Main performed works
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“Mi cuñado”  (My Brother-in-law)

(Serial TV Comedy)

A “wise” guy who lives with and on his brother-in-law.  (Idea by Oscar Viale).

This program was nominated several times and was awarded the “Martín Fierro” (Argentine “Emmy”) as “Best TV comedy”, “Best TV script” and “Best  comedy actor” from 1994 to 1998.  Co-written with Ricardo Rodríguez in 1994-95.  

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"La fiaca" (Don’t Wanna)  

(6-character stage play)

An employee who never missed work decides to stay at home one Monday morning  just because he doesn’t feel like going to work.

Performed in 30 countries: the whole of Western Europe (except Italy), Holland, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Scandinavian countries, Canada (in French and English) and in all the Spanish-speaking countries.

The last theater version in English was performed by the “Old Globe Theater “  of San Diego in 1991.

The last French version  was produced in 1995, by "La Bordée", a theater in Quebec.

The condensed English radio version was broadcasted in two opportunities between l986 and 1990 by the B.B.C. in its World Service Drama.

In 1967 it was awarded the Sociedad General de Autores de la Argentina (ARGENTORES) prize to Best theater comedy.

It has been published three times in Spanish by three different publishing houses and there is a cinematographic version made in Argentina in 1969.

It was performed in Spanish in the U.S.A. by the Spanish Theater Repertory of New York and other groups. 

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"Los japoneses no esperan” (The Japanese don’t Wait)

(3-character stage play)

A man is packing to go on a business trip. His wife is helping. Actually, he is leaving her for another woman who is waiting for him at the airport.  He plans not to come back but dares not tell the truth to his wife. She is aware of the situation but, instead of facing the facts, she manages to lock him up in their apartment. Then, she pretends to share her husband's asto­nishment and desperation when he sees he cannot  make it to the airport.  Fed up of  waiting, the other woman comes to their home in rage.

Performed in 10 countries, 1973 ARGENTORES prize to the Best theater play comedy.

NEW YORK TIMES said:  “.... One of the big hits  of the commercial theater is “The Japanese don’t Wait” by Ricardo Talesnik... ” “....a classic triangle play in Neil Simon’s style and seemed to me as well written as anything by Simon ”. 

A cinematographic version was made in México (1975).

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"Cien veces no debo” (One Hundred Times, No!)

(6-character stage play)

A young girl gets pregnant and she does­n't know who the father is. Her pa­rents find out about her pregnancy and, though they think they are "modern", unders­tan­ding and tolerant, they des­pera­tely try to marry her off to any of the three possi­ble fathers. 

Performed in the U.S.A. (in English and Spanish) by the Bilingual Founda­tion of  Arts. Also performed in Spain and Argentina.

A cinematographic version was made in 1989.

The script got the 1990 ARGENTORES prize to the Best screen-play.  

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"Las venganzas de Beto Sánchez" (The Vengeances of Beto Sánchez)

(Screen- play)

A man reaches forty, loses his job and is unable to get another one.  He starts taking non-violent revenge against those he considers responsible for his present situation:  his first teacher, the parish priest in the neighborhood he grew up in,  his first girlfriend  who had left him for another man, a cousin of his –extremely elegant and smart-  he always took as a model,  a retired military  man who was his draft superior, his first employer, etc.    

1973 prize of Cronistas Cinematográficos de la Argentina (Movie Reviewers Association from Argentina) to the Best comedy film. 

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“EL Avión Negro”  (The Black Plane)

(Sketched stage-play, several characters)

The imaginary reactions of different sides of the Argentine Society upon an eventual return of President Perón, at a time in which not even his name could be mentioned. 

Co-written with Roberto Cossa, Germán Rozenmacher and Carlos Somigliana. Casa de las Américas Award,  1970.

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“Solita y sola” (Lonely Loner)

(One-woman show)

A woman tells her life, together with a life-size male doll whose voice will change according to the characters he represents.

Performed in Buenos Aires 1972-74. 

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"El Chucho" (Creepy)

(2-Character stage-play)

The paranoic fantasies which chase a hypochondriac while he is waiting for the  results of his lab tests mingle with the fantasies awakened in him by an attractive neighbor whom he had resorted to for help.

Performed in Paris and Buenos Aires in 1976-1977.

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"Yo también tengo fiaca” (Lazy Woman)

(Screen-play)

A married woman, mother of two, becomes fed up of the daily grind and decides to take a holiday all by herself.

1978 ARGENTORES prize to the Best comedy film script.

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"La guita" (Dough)

(Sketched screen-play)

Different characters and their pursue for money.

Co-written with Jorge García Alonso.

1978 ARGENTORES prize to the Best comedy film script.

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"Cómo ser una buena madre” (How to Be a Good Jewish Mother)

(2-Character stage play)

The relationship between a posses­sive and domineering mother and his only son. Series of les­sons presented by the son him­self. Each lesson is a sub­ject: guilt, food, sex and so on.

Sketched satire performed at the Spanish Theater Repertory of New York, at the Festival Calderón de San Antonio (Texas), in other North American cities and in  7 Latin American coun­tries.

The San Antonio Light said: "...Jewish mother wittily portra­yed..." "... Much fun has been made of the poor Jewish mother, but few actors have ever done it so well, and with so much good grace, as Argentine playwright Ricardo Talesnik and his wife..." "...Such is the stuff of good theater."

It was performed more than 1000 times between 1972 and 1990.

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“El juicio perdió el juicio” (Judging Judgement)

(A nine-character stage farce)

A couple is being judged by a court of justice composed of Judge, Accuser and Defender. The Victim is their eight-year-old child. The only witness is a multidisciplinary intellectual from central Europe. The charges are, among others, those of giving birth to children without asking them first how willing they were to be born, also selfishness, ignorance, lack of awareness, irresponsability and so on.

Perfomed at the “La Cova” Theater. Buenos Aires, 1982.

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“Ensayo de pareja” (Couple Rehearsal)

(2-character stage play)

A couple –actor and actress- rehearses a play made up of different scenes in every couple’s life together.

Performed in the U S in 1983, at the Festival Calderón de San Antonio (Texas), in other North American cities and in 7 Latin American countries.

The San Antonio Light said: "...Talesnik and Trayles are eminently qualified to entertain us with their spoofs of the games married people play...” “...Although they assume a wide variety of personae in their play, they remain faithful to a basic rapport  which makes their work human and believable...  “ “....This is a work that will play in English as well as it did in Spanish.”

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"Nunca más una sola mujer” (Never just one Woman Again)

(6-character stage play)

After three  separations, a man decides to quit monogamy.  Unadvertedly, while just trying to satisfy his various needs, he gets involved with five different women at the same time. Everything  works fine until one day the five women come together by chance. 

Directed by the author in Mexico in 1992.

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“En camiseta” (Casual)  

(One-man show)

Performed by the author in USA (New York,  Washington, Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Kansas, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Los Angeles y Santa Bárbara), Argentina, Colombia y Venezuela, between 1985 and 1994.

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“The Man who Wanted to Die” 

(Screen play)

A successful businessman with a wife, a mistress and two adolescent children, learns he will be dying in six months.  After a few  tragicomic  reactions, he tells his family about his condition. As their reaction is not the one he expected, he decides to get rid of all his possessions. The closer his final days come, the better he feels.  After a new medical  check-up, his doctor tells him he is in perfectly good health. In good health... but poor.  He feels worse than he did when he thought that he was going to die. 

Shot in México in 1997, produced by Roberto Bolaños (“El Chavo”). 

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