What is Microteatro?

A fifteen-minute play, in a 15 meters squared space (160 square feet), for fifteen viewers.

That’s the concept of microteatro or microtheater–a new “revolutionary” way of going to the theater that is all the rage in numerous cities around the world. You’ll find it in Madrid, Buenos Aires, Lima, and Miami, among other places.

And now, it’s here in Santo Domingo.

Each 15-minute play costs 200 pesos per person. Tapas and bar orders are separate, and optional.

Microtheater in the Colonial City

Microteatro Santo Domingo opened about three months ago–attracting a trendy, artsy professional clientele looking for entertainment on the weekends (shows begin on Thursdays).

The theater’s home is in a gorgeous colonial building I immediately recognized on Calle Jose Reyes (it used to be a health/vegan cafe before this–and I remember thinking that would not last–perhaps they were ahead of their time).

A bar lounge offers tapas–I tried two excellent plates–while you wait on your play in a romantic patio. So romantic that frankly, I’d even come here on date just for the setting.

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Each month has an overarching theme and you can choose to watch up to four plays in one evening at 200 pesos per person per play.

Monthly Theme and Multiple Plays

For some reason, only one was on offer the night I went–a rainy Friday evening–the last week of performances under the theme Por el futuro. Titled “Sexo 10.0,” it was a skit of two people–dressed like robots, in the 22nd century–who meet online through a dating app. One of them, named “10,” is looking for love and a partner, while the other “69” is looking for sex. They chat, and decide to hook up immediately (the message being that in these times we live in, there’s no need to get to know each other anymore).

Snapshot from one last month’s plays, “Sexo 10.0″–about love in the 22nd century, in a world of robots.

Love in the world of robots–isn’t that what many people have become now as well with today’s technology of social media, smartphones, direct messaging, texting, apps, and instant meet ups?

We laughed a few times during the play–I loved the actors’ energy and creativity–and time flew so rapidly that I could swear the play didn’t last 15 minutes. It was enough to give me a taste of Microteatro SD. Next month’s theme, which I believe has kicked off already, is titled “Por sexo.”  

If you’re an actor/in theater, look out for their Instagram page and pitch your idea away when the time comes (every month).

Verdict

If you speak Spanish, it’s a two thumbs up (*I have to add, they speak pretty fast–Dominican style–so you’d have to be fluent).

If you don’t speak Spanish, go anyway for the tapas and the setting.

One of many romantic corners in the courtyard lounge of Microteatro SD. – All images by Lebawit Lily Girma
The colonial setting begs for a selfie.

Insider Tip

Call before you head out to find out how many plays are offered that night, to make sure they’re all on rotation.

Find out what else is new in Santo Domingo, and keep an eye on DRVisitor’s Instagram.

Have you been to Microteatro SD? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

Lebawit Lily Girma

A former corporate attorney, Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for US-publisher Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize and Moon Dominican Republic. Originally from Ethiopia, Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–fluent in four languages, she has lived in eight countries besides the U.S., including Belize, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Her articles and photography focusing on culture, adventure, and sustainable travel in the Caribbean region have been published in AFAR Magazine, CNN, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, and others. She is the recipient of the 2016 Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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