The Key

The Key (1933)

The sisters Cortesina

Genre: Joke in two acts and ten scenes.
Text: Joaquín Vela and Eusebio Sierra.
Music: Francisco Alonso.
Premiere: December 16, 1933, at Teatro Pavón, Madrid.
Performers of the premiere: Amparo Raberner, Concha Rey, Angelica Cortesina, Maruja Vergel, Elva Roy (dancer), Salvador Videgain, Julio Castro, Manolo Tito and Mr. and Mrs. Ornat and Vázquez.

Synopsis: A government ministry tries to implement a tax for extramarital amorous escapades, this gives rise to a series of charming and hilarious episodes.

At times vaudeville, at times variety show, at times satirical, the text of La llave, toys mischievously with misunderstanding and puns, although it is an elegant show. There is no shortage of the classic roles, associated with this genre: a homosexual, the cheeky and the beautiful vicetiples, all presented lavishly and to great effect.

Of the music written by maestro Alonso, the “pasodoble de las lagarteranas”, the “chotis de las desnudistas”, the “foxtrot de las castigadoras”, a rumba and a number starring the watchman were all warmly applauded.