8 scores again with light and funny `Palomas Intrépidas'
BY MARTA BARBER
Continuing its long string of successful
comedies, Teatro 8
opened this week with Palomas Intrépidas,
another play that will surely attract the Hispanic
theatergoing public in South Florida. Unlike the previous
productions that were mostly translations of English-language
hits, Palomas, written by the Spaniard Miguel Sierra,
is geared to the Latin sense of humor. More specifically,
it's for an older generation that loves dialogue filled
with double entendres without being too obvious with
The ideal fantasy for women over 50,
it tells the story of two single and middle-aged childhood
friends, Blanca Paloma (Martha Picanes) and Cándida
Paloma (Marta Velasco), who long for male companionship.
Cándida, who prefers to be called Candy, is
always urging her friend to go to a bar or any other
place where they might meet men. On her way to town,
Blanca agrees to drive by a spot where she knows ''gigolos''
hang out. Blanca returns to the cottage (a colorful
set by director Marcos Casanova) they share in the
Keys with Bernardo (Claudio Giúdice). Bernardo
is no gigolo but a man in desperate need of money.
After an initial rejection, the good-looking and younger
man will try to accommodate the two women. And the
laughter never stops.
Director Casanova keeps the action
hopping, wisely using the well-designed set to move
the flamboyant women around the stage. Giúdice,
who has a real flair for comedy, is dressed all in
simple black, striking the right balance with the
two women. Picanes plays Blanca with a tad of exaggeration,
but her mannerisms fit the style. Velasco, with her
deadpan looks and serious delivery, stands out as
Palomas could have benefited from
some cuts. There are longish exchanges that don't
add much to the farce and some parts (such as the
fight and recrimination in the second act) aren't
Still, Palomas never aims to be more
than a light comedy. There's not one serious angle
in this female fantasy, but it provides an entertaining
time at the theater.
The Miami Herald