This one-act psychological thriller starts up with a video confession from an on-stage projector. What is chilling is the matter-of-fact way Ramon (Antonio Delli), in a full-faced close-up, tells us in a hushed voice, how he killed an old woman. “….I feel no remorse, not the slightest feeling of guilt. Nothing…..I strangled her…..She was old […]
“My Lord, why have you abandoned me?” cries Jesus, his last words from his heart that rock our souls without deadening our ears. Argentine actor, the gifted Mariano Mazzei as Jesus, looks directly at us from the cross, and into our souls with penetrating eyes. And in playwright Mariano Moro’s stunning poetic outpouring in Jesucristo, […]
Teatro de la Luna launches its Fifteenth International Festival of Hispanic Theater with a wickedly cynical, needling, protest play that is a send-up. Dominican identity is dissected through the story of Shakespeare’s Othello.
From a blackout on stage, we hear her voice: “I am the most important person in my boss-lady’s life.” A musical fanfare resounds from overhead. Ta-dah! Lights come up center stage. And Perla Laske, a renowned actress from Argentina, seated on a throne as a Paraguayan wielding a broom like a scepter, introduces herself as […]
Five madcap players from Spain fire up wholesome, exciting ‘theatre with a capital T,’ for this weekend’s addition to The Moon’s Embrace, Teatro de la Luna’s newest festival. The tight-knit troupe from the Factoria Teatro company deliver dialogue so rapid-fire, switch characters, scenes and props with such split-second ease, they take your breath away.
Why do they keep crossing the border? Slide projections of hate-graffiti flash by on a back wall screen: “We Are Against Immigrants,” “Get out, Nicaraguans,” “Illiterate Immigrant,” followed by by a newspaper headline, “Three Costa Ricans Held in Nicaragua.” Border crossings taking place between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, two Mesoamerican countries are unusual for us […]
Think of the present day Arab Spring. In 1868 Spain, public dissent was in the air. The revolutionary fervor, called La Gloriosa (Glorious Revolution) led to the overthrow of Queen Isabella II and outcries for a government that spoke for the people. Real life events inspired composer Federico Moreno-Torroba who collaborated with librettists Federico Romero […]
“I’ve been dying for a drink,” says Young Woman (Daniela Alvarado). That’s scene one’s startling first line that unreels Venezuelan playwright Enrique Salas’ glib dialogue. When one drink becomes one drink too many, the results can be high hilarity (pun intended) or a desperate search for dignity and recovery.
We could all be going through airport security instead of being ushered onto a black box stage where we are about to become part of an art-making process. “Please come in. Leave your belongings on the seats. You can leave your keys, your purses. It’s a secure zone…. Put your cell phones on silent mode, […]
Ecuadorean Peky Andino sheds new light on the Greek myth of Medea as the child-killing mother who gets away with murder. The playwright/poet changes Medea into a sympathetic, blind saint from Ecuador and skillfully creates a hauntingly surreal, dramatic monologue about all emigrants who seek a better life by leaving their homeland.
Denise Duncan, a new voice from Costa Rica, knows the issues of immigration first-hand. Her play, Latinas, premiering in Teatro de la Luna’s International Festival of Hispanic Theater, is about the frustrations and anguish that immigrants in the Spanish-speaking world face when trying to get citizenship in a foreign country.
Love! How do you define it? An insane passion kept Lope de Vega (1562-1635) churning out plays, sometimes a play a day. Nothing could stop this 17th century genius, once called “a monster of Nature,” from writing so truthfully about what he observed.