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Members say: Relevant, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny
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Critics
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19 reviews
Members
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94 reviews
 

Primary Stages presents the NY premiere of this comedy about the burgeoning friendship between Lucia and Abel, two Latinos working at a ruthless Hollywood studio.... Read more

Lucia is a tenacious novelist, newly hired to write for a TV detective series and struggling to find her place among a team of domineering white male co-workers. Abel is one of the studio’s janitors, compassionate to Lucia’s difficulties, and generous with his opinions and personal anecdotes. As their bond grows, Abel’s stories quickly blur with those Lucia is writing for the show, and they find themselves in the center of their own not-quite-made-for-TV drama. Written by Tanya Saracho, co-producer of ABC's 'How to Get Away with Murder.'

 
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Avg Score

80
During previews
Predictable, Interesting, Entertaining

See it if Thought there was interesting material here about how different people of Latino origin react to one-another & how/when Spanish is used ...

Don't see it if But thought the plot development could be seen coming from a mile away, especially if you've seen Whorl Inside a Loop.

77
During previews
Entertaining

See it if you like actor chemistry. Ideas about ethnicity and class are interesting. Dialog is easy to listen to and time goes by quickly.

Don't see it if don't want some kind of preachy dialog. Not too heavy handed, fortunately.

70
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy small plays about "real" people, with a singular view to be expressed. Good bones here, but needs some work. Spanish is included.

Don't see it if you don't want a fairly predictable plot and ending; you don't speak a word of Spanish; you hate "small" theater; you hate racist characters

79
During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant

See it if you like stories about the experiences of immigrants and people of color; if you support good theater that promotes marginalized voices

Don't see it if you're ardently alt-right (though really, this should be required viewing for anyone who's ever chanted 'build the wall')

89
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to see a play about a woman who fights her way up the corporate ladder and the lengths she will go to get there.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play about Latin descendants in the work place. You don't want to laugh. You don't have a sense of humor

Also I truly enjoyed this play. I loved Abel (not Abel) and how he approach... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Must see, Relevant

See it if You want reflect and dig deep in how privilege and whiteness impact minorities

Don't see it if you are looking for a big production

70
During previews
Funny, Relevant, Cliched

See it if you want to see an exploration of Latinx race issues (personal and mass media) set in the fascinating context of television writing

Don't see it if you don't care about race/class issues, you don't like plays in which playwright has something interesting to say but it gets muddled

65
During previews
Slow, Repetitive, Talky, Polished production, Script needs work

See it if you're interested in the TV writing world. Or in the Hispanic experience. There are important issues exposed, but not fully addressed.

Don't see it if you want insights. Why make us care about a character only to make her unworthy? What's the message? Muddled treatment of racism.

Also The playwright makes her two characters bigoted toward each other. Why... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Funny, Relevant, Great writing, Cliched

See it if you like comedy with focus on racial issues in corporate America with two latinx characters.

Don't see it if you're expecting some magical solution to racial issues, can't stand Spanish woven into dialogue, or want to see plays primarily in Spanish.

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Compelling, Intimate, Incisive

See it if you want to see a really thoughtful exploration of the ways in which race and class unite and divide us.

Don't see it if you'll be frustrated by a script that is better than the production it has been given (the acting/direction is good but not amazing).

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Cliched

See it if you are interested in the intersection of class and race, and uneven acting and writing doesn't bother you.

Don't see it if you want to be surprised by the plot or the ending.

72
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Resonant, Indulgent, Great writing

See it if you enjoy plays about every-day life, race, reality, and what needs to be overcome.

Don't see it if you can't put up with some spanish. I don't speak it and didn't feel I missed much. Don't care about race and racism.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Resonant, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy funny stories about racism, classism, sexism, that are HEAVY on the dialogue. Good acting, maybe a little long, but fun to watch

Don't see it if You don't speak Spanish, a lot of the jokes fall flat without that background. You don't like a play about complaining, obvious endings

72
During previews
Entertaining portrayal of mexican-american class differences; no surprise, upper class screws lower

See it if winning performances by 2 actors playing white collar female/blue collar male Mex.-Americans, sharp critique TV portrayal ethnic characters

Don't see it if completely predictable plot: initial romantic attraction turns out to be power play by female 2 appropriate blue collar ethnic authenticity

Also Whispering, I predicted to my companion at the theater about ten minut... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You're interested in a play set now (several mentions of Trump) that deals w/class & race issues; you want to see a young smart writer

Don't see it if You are put off by part of a play in Spanish; you want a perfectly polished production (might improve after previews); cursing offends you

Also I thought this was an excellent play and it was great to be exposed to... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if You want to know Hispanic or Latino experiences. A show that deals with power dynamics within class and race issues. Great acting!

Don't see it if You want to see funny plays. In addition, although the story is good, the pace is way too slow...sometimes makes me impatient.

5
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Slow

See it if You speak fluent Spanish as there are many phrases and sentences in Spanish that will go over your head if you don't.

Don't see it if You want a well-acted or polished show, since this was repetitive, boring, poorly acted, and just under 2 hours with no intermission.

78
During previews
Absorbing, Resonant, Well written, Thoughtful

See it if You want a see a well done, well acted show that deals with class and race. Strong writing, staging is a little weak but fok for the space.

Don't see it if You don't like small shows or shows that examine issues of race and class. Or if you just want escapist fate.

71
During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if See it if you enjoy well-written dialog. The story is about a friendship between two Latinos and the dialog is the key to the play.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you do not enjoy plays that have a message or are politically relevant.

79
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if a charming story about a working relationship between a script writer & office cleaner, both Latino; some nice lines about stereotypes;

Don't see it if you want a deep story about race or class or if you would be disturbed seeing a male pushing a vacuum cleaner

Also Both actors good but Martinez especially so

79
During previews
Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy small theater comedy-drama concerned with current issues of race and class. And good acting by a cast of two, with a simple set

Don't see it if you're confused unless dialog is completely in English,although it's easy to figure out the many Spanish remarks used in the play.

Also The writer, being a female Latina (or Latinx) found the need to includ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You like interesting story lines

Don't see it if You don't like small 2 actors theatre

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You like contemporary shows about about itentity

Don't see it if You don't like two-person, one setting plays

55
During previews
Funny, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a well paced two hander that effectively represents lantinx identity.

Don't see it if If you want a play that delves into deeper issues of race and ethnic identity.

Also Sadly there were parts of the play that felt added in last minute to p... Read more Read less

56
During previews
Great acting, Quirky, Predictable, Typical la stereotyping and bashing

See it if you enjoy a witty two person show. Particularly - see it if the easy LA stereotypes make you laugh uproariously.

Don't see it if you want something surprising or if you want some real discussion about stereotypes (in this case Hispanics) in the US.