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Consent, the work on rape and abuse inside and outside of marriage


From the British Nina Raine, the local version is directed by Carla Calabrese and Mela Lenoir, in Maipo. Question sexual behavior and judicial traps.

The complexity of certain relationships,

the exercise of sexuality and the functioning of Justice

with respect to these issues in particular, are put under the magnifying glass in the work of the British Nina Raines, Consent, which can be seen at the Maipo theater.

The work brings to light uncomfortable issues, such as

rape within marriage

, adultery and pacts within a couple, and unequal judicial treatment of men and women.

But also, it demonstrates the universality of these topics, since the work premiered in London in 2017.

The adaptation, made by

Mela Lenoir

who directs the production together with Carla Calabrese, places the action among local middle-class characters who work in the field of Justice.

In addition to friendship, they share and discuss different points of view on topics such as infidelity, rape and abuse. 

The version of Consent in the Maipo is directed by Carla Calabrese and Mela Lenoir.

Questions to ask yourself

For some time now, the visibility, by the feminist movements, of these themes that open up the social debate like never before, are also installed from the stage and question the viewer.

It is inevitable not to wonder, question or feel touched

by certain behaviors reflected on the scene.

The characters played by

Mela Lenoir, Diego Gentile, Alejandra Perlusky, Sebastián Suñé, Daniela Pantano, Iride Mockert and Bruno Pedicone

represent, at different times, victims and perpetrators.

In the middle, legality and intricacies (many times tricky) are always at stake, which can tip the balance towards the least expected side.

Because what this piece, which has the virtue of resonating in consonance with a tremendous topicality, also exposes, is that

what seems fair does not always end up imposing itself

as the truth.

Because, in the legal field, there can be more than one truth, even if it is painful for those who have suffered a sexual assault in their own flesh.

In "Consent", as in life, what is fair does not always end up prevailing.


It is that hypocrisy is also in the foreground and, as the characters show, it is usually a yardstick to measure their own pain and that of others, to take one side or the other.

And although

machismo has the upper hand

, the attitude of some women also leaves a lot to be desired.

In the couples of Alex and Romina;

Of Cata and Edi, who have been together for many years, selfishness and revenge seem to prevail over other more noble feelings.

Even the sentimental bond between Luis and Sara that has just begun does not seem to be saved, which accounts for the

climate of disappointment

that prevails at this time.

But also, this is accentuated if we talk about social classes, as evidenced by the character of Hilda (Mockert), the raped woman who

seeks justice, but in return receives indifference and neglect


Maipo's work has an important support in the good performances and in a setting where

the (literal) cardboard furniture accounts for both the falsehood and the fragility

of relationships.

Perhaps the text opens many questions and it would be interesting to delve into some of them.


Consent -

which is from the same producers as

Come From Away


The Curious Incident of the Dog at Midnight -

 achieves its goal, bothering with characters who generate, as the story develops, as much empathy as rejection.

"Consent" exposes complex issues and has good performances.






: Nina Raine


: Carla Calabrese and Mela Lenoir


: Maipo, Esmeralda 443.


: from $3000


: Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.

Suitable for over 16 years.


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