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El president

  • Theatre
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

By: Thomas Bernhard. Trad: Bernat Puigtobella. Dir: Carme Portaceli. With: Josep Costa, Daniela Feixas, Josep Julien, Francesc Orella, Montse Perez, Sergi Misas, Rosa Renom.

With tensions rising in the country, the presidential couple have just escaped unharmed from an assassination attempt that ended the life of the first lady's beloved dog and a colonel. The terror that they feel - accentuated by the risk of being assassinated by their own son, who has joined the anarchist forces - gradually reveals the gulf that separates the apparent solidity of the regime from its actual fragility and mediocrity.

Thomas Bernhard's political farce ruthlessly attacks the heart of power, to offer a merciless dissection of a private life in which the company of masseurs, confidants and official lovers serves only as a distraction from the inevitable loneliness of power, for a ruling couple with dictatorial airs who are as unable to connect with the people as they are with themselves.


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