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Punto F. provides the Spanish community with quality theatre

Punto F.
Written by Bernal Quijade.
Directed by G.A. Preciado Falcn.
Starring Guillermo A. Preciado
and Nelly Rosario.
Kresge Auditorium, Feb. 20 and 21, 8 p.m.

By Carlos A. Rabell

Punto F. revolves around fiction, reality, and the relationship between the two. It questions the true nature of a person on stage: is he an actor, a character, or himself? Punto F. deals with the idea that we are all characters in a play written by someone else (presumably God) and that we can share that "divine power" by writing a play.

The play starts with the classic jealous boyfriend scene -- a boyfriend killing his girlfriend because she loves someone else. After the scene is over, the writer, Luis Falcn (Guillermo Preciado), leaps on to the stage from among the audience and complains to the characters, saying that it was too common and that he wanted something else. The characters exit the stage and leave him alone by his typewriter.

Luis Falcn has a deadline, so he hires a young man named Andrs Gmez De La Cerna (Pablo Castro) to be his assistant. The writer begins his training by pointing out their mission -- to go into "reality," find something interesting, transcribe it, and sell it back to the people. He stresses the fact that there cannot be any interaction between the characters and the writers.

Andrs proposes to go to a small bar called "The Blue Turtle," where bohemian artists often linger. While waiting for Andrs, Luis meets Laura (Nelly Rosario), the waitress. He finds her very depressed because her mother has just "stolen" a gift from her rich boyfriend. After a few nights they become good friends and fall in love. Laura tells her mother she is not going to marry Ramiro Ramirez (Imad Mouline) because she loves Luis. Doa Laura (Lupita Preciado) talks to Ramiro and tells him that he must do "what any honorable man would do" -- kill Luis.

Andrs learns of this plot while doing some research for their play and tries to warn his teacher, but he is not at home. Knowing that there is little time to save him, he decides to alter reality by changing the script. In this new version of reality, Doa Laura kills her daughter instead. After she dies, we see a superb performance by Guillermo Preciado (Luis Falcn). He is very depressed over her death and starts talking about not being able to find her even though he can feel her. He tries unsuccessfully to get her out of his mind, and talks in riddles about the concepts of fiction and reality. Andrs begins typing and reading at the same time. He says madness is the result of an attempt to escape the reality that has been written for us.

In general, the play was very well performed. A few flaws were evident, however, such as artists that drink hard alcohol all night, yet look sober, and people who smoke unlit cigarettes that are peripheral to the plot. On the positive side, the performance of Guillermo Preciado was both professional and convincing. The other actors' performance ranged from acceptable to good. The live music in the background was well performed and greatly helped some scenes. There were many funny moments throughout the play, in both the main dialogue and secondary plots.

I found the plot fascinating, especially the blurring of the line between the audience's play and the writer's play. The writing theories presented were interesting and confusing at the same time, giving us various ways to look at reality. Luis Falcn thinks that, of the different forms of literature, critiques are the worst because they represent the perception that one person has about reality. Therefore, according to Luis, this review is a waste of ink and paper. On the other hand, he's only a character, so what does he know? Or is he?