Thursday, October 29, 2009 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 12:22 PM

The new musical production of Vargas Llosa's novel is now at Repertorio Español. On stage until Dec. 26, 2009. This is the NYT review:

Officer Gets an Order He Can’t Refuse

"Soldiers and prostitutes? Nothing new. But when Capt. Pantaleón Pantoja of the Peruvian Army gets involved, he approaches the project with military efficiency.
Pantoja is the protagonist in Repertorio Español’s rousing, sexy and surprisingly sweet world-premiere production of “Pantaleón y las Visitadoras.” This is a musical, based on a novel by Mario Vargas Llosa, that could give bawdiness a good name.

Pantoja is played with supreme comic dignity by Anthony Álvarez, who, from certain angles, looks more than a bit like President Obama. An upright married man who doesn’t smoke or drink, Pantoja is assigned a special project by his superiors.

Soldiers stationed in the Amazon have been raping and impregnating the locals with alarming frequency. The solution? Provide them with professional sexual companionship. The captain takes the job reluctantly (and secretly) but soon has a corps of experienced prostitutes in low-cut, midriff-baring uniforms with black net stockings. He determines the optimal average time for a sexual encounter and brings in pornography to reduce the need for time-consuming foreplay. So far so good, but complications develop.
Read the full review: New York Times

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