Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Weekly Margin 2022, W37: Los Otros, Back to You

8/31/22: Los Otros
What: A new semi-autobiographical chamber musical from Ellen Fitzhugh and Michael John LaChiusa about two people whose lives seem separate, and how they finally connect: a white twice-divorced mother of two and a gay Mexican accountant.
And? The resolution wasn't as ultimately satisfying as its ambitions, but both performers are still absolutely wonderful, with resonant instruments and affecting vulnerability.

Caesar Samayoa and Luba Mason as Carlos and Lillian. Photo by
Russ Rowland.

9/02/22: Back to You
What: Turn to Flesh, FUERZAfest, and the Hispanic Federation present Chris Rivera's new play about two Mexican-American childhood friends who fall in love but learn that love isn't as simple as just saying the words.
And? Just completely lovely. Alternately heartmelting and heartbreaking, poetic, deeply human. Both Rivera and Joe Montoya give honest and nuanced portrayals of their characters, tapping into their vulnerabilities with bravery, while also finding their charm and sweetness, their hard edges and their protective walls. I'm so grateful I got to see it, and I hope this play has the long life it deserves.

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