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Rafael Barradas. Figurine for The Butterfly’s Evil Spell.1920. Photo: Huerta de San Vicente (St. Vincent Farmhouse)
Rafael Barradas. Figurine for The Butterfly’s Evil Spell.1920. Photo: Huerta de San Vicente (St. Vincent Farmhouse)

Barradas’ costumes did not exactly help to mitigate the effect of the play’s dialogues that provoked hilarity among the Eslava audience. Catalina Bárcena, the Señora Cucaracha (Mrs. Cockroach), appeared on stage with her legs girded by a black leotard, a patent leather chapstick, with a round helmet on her head with two little twisted feathers on the sides. When it was her turn to exclaim “but what do I have on my head?”, a joker from the audience answered: “Two little horns”. La Argentinita’s characterization as a Butterfly did not help to save the show either.