Death and the maiden
Ariel Dorfman's explosively provocative, award-winning drama is set in a country that has only recently returned to democracy. Gerardo Escobar has just been chosen to head the commission that will investigate the crimes of the old regime when his car breaks down and he is picked up by the humane doctor Roberto Miranda. But in the voice of this good Samaritan, Gerardo's wife, Paulina Salas, thinks she recognizes another man--the one who raped and tortured her as she lay blindfolded in a military detention center years before.
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Directly based on experiences related to Pinochet's Chilean regime and its extended aftermath, Dorfman's stage play is one of the medium's most challenging dramatic works to be written in the past few decades. A novel scenario is exploited with nearly brilliant results: this is an exciting, harrowing exploration of numerous personal and political issues, and how they interact. The roles are imbued with representational characterization in order to enforce the universal elements of the story, but they possess genuine depth. The story's conclusion lacks concrete resolution, but this ambiguity has been implemented in order to better examine numerous lingering themes; Dorfman does not pretend that all of the problems he addresses have simple solutions, if any at all.
The naturalism of the dialogue is sporadic. Most of the more forceful passages are quite effective, but emotive exchanges reek of stilted melodrama. The most likely explanation is that this probably reads (and views?) far better in Castilian; what seems overblown or unnatural by the dramatic strictures of a convoluted language like English is often gratifying in that far more expressive Romantic tongue. Maybe Dorfman shouldn't be translating his own work.
Readers should avoid Roman Polansky's moronic film adaptation of this play, especially if they haven't read or seen it performed beforehand; the film's insipid screenplay utilizes some of the same surprises that are much more effectively revealed in the course of the play.
Review: Death and the MaidenUser Review - Casey - Goodreads
Definitely a different kind of play. Lots of language which I didn't really like but it was vital to the plot. I'm glad I read this. It was fascinating. Read full review
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