Connection problems presents us with a Genesis 2.0. God is very happy with his latest creation: social media. Humans don’t stop sharing inspiring phrases, videos of kittens, photos of volunteers in Africa. Is it true that on Earth peace reigns among men of good will? In her infinite wisdom, the heavenly mother sets out to find out if people are as happy as they appear online. (JACOB’S LADDER).
Borja Echeverría reflects on the power of social networks in Connection problems. Through a kind of reinvention of heaven and hell, shows how technology has also invaded the celestial world. Thus, the ancient battle between good and evil is offered through the humor to make a social critique about how social media has become an obsession. Thanks to that, it exposes a grotesque mirror in the way of relating today, taking it to the extreme. The spectator starts to feel represented in these exercises of pure absurdity, as situations are created that are very recognizable to the general public. There are parts that turn into real hilarity, exploring this fresh and modern character, including references and some messages for a politician.
Divided into a succession of stories, it is clear that this type of narrative structure is the hallmark of Echevarría’s plays. It could already be seen in other projects like “Fear of Commitment”, where there is a main plot that serves as a conduit for the different sketches. We can also see the playwright’s cultural baggage, who uses brushstrokes more subtly or as the main context, as in Sherlock Holmes. However, this everyday character, who connects directly with the viewer, sometimes goes too far and ends up giving off a certain “amateurish” aroma. Consequently, it ends up in a good comedy where it could take it a step further. However, this light personality and good vibes make up for these weaknesses and make the audience like what they see on stage.
The distribution of Connection problems It is formed by Airel Muñoz, Úrsula Villalta, María Petri and Enrique Díaz. In the first place, María Petri becomes the perfect master of ceremonies, with a histrionic self-confidence that she maintains throughout her portrayal as God. However, Petri shows different facets throughout the different scenes in which he stars, allowing him not to stay in a single creative line. With that, he has that vivacious energy, which makes him able to exploit it and impress viewers. Likewise, Enrique Díaz achieves a very well executed interpretive work, with great care with body language, in addition to an acidic humor in its just measure.. He has a very pronounceable charisma, which gives you the opportunity to take advantage of it to shine in some of the funniest parts of the show.
On the other hand, Úrsula Villalta starts with a calmer and less energetic work than that of her colleagues, which makes her evolution seem more gradual.. Despite feeling that there are times when she could improve her work more, there is a certain tenderness and illusion that makes the participants sympathize with her. For example, in the scene where he is reunited with a love from the past, Villalta demonstrates his skill, being one of her best moments. To finish, Airel Muñoz offers a range of interpretations, feeling very comfortable in each one. There is a very well transported naturalness, which is consolidated in an expressive control, both facial and body, in addition to a precise execution of actions. by which, the acting group gains in this familiarity that is transferred to the newsstands.
To begin with, it is necessary to value that more modest productions are launched on stage to offer a spectacle to the spectators. Therefore, Connection problems achieves its main intention, which is to make viewers laugh, while launching various criticisms of society. The setting is simple, humble, but not static. Thus, the space is transformed according to the needs demanded by the plot, which means that a certain movement is perceived. It is true that, despite their intentions, there are times when they do not achieve the power or interest they wish to generate. So there are sketches that work better than others. On the other hand, the selected costumes are well chosen, giving each character their personality and being easily recognizable. Also, as a plus point, the pins become a hit.
However, the artwork lacks a more complete finish, as the seams of a more subdued production are seen on several occasions, such as costume changes between characters of the same actor or transitions. In this sense, it would be necessary to try to improve and not be produced in a somewhat dilettante way, subtracting the effect of the general composition of the piece. despite him, the movement and dynamism that is presented in the show makes the rhythm relaxed and effective. A fun composition that keeps the audience connected. Finally, as a detail, breaking the fourth wall is well executed, except for the interaction emulating a certain program. In this part, it could be planned in such a way that more material and play could be extracted in favor of the work.
Connection problems is a critical comedy with social networks and the world invaded by technology. Thanks to a fresh and updated script, the viewer finds a grotesque mirror with a lot of good humor. However, he could move even further away from the “amateur” character that invades him, something that is replicated in the staging. Despite that, It is valued to advance a project and achieve its main objective: to entertain and amuse the participants. On the other hand, interpretively, it has a cast that likes it, that seems comfortable and knows its main strengths. The Internet and its consequences pass an exam where humor is its main asset. Close and pleasant.
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