His first play Entre el hierro Between the Iron was performed in and he also directed. He went on to write many plays through which he created his own stage language which came to be known as the grotesco criollo , a distinctive Argentine form of the grotesque. He directed the Comedia Nacional Argentina between and during which he staged works which he had translated, as well as Babilonia which he wrote. Italians were by far the most numerous of the vertiginous waves of immigration to Argentina, encouraged by the policies of the liberal governments of the mid-nineteenth century. He portrays the way in which parents are infantilised in relation to their children by their inability to command the language of their new home, which their children come to master with ease.
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His most productive writing time spanned from to and thereafter, he produced theatrical performances of his plays. He is credited with creating and developing the Argentine version of grotesque literature known as Criollo Grotesque or Creole Grotesque, which is characterized by a mixture melodramatic tragic satire and domestic discord. After his mother discovered a notebook filled with dialogue and suggested he try writing his own works, he began composing around Thereafter, he created an average of two plays per year  until