La Vida Que Me Das...

y no me alcanza

Such a Life You've Given
Me... and it's not enough

by Susana Torres Molina (Argentina)

directed by Mario Marcel (Argentina)

Feb. 13 - Mar. 9, 2014

at Gunston Arts Center  -  Theatre 2

2700 South Lang St., Arlington, VA 22206

In Spanish with English Surtitles

Comedy   -   US Première   -    Ages: 15+

"...If I could go into and out of my body, I would never be in it..." With great humor and open-and-honest manner, three women find themselves tackling the issues of motherhood and sexuality, looking for ‘the desired balance’.


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La Vida Que Me Das…Y No Me Alcanza’
(Such a Life You’ve Given Me… And It’s Not Enough)
at Teatro de la Luna by Jenny Sutton

At first glance, the title La Vida Que Me Das…Y No Me Alcanza (Such a Life You’ve Given Me… And It’s Not Enough) may read as a soapy, heart-wrenching drama for middle-aged women. However, after spending two minutes in the intimate Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two among an eager, bilingual audience, it becomes clear that this production by Playwright Susana Torres Molina will be anything but serious. With La Vida Que Me Das… Director Mario Marcel brings this comical and highly-energized comedy to life at Teatro de la Luna.

Director Marcel’s set design resembles one you might see on a television sitcom. The colorful, stork-adorned maternity ward waiting room serves as the backdrop for the entire performance, and here this simple set is all this production needs. With the help of Lighting Designer Brian Allard’s effective mood-setting light cues, the three actresses who comprise the cast and the the audience are taken through a range of environments within an ordinary waiting room; revealing saucy fantasies, confessions, and other humorous banter. Directions to the rooms surrounding the waiting room are placed around the set to give the story locative continuity. The on-point sound cues by Sound Designer/Director Marcel surround the stage with labor pains, baby noises, clock chimes, and Indian music, which makes the setting all the more tangible.

All three actresses deliver over-the-top, energetic, and acutely-timed performances of one-dimensional characters. Marcela Ferlito (Enfermera Doris) maintains a likable, cheeky presence moving in and out of scenes, complete with perfectly animated facial expressions and delivery. Carolina Calderón gives a solid performance of the sometimes-audacious personality of Sole, pulling off one-sided phone conversations and daring monologues with the right amount of effort. The most dynamic character is Marina, played by Jhakye García-an older woman with plenty disapproving glares to dish out towards the other women. As the show progresses, however, Garcia’s character comes out of her shell to show multiple sides of herself that many in the audience may identify with.

Together, these strong personalities push the show along a fast-paced track of risqué humor along the themes of maternity, sexuality, and self-assurance. While these themes may appear geared to women, the broad situational humor in the production can be enjoyed by all audiences 16 or older, as recommended by the theatre.

Although the show is performed entirely in Spanish, the overhead subtitles combined with strong body language makes this modern comedy accessible and easy to enjoy for Spanish and English speakers alike. Teatro de la Luna’s La Vida Que Me Das…Y No Me Alcanza (Such a Life You’ve Given Me… And It’s Not Enough) delivers non-stop laughs, and a rattling fun time in the theatre.

Running Time: Approximately two hours, with no intermission.

La Vida Que Me Das…Y No Me Alcanza (Such a Life You’ve Given Me… And It’s Not Enough) plays through March 9, 2014 at at Gunston Arts Center’s Theater Two – 2700 South Lang Street, in Arlington VA. Purchase tickets online, or at the door.


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“La Vida Que Me Das ... y no me alcanza”

Why does a modern woman need a man to have a baby? Based on that one question this thought-provoking, philosophically complex, one-act situation comedy is a well-performed, naughty, but nice, spicy relief from this wicked winter.

Sandra is about to give birth to quintuplets. If this woman must have a child, why not have womb mates? Two excited friends, Sole (Carolina Calderón) and Marina (Jhakye García) show up in the hospital maternity waiting room for the blessed event, supervised by the lively Nurse (Marcela Ferlito), who also is pregnant out of wedlock and dating three men. While they wait, they take turns riffing about the conflicts a modern mother confronts, and the unseen consequences of the breakdown of strict morality and gender roles.

