Construction site: The dog in the manger. Authorship: Lope de Vega. Direction: Dominic Dromgoole. Interpreters: María Pastor, Nicolás Illoro, Raquel Nogueira, Jesús Teyssiere, Raquel Varela, Daniel Llull, Manuela Morales, Julio Hidalgo, Mar Calvo, Mario Vedoya.
Canal Theaters. From April 3 to 11 and from April 21 to 30, 2021
The Siglo de Oro Foundation company returns to one of its favorite authors, Lope de Vega, and to one of the works this author they know best: The dog in the manger. It is already the third time that this title has been taken to the tables; and, once again, faithful to their interest in building bridges between our Baroque theater and the Elizabethan theater, they have once again entrusted the assembly to a British director. This time, it is none other than Dominic Dromgoole, who headed London’s Shakespeare’s Globe for a decade. Of course, that background of the director is appreciated from the first minutes in the style of a function clearly conceived with some characteristics of the theater that takes place there: the scenographic simplicity, the carefree tone and the search for an active and immediate response from the audience. to the point, almost, of making him a participant in the action.
However, Dromgoole has failed to fully mold Lope’s text to those scenic forms in which he is so used to seeing Shakespeare. In the first place, because the direct interpellation of the public – obvious, funny and even hooligan in a kind of introduction to the performance – is abandoned without ever being recovered as soon as the performance as such begins. Secondly, and this may be due to the fact that the director does not know our language in depth, because in that aforementioned nonchalance when telling the story, which is achieved, all the ironic load that many have has been left out. dialogues and the consequent energy – and even bad milk – that can be expected from the characters when they are making use of that irony.
The best: The ease to tell the story and interpretive correction.
Worst: The absence of nuances and reliefs in the development of the action translates into a certain monotony.