In Spite of Love

Sept. 13—Oct. 7 $20–$40
GALA Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th St. NW, Washington, DC
(202) 234-7174
El desdén con el desdén, a comic tale about two lovers pretending to hate each other, was penned by Agustín Moreto around 1650. The plot may sound familiar if you've seen Much Ado About Nothing; for reasons that are not GALA Hispanic Theatre's fault, the nearly 400-year-old play might feel derivative of Shakespeare, British tabloids, and Telemundo soaps. Natalia Miranda-Guzmán stars as Princess Diana (not that one), who is known throughout Barcelona as something of a frigid bitch. But one count named Carlos (Ignacio García-Bustelo) decides to try a little reverse-psychology. For much of the play, Diana and Carlos play hard to get, flailing barbs at each other like only hotly attracted adversaries can. The comic acting is decent; and its song-and-dance moments especially make it feel worthwhile. (RJR)

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Friday, December 4 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m.
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