The modern immaculate conception is what Argentine playwright Susan Torres Molina appears to be celebrating: Modern science can produce miracles. A woman can have a child without a man. And why only one, why not have womb mates? One stop shopping for five at one time is appealing.

There are religious and Biblical references throughout the richly layered, at moments opaque, dialogue Molina writes, such as a reference to King Herod, and to “spikenard,” used for incense since ancient times in Judaism. In contrast, there’s mention of the modern atheist and Portuguese Nobel Laureate, José Saramago. Mixed in is the contrast of the Opus Dei, that offshoot Catholic group, that seeks to find holiness in daily life. Some are celibates and abstain from sexual intercourse. So whereas artificial insemination and surrogate pregnancies might seem appealing to some groupies, Molina takes jabs at our lifestyle, sexual freedom, and the confusion over gender roles.

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A quirky nurse and other eccentrics from

Teatro de la Luna at Gunston Arts Center

 “La Vida Que Me Das ... y no me alcanza”

If you were looking for a quirky health-care professional, you’d be hard-pressed to do better than Nurse Doris. A self-described atheist, anarchist Trotskyite, this quip-slinging figure in pale pink scrubs often seems to forget about the patients in the maternity ward where she works: She’s more interested in hanging out in the waiting room, regaling listeners with the details of her unusual love life. Subject to overpowering cravings (because, she assures everyone, she is at least a week pregnant), she at one point insists on devouring nearly every comestible in a bemused visitor’s capacious purse.

As painted in broad, confident strokes by Marcela Ferlito, Nurse Doris is the most entertaining aspect of Teatro de la Luna’s latest offering, “La Vida Que Me Das . . . y no me alcanza” (“Such a Life You’ve Given Me ... and it’s not enough”). Argentine playwright Susana Torres Molina’s comedy contains other moments of pleasant, low-key wackiness — a scene in which a chic career woman named Sole (Carolina Calderón) gives impromptu belly-dancing lessons, for instance. But Doris’s eccentricities and high spirits generate most of the energy in director Mario Marcel’s good-humored if somewhat stiff-looking production, which is billed as a U.S. premiere. (The play is performed in Spanish with English surtitles.)

Its jokey atmosphere and occasional gently risqué conversation notwithstanding, “La Vida” has a serious side: As its three female characters share their obsessions, reminiscences and modern-life survival strategies, the play reflects on the complicated, ambivalent feelings many women have about sex and, especially, parenthood. Ambivalence is certainly unavoidable for Sole, who hastens to the maternity ward when an unmarried friend goes into labor with quintuplets. When Marina (Jhakye García), another friend of the expectant mother’s, also arrives, the tension rises.

Marina is a conservative, prudish single person who hankers to be a mother. Sole is a busy, ambitious professional who relies on her husband to cope with the children and who secretly thinks family life is overrated. (“In your place, I would have become the reincarnation of King Herod,” she says to Nurse Doris, a propos of all the babies in the maternity ward.) As for Nurse Doris — she’s Nurse Doris, happy to scandalize everyone. Since the quintuplets dawdle en route to birth, the three women have time to shatter each other’s assumptions about love, success and happiness.

Calderón gracefully layers Sole with vulnerability and narcissism, and García’s Marina exudes suitably prim embarrassment. (Costume and prop team Rosita Becker, Silvana Fierro and Nucky Walder contribute the character-befitting garb and, important, handbags.) Director Marcel designed the appropriate waiting room set, with its institutional chairs and carpeting, paintings of storks and strategically positioned box of tissues.

Don’t worry: Those tissues aren’t put to too much use in this comedy, which shares Nurse Doris’s wisecracking zest for life.
La Vida Que Me Das... y no me alcanza (Such a Life You’ve Given Me... and it’s not enough)

by Susana Torres Molina. Direction, set and sound design by Mario Marcel; lighting, Brian S. Allard; assistant directors, Silvana Fierro and Marisol Flamenco. About 80 minutes. In Spanish with English surtitles (translation by David Bradley). Tickets: $15- $35. Through March 9 at Gunston Arts Center, Theater Two, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington, Va. Call 703-548-3092 or visit www.teatrodelaluna.org

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