If you’re feeling like you want to delve a little deeper into current Argentine social issues, El Cauce written by playwright Matias Bertiche is a good choice for you.

The play, currently running at the Tadron Teatro in Palermo (Niceto Vega 4802), deals with the dense and volatile subject of the Argentine dictatorship. Prior knowledge of the darker side of Argentina’s more recent political history is crucial to fully understanding the play. Other than that caveat, people with intermediate Spanish comprehension skills and propensity to learning about history will be well suited for Bertiche’s piece. The play is an intense one, but the story is well worth the comprehension effort. And if you have a little trouble understanding the reveal at the end like I did (there are a lot of layers!), ask your neighbor. It’s worth delving into.

For those of you who are working on developing your Spanish comprehension skills and need a little something to get you going, here’s a bit of context: the play takes place in a VIP cell on an Argentine Army detention center, the show centers around Carolina Vidal, a young lawyer hired to represent Coronel Rubén charged for “crimes against humanity” committed during the Argentine military dictatorship. It’s 2007, marking 20 years since their paths have crossed. Vidal’s father and Rubén were old pals, but he barely recognizes her after all these years. Her weekly visits to his cell slowly unfold information for Vidal to piece together, and not just for the case. What she learns will affect their relationship and her whole life.

This intimate play is is as engrossing as it is politically relevant. This work provides nuance and context to the larger conversation taking place on what the the lasting social impact this dark period in history has been. It runs each Thursday night during November with a rumored possibility of extending further. The theatre has an open seating policy (no assigned seats), so make sure you snag one closer to the front.

The 110, 15, 141, and the 39 will all get you there or hop on the subte to the Malabia-Osvaldo Pugliese on the B Line or R. Scalabrini Ortiz on the D Line. General admission tickets are ARS $80 and ARS $60 for students and seniors. To reserve call 4777-7976 or check out their website for more information here.