“The Hour Radio Rome 2”

MEXICO CITY (Process).– How radio soap operas were made in the forties, before television arrived in Mexico. When through the voice and sounds the news was known and stories were told. Radio soap operas were heard week by week. Melodrama was the preferred genre and the morality of her time classified a 36-year-old woman as a “meeting”, like Soledad, the protagonist of one of the stories that we are told on Radio Roma 2.

We are in front of a radio booth of the XYZ station and the actors are preparing to interpret their role, the objects they will use to make the sound effects and the costumes with which they will represent two stories of the time: “La Quedada” and “Ramamán”. , a parody of the Mexican superhero taken from the comic and another from the pre-Hispanic world that, following the disappearance of a jade jaguar, wants to prevent the invasion of the ixtlapuchis.

Humor is on the surface and the authors Camila Brett, Jerónimo Best and Cristóbal Montiel, together with the direction of Camila Brett and Artús Chávez, and the performances of good actors, such as Ana González Bello, Hamlet Ramírez, Johanna Murillo, Nohemí Espinosa and Miguel Santa Rita, make us enjoy and become viewers and radio listeners.

We move to the Golden Age of radio and we are participants in what is not seen; of the actors “behind the scenes” or outside the recording time. The preparations are part of the function and also the confusions, the missteps, the improvisations of the moment. Because in addition, each function invites an actor to play a role, that of the actor who couldn’t make it. He improvises, helped by the instructions of the entire cast, and we see how the same actors are surprised, laugh discreetly or celebrate the resources with which they manage to make sounds, play roles or help others.

The background of the stage is a fabulous theater curtain illuminated in blue with the name of the program, “La hora Radio Roma”. The curtain sets the scene and two tables in front, full of objects to make the sound effects. The actors look for how to make the sound of a frog, of the rain, of a bell announcing the arrival of the guest, the clink of some glasses, or the opening and closing of a door; and they approach the microphones, which are in the foreground, to reproduce the sound or play their role. The stage space is designed by Adrián Martínez Frausto and the movement of actors is fluid and versatile.

The wardrobe, in charge of Giselle Sandiel, ranges from the classic and brilliant dresses of the women to the “costumes” to represent the hero who will save Mexico City, turbans and headdresses.

The Radio Roma 2 hour concluded its season at the Hellenic Theatre. In 2015 they had already presented a version at the Shakespeare Forum, with great success. Actors who had been in 2015-2016 and guest actors participated in this season.

The radio and stage proposal transmits a form of expression that, with ingenuity, beyond digitality, inventing sounds and different voices, uses the body and materials to do so; they exploit their interpretive capacity to dissociate the tragicomic moments of the radio soap opera and the colloquial moments off-record.

It is a delight to witness La hora Radio Roma 2.

“The Hour Radio Rome 2”