Queen Victoria Theater celebrate the premiere of Don Mendoza’s Revenge. This musical, which is not a musical, is still very current. Is comedy of Pedro Munoz Seca It continues to be a benchmark among Spanish authors of the 20th century. Adapted by the Saga theater company, it is directed by and starring José Saiz.
Premiere of ‘The Revenge of Don Mendo’
On June 30, the premiere of Don Mendoza’s Revenge by Pedro Muñoz Secaone of the most memorable texts of our 20th century theatre, so much so that it has become the fourth most performed play of all time in Spain.
Under the direction of José Saiz, humor and ingenuity travel in this text that continues to be just as current today. Defined by the author himself as “caricature of tragedy”, Don Mendoza’s Revenge is, in addition to being extremely popular, a fun parody of the romantic drama with a historical setting.
The Castilian knight Don Mendo Salazar, Marquis of Cabra, considers himself cheated when he discovers that his fiancée, Magdalena, will marry Don Pero Collado, Duke of Toro. After a disastrous encounter, Don Mendo ends up indicting himself as a thief and ends up imprisoned and condemned to be walled in by Magdalena’s order. His tragic fate is altered by his friend, the Marquis of Moncada, who saves him from brutal punishment by deceiving the law. Don Mendo threatens to return for Magdalena, but not out of love, but out of revenge.
About the Author
Pedro Muñoz Seca, born in El Puerto de Santa María in 1881, practiced law and was a private teacher, but his real job was that of a playwright. Maximum representative of humorous theater at the beginning of the 20th century, his works still enjoy great popularity. His ability to rhyme and play on words, together with the grotesque distortion of reality that he presented in his pieces, created the so-called “ASTRACHAN”, a variant of the boy genre.
Although due to his lack of self-criticism he is considered a minor author, and despite the fact that his works excessively flattered conservative sectors, the truth is that Pedro Muñoz Seca’s theater was a resounding popular success, to the point that it became customary to memorize fragments of its premieres, especially “La vendetta de Don Mendo”, from 1918, a delirious parody of medieval dramas.
Among his most famous works can be cited «Extremadurans touch each other»zarzuela without music; “You are Ortiz” (1919), a mockery of surrealist tendencies; “Faustina” (1919) and “Satan” (1930), humorous visions of the myth of Faust; “The Plasmatory” (1935), with the theme of spiritism and the reincarnation of Tenorio. He also wrote farces like “The caraba” (1922), and “Squid” (1927), satire against the world of cinema; Y “The Goose” (an acronym for an imaginary free association of “tired and bored workers”), an anti-working class satire.
Don’t miss the premiere of Don Mendoza’s Revenge East June 30 at the Reina Victoria Theater.
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