It Goes Deeper Than Late Fees

For survivors of Argentina's state-sponsored massacre and kidnappings in the 1970s and 1980s, the Dirty War hasn't ended. The military coup, which began in 1976, resulted in the disappearances of more than 10,000 citizens, many of which are still missing today. Families in Argentina have spent decades trying to locate missing relatives whom were held captive or presumed murdered during the infamous war, and children, many of whom were raised by members of the military who carried out atrocities, are just now discovering the identities of their parents. Growing up in Argentina, Aristides Vargas lived through the horrors of the Dirty War, and his darkly comedic play The Maiden of the Used Books explores one family's misery and their complicated relationships during the coup. The definitions of love and duty are convoluted when the father allows a military assault on his family and must decided whether to carry out abuses himself on those he loves. Catch performances at Teatro Dallas, 1331 Record Crossing Rd. through May 29. Showtimes are 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 to $20. For tickets and more information, call 214-689-6492 or visit
Fridays, Saturdays, 8:15 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: April 22. Continues through May 29, 2011
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