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Members say: Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny
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Critics
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19 reviews
Members
77
115 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.

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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 (134)

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77
Avg Score

80
Relevant, Great writing, Cliched, Good acting, Well staged

See it if You like drama touching on race relations both between races and within the latino community a great cast, & a good tightly paced production

Don't see it if Hate obvious endings or can't deal with plays that have some Spanish dialogue that isn't translated (it didn't bother me)

80
Intelligent, Modern, Steady

See it if female playwrights make you go WAHOO! and you're into seeing themes of authenticity in culture play out.

Don't see it if you need to root for the main character. Unfortunately, the actress playing Lucia is hard to get behind in her search for self.

98
Clever, Great acting, Riveting, Great writing, Insipid

See it if Like feminist issues and incredible plot

Don't see it if You don't like plays

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you want to see an engaging relationship unfold

Don't see it if you dislike cursing, the Spanish language, want unrealistic happy endings

95
Delightful, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy smart well paced two handers.

Don't see it if Want to watch another pretentious play

65
Funny, Relevant, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You don't mind a very familiar tale with a Mexican twist.

Don't see it if You aren't fond of stories done many times before but now with the characters being people of color.

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.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if Clever word play and resonant topical commentary.

Don't see it if Don't like "two people of different backgrounds gain an understanding" scenarios with an overly familiar "plot twist".

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

78
During previews
Funny, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Predictable, Entertaining

See it if you like two-character plays with limited dramatic action and themes of Hollywood/TV/ethnic exploitation in the entertainment industry.

Don't see it if you expect more than a somewhat predictable outcome with a strong female and a male janitor interacting together.

77
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a thought provoking story on race and class distinction.

Don't see it if a thought provoking show doesn't interest you.

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