The dramaturgy of Antonio Buero Vallejo (1916–2000), known as buerismo, was characterized by enhanced realism and historical allegory. In three of his early plays, Buero molds and transforms the conventional meaning of known texts into something fresh, touchingly human, and provocative. This is indeed the case with Casi un cuento de hadas (Almost a Fairy Tale, 1953), a play in which Buero reworks Charles Perrault's "Riquet with the Tuft" to explore the theme of perception versus reality as it relates to human personality on the one hand and, in a veiled manner, the political culture of Franco's Spain on the other.
McSorely, Bonnie. "Antonio Buero Vallejo's Almost a Fairy Tale: A Gloss of Perrault, in Three Acts." Marvels & Tales 26.1 (2012). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol26/iss1/4>.