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Theatre Glendon’s Latest Production a Mirror of Our Times


Theatre Glendon is staging a thought-provoking production of Spanish playwright Ignacio del Moral’s 1992 play, La mirada del hombre oscuro (The Dark Man’s Gaze) from January 27th to January 30th. Presented at Glendon in Spanish, with English surtitles, this one-act play is a prime example of how del Moral uses his creative work to struggle against the daily social injustices in today’s society.

Winner of the highly acclaimed Spanish Society of Authors Prize, and garnering outstanding recognition among contemporary Spanish dramatic works, La mirada del hombre oscuro exposes some of the social problems afflicting current-day Spain. The universal themes of racism, immigration, and families that fail to function, all come together through the gripping tale of the marginalized illegal immigrant.

The play’s central character, Ombasi is an immigrant who decides to leave his African home country in search of a better future, accompanied by a friend. His odyssey is told through this tragic comedy. After a long journey, Ombasi reaches the shores of Spain, only to become involved with a dysfunctional family consisting of a stubborn father, a capricious mother, and two confused children. Yet, in spite of this misfortune, Ombasi holds on to the hope of starting a new life full of opportunities and well-being. Ultimately though, nothing turns out as he imagined.

At times comical and at others somber, The Dark Man’s Gaze is a suspenseful play that makes audiences laugh, cry and reflect on the social realities of our time.

Show times are Wednesday, January 27th at 7pm; Thursday, January 28th at 5:30pm; Friday, January 29th at 7pm; and Saturday, January 30th at 7pm. Tickets are $10 / students $5; and the play is general admission. For reservations, call the Theatre Glendon box office at 416-487-6822. Theatre Glendon is located on the Glendon campus, 2275 Bayview Avenue (at Lawrence).

Submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny

Published on January 14, 2010