represent a lot of Argentine identity, for better or for worse. And there they are to be a mirror of an audience that adores them.

In this theatrical version there are no major changes in terms of the story that the Argentos star in but rather a concentrated compilation of many of his fillers, clichés and typical traits. That is what the public is going to look for and that is what they find, the Argentos do not disappoint them.

Married with children in the Great Rex.  Dardo (Marcelo De Bellis) and his new partner, Azucena (Jorgelina Aruzzi).  Photo: Press.


Married with children in the Great Rex. Dardo (Marcelo De Bellis) and his new partner, Azucena (Jorgelina Aruzzi). Photo: Press.

What does add up are a number of necessary and well-resolved references to the present because, although the Argento are timeless for fiction, time has passed both for the public and for flesh and blood artists. And they take charge.

That doesn’t affect the essence of these controversial yet adorable creatures; rather, it injects them with an extra share of energy. Because if something is not lacking in the show and the actors, it’s energy: they give it their all on stage, also motivated by the high vibe that comes from the other side of the stage.

After some controversies about the humor of these characters who, almost two decades after their last television appearance, find themselves in a reality in which many things have changed, their DNA remains unchanged. And it could not be otherwise: if the Argento were politically correct they would not be the Argento.

Veganism, patriarchy and more

To account for the elapsed time, the Married with children add several winks related to issues that, 17 years ago were not so visible, such as veganism, hegemonic bodies, patriarchy and more. Of course, in a parody tone and with comedy language, with texts by Axel Kuschevatzky and Diego Alarcón, the same duo that wrote the scripts for Telefe’s fiction.

Married with children in the Great Rex.  Florencia Peña and her hilarious Moni.  Photo: Press.


Married with children in the Great Rex. Florencia Peña and her hilarious Moni. Photo: Press.

Of course none of this would be possible without the effectiveness of the actors and actresses who give life to these characters. From the pair of brothers Luisana Lopilato and Darío Lopilato until the incorporation of Jorgelina Aruzzi, with a new character to make up for the departure of Erica Rivas.

Luisana, who in these years built a solid film career, married international star Michael Bublé and is the mother of four children, once again gives Paola that endearing fiber of a sexy and goofy girl (when it suits her). Darío did not lose a grimace and continues to be the Coqui who manages to drive his father crazy.

Marcelo De Bellis as Dardo Fuseneco, the neighbor and family friend, now trying to be a more deconstructed man thanks to his new partner, Azucena, played by Aruzzi. Both are the ideal counterpoint to Pepe and Moni. Aruzzi, who had a hard time joining at the last minute, thanks to her great skills and his gift for comedy, manages to fit perfectly into the group’s dynamics.

For his part, Florence Pena returns to bring her ineffable Moni intact: from the wig to the costumes, the actress, with her natural talent for comedy, dominates the scene making the character sing and dance with hilarious moments that the audience, of all ages, celebrates to the fullest. laugh.

Married with children in the Gran Rex, Guillermo Francella in the role of Pepe, more Argento than ever.  Photo: Press.


Married with children in the Gran Rex, Guillermo Francella in the role of Pepe, more Argento than ever. Photo: Press.

And Francella gives Pepe all the acidity that characterizes him, even overcharged. The idiosyncrasy of his character added to the charisma of the actor who knows how to handle the times and tones, making the public complicit, complete the combo.

The wait to see the Argentos and the Fusenecos was made to wait and generated an unprecedented expectation. But they came back and there was no doubt that their magic is still valid and they are faithful to their style, They already made history.

Review: Very good

Married with children. Performances from Tuesday to Sunday at the Teatro Gran Rex, Av. Corrientes 857, Locations: from $7840.

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