Last Edit: sergius 08:15 am EST 11/25/23
Posted by: sergius 08:09 am EST 11/25/23

Apparently, Graciela Daniele would rather be tending her tomatoes than celebrating her “lifetime achievement.” Or so we’re told three times—in 90 minutes—in THE GARDENS OF ANUNCIA which depicts her early life in Buenos Aires even as it regularly reminds us of her many theatrical accomplishments. These bursts of vainglory relieve a seemingly modest show of its modesty; the show is slight and puffed up at the same time. What’s appealing here—the relationships between three generations of women—is mitigated by a predominating, unnecessary narrator and some very strained attempts at “magic realism” involving a cloying, Sondheimian deer. It’s too bad. A small, tender story has been confounded, as is so often the case, by superfluity and ego demands.

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