Bartolomé Ángel Venancio Alberto Vaccarezza
(1886–1959) was an Argentine
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poet and playwright.
Vaccarezza was born in Buenos Aires
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on April 1, 1886. He is usually credited as the foremost exponent of the sainete
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genre, having written its most popular play, El Conventillo de La Paloma (The La Paloma Tenement
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). He was a friend and collaborator of Carlos Gardel
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, and pronounced his eulogy
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when Gardel was interred at La Chacarita Cemetery
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Besides his literary activities, he presided over Argentores (the national playwright guild) and Casa del Teatro (House of Theater, a beneficent organization that hosts impoverished retired actors).
He died in Buenos Aires, on August 6, 1959.
- Cuando un pobre se divierte
- El conventillo de La Paloma¡¡
- Tu cuna fue un conventillo
- La comparsa se despide (1932)
- Los scruchantes (1911)
- El juzgado (1903, his first play)
Poetry - Tango Lyrics
- La copa del olvido
- Araca, corazón
- Otario que andás penando
- Eche otra copa pulpero
- No me tires con la tapa de la olla
- Pobre gringo
- Virgencita del Talar
- El conventillo de La Paloma (1936)
- Lo que le pasó a Reynoso (1937 y 1955)
- Viento norte (1937)
- Murió el sargento Laprida (1937)
- El cabo Rivero (1938)
- Pampa y cielo (1938)
- El comisario de Tranco Largo (1942)
- Sendas cruzadas (1942)