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Members say: Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny
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Critics
63
19 reviews
Members
76
109 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.'

 


Reviews (128)

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76
Avg Score

50
Relevant, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if You like contemporary plays. It's a relevant premise and the first 30 minutes were promising.

Don't see it if You like unexpected plots or strong acting. The show drags and unfortunately the acting isn't strong enough to move the show along.

79
During previews
Clever, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see a Tanya Saracho play she makes you think about the obvious. sometimes funny show nicely produced by Primary Stages

Don't see it if you have a problem with real life drama of the modern women in the male dominated Hollywood work place. Two characters make up this show.

77
During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow, Good acting

See it if Trenchant play about one's personal identity as artistic fodder Saracho uses theme to explore class divisions as well Great use of Spanish

Don't see it if Writing not as sharp as situation needs & scenes tend to repeat. Lucia is a bit one-dimensional Both actors good but Martinez wins us over

80
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if Contemporary drama about socially and politically relevant themes are your thing. You enjoy shows about developing relationships.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy two-handers. You need elaborate sets and costumes to make a play enjoyable to you. You can't deal with raw language.

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

77
During previews
Great acting, Cliched, Predictable, Too long

See it if you enjoy a two-hander with a thoroughly predictable outcome.

Don't see it if you've seen enough theatre exploring the plight of the poor fill-in-the-blank and the travails therein, real or imagined.

80
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in stories that are timely and well told.

Don't see it if You want to see a fun, light kind of play.

74
During previews
Predictable, Slow, Well-acted

See it if you want to see two actors work very hard.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a work-in-progress that is reminds you too much of a play that starred Uta Hagen or Maria Tucci or Linda Lavin.

75
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like absorbing stories about current issues. Phenomenal acting by Eddie Martinez, who created a beautifully real and complex character.

Don't see it if you don't like to be confronted with race relations at the theater or if a two hander isn't enough to hold your attention.

74
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if u can deal with intra racial profiling watch people of different class form a friendship then use the other to progress in their field

Don't see it if u like fast passed shows

81
During previews
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like a 2 character play and both come off easily comfortable with each other and it just keeps moving.

Don't see it if when you see one character reaching their goal, then compromising the other character who was there with support.

86
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Engaging performances. A non-cliched look at Mexican-American life today. Was totally entertained and interested.

Don't see it if The ending was predictable. At the same time, how they got there was not really believable. Still needs work.

Also It was a delightful surprise to see a play about Latinos in L.A. that ... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Absorbing, Cliched, Slow, Entertaining

See it if interesting dynamic. Class theme disguised as race. Martinez is exceptional. Believable but cliche at points. Satisfying ending. Enjoyable.

Don't see it if Sometimes slow. Could be shortened some 10 min especially on scene transitions. Sometimes predictable.

73
During previews
Resonant, Interesting and mostly absorbing, Needs a 15 minute trim, Story is predictable, but still presents aspects of culture that have been underserved.

See it if You're interested in thinking about lives that might be different than your own. It's a cultural exploration that covers class and race.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in somewhat slow-moving, dialog-heavy play with a predictable plot. Can't sit thru break- less show. Good, not great.

Also I think this was a good effort from a burgeoning playwright. My bigges... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Relevant, Predictable, Slow, Entertaining, Satisfying

See it if You are interested in issues regarding race, class & office politics. It climaxes well; Left the theater having really enjoyed it.

Don't see it if Some parts are a bit slow, 15min could be trimmed to move the story along. It's a bit predictable but ultimately satisfying.

75
During previews
Predictable, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy two character plays with a class/racial dynamic

Don't see it if you want a fully polished script; a bit predictable

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

See it if you're interested in a play that deals with one ethnic group but has universal themes.

Don't see it if you have a problem with a language other than English being spoken within a play.

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