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I Know Why the Caged Bird Slays

When they first meet, Jason (Alex Hernandez) confuses Medea (Sabina Zúñiga Varela) for a bird, “El Guaco” or “the laughing falcon.” Likewise, when the audience first sees her, she is flapping a pair of large banana palms, like the guaco ready to take flight. But the comparison is misleading: in Luis Alfaro’s Mojada, an adaptation […]

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Any Baggage You Don’t Claim, We Trash

We open with an esctatic funeral celebration led by the Jheri-curled Pastor Freeman (Marchánt Davis).  Esctatic because Barack Obama has just won the presidency, and therefore Freeman is burying not only Righttocomplain, another victim of white supremacy, but their “suffering as people in this wretched land.”  From now on, “the President of these United States […]

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On the Tip of Your Tongue

There is a crack running down the dining room wall.  Deborah (De’Adre Aziza) tries to hide it, to cover it up with—of all things—Ellis Wilson’s Funeral Procession.  Some of the floorboards are rotting, too, so she moves the table over those.  You see, Deborah lives the politics of respectability; all flaws must be covered up.  […]

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Vienna Waits for You

The Elevator Repair Service is best known for their radical minimalist productions; perhaps their most famous is Gatz, an eight-hour reading of The Great Gatsby in its entirety.  I was admittedly ambivalent, then, about their Measure for Measure: would director John Collins and his cast and crew suit the text to the concept or the concept to […]

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