4 Mar Students in the UW Spanish Play Production class will present El Gesticulador ( The Impostor) March 13 and 14 at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre. John W. Kronik (“Usigli’s El gesticulador and the fiction of truth”) also notes in passing that if we situate the play in the tradition of the classic tragedy “it is likely a. With Mari Paz Ballesteros, José Bódalo, Manuel Galiana, Francisco Merino.

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In summary, this story highlights eel desperate and extensive efforts of one man, in the wake of the Mexican Revolution, attempting to elevate his status through a lie, to reinstate some of the goals of the revolutionaries as he runs for governor equalityand as a result, is not fully supported by his family and in the end, is assassinated.

I also like how Usigli developed Cesar by introducing his family and their frustration with him on an intimate level.

Usigli offers a very harsh critique of the Mexican government as well as the Mexican revolution, painting a picture of a movement gesticculador in corruption, lies and manipulation all for personal benefit and gain. Published January 1st by Ediciones Catedra S.

To me, Usigli uses his characters as symbols of the Mexican Revolution. In their conversation, each attempts to blackmail the other. Want to Read saving…. On the surface, there are two Cesar Rubios. To ask other readers questions about El gesticuladorplease sign up. Feb 04, Mary Clare rated it really liked it. El Gesticulador allows the reader to q This play is a perfect combination of raw human emotions and a reflection upon a person’s ability to reinvent themselves.


I also enjoyed the diction: Identity is ours so long as it is convenient for the powerful to let us keep it. Trivia About El gesticulador. This work therefore expresses those feelings in the form of a theatrical play lead by Rubio.

El gesticulador by Rodolfo Usigli

Although the authors’ muralist counterparts practiced and produced similar and unified works conveying similar messages, the written artists experienced their own sort of identity crisis because there was no central message or common genre. Oct 11, Guy Arcuri rated it really liked it.

Usigli offers a very harsh critique of the Mexican government as well as the Mexican re I was surprised by how much Gesficulador actually enjoyed reading El gesticulador. Apr 28, Jennifer Johnson rated it it was ok. Return to Book Page.

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The work thus became the only play in Mexican history to be censored by the government. This article needs additional citations for verification. Not from audiences who loved it but rl politicians who probably saw too much of themselves in it and hired writers to publish scathing reviews.

Again, similar to my previous reading of Los de Abajo, this story does not feature a happy ending necessarily, but more importantly concludes with the continuation of corrupt leadership and a false idea of heroism. I would even venture to say that his role as a US professor is directly related to how the United States tends to be greedy, sticking its nose in other countries’ business.


July Learn how and when to remove this template message. I loved this play. Soulecito rated it it was amazing Dec 03, In the second act one of the most interesting gestciulador exchanges is between Estrella and Elena in which Estrella says to her “What admirable feminine insight! Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Lines about “apariencias” y “gestos” as well as power or deception struck me as repetitive and obvious. But then I thought about the work as a play, which is meant to be performed and this tempered my unqualified analysis somewhat.

Rubio loses himself in his new identity, viewing it as an opportunity to renew the promise of the Revolution. Its debut in the Mexico City ‘s Palacio de Bellas Artes was welcomed by the theater-going public, but was met with hostility by the Mexican government.

El gesticulador

Written in the late What is truth? Jimmy rated it it was amazing Mar 01, Lists with This Book. Books by Rodolfo Usigli.

Feb 03, Callie Deddens rated it really liked it.