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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
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

75
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy contemporary work. I enjoyed the fluidity of languages, tv background, and cultural issues raised. I just wish it dug deeper.

Don't see it if the use of Spanish throws you. The script was unsurprising, and could use some cuts. The direction was not as nuanced as the topics demand.

95
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a show about current events that is also funny, moving, and clever.

Don't see it if you don't like social issues or two person plays.

79
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy plays about the entertainment industry, specifically TV and like two-handers.

Don't see it if You like plays with longer scenes or have difficulty with characters peppering their conversation with Spanish.

86
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Great staging

See it if You care about the struggles of others. You don't mind shows with a small cast. You'd like to see something about the inner workings of tv.

Don't see it if You want music, singing, and dancing. You don't care about personal stories or struggles or how television is made.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful

See it if You want to see an up and coming playwright at the beginning of her career.

Don't see it if You don't like two person plays.

69
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Slow, Hackneyed

See it if you like two- hander plays with good actors that have socially relevant content.

Don't see it if you are looking for a night of light fare.

Also Although the playwright has something to say, the message is repeated ... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Cliched, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to see two talented young actors in an entertaining two hander.

Don't see it if You're looking for a play that takes on contemporary Latino themes from new angles.

75
During previews
Clever, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in seeing social rifts that are found inside Latin cultures played out.

Don't see it if Have trouble understanding Spanish or have trouble relating to Latin cultures.

65
During previews
Relevant, Cliched, Overrated, Fluffy, Conventional

See it if inter-office and racial politics interest you.

Don't see it if you're expecting a thorough exploration of racial dynamics.

72
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Conventional, Brave ending

See it if you want to see a solid, humane depiction on how race is a function of class that doesn't pull any punches.

Don't see it if You want something that'll rock your boat; this is standard gritty/realist Chicago theater (which, TBH, we don't see much in NYC anymore).

87
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a story exploring the developing relationship between just two people.

Don't see it if you are disturbed by some of the dialogue in Spanish. (I do not know Spanish but it was obvious from tone and expression what was said.)

Also The staging was clever and enhanced the action of the play.

86
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant

See it if you enjoy dialogue-based dramedy about intersectionality; compelling perfomances; meta-critique of TV as the American storytelling industry.

Don't see it if you are looking for escapism from sociopolitical reality, action-based shows, or can't make it through a 2-hour play with no intermission.

Also On a simple set (which still nicely depicts the corporate side of the ... Read more Read less

52
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if you like simple, not thought provoking clunky play

Don't see it if you want to think about racial inequality presented in a new way. THIS shows doesn't show anything new or interesting.

70
During previews
Relevant, Cliched

See it if Identity issues on their own will stand in for plot and richly developed characters. Martinez is loose and moving and funny.

Don't see it if You want more than a list of grievances.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Delightful, Cliched

See it if You like show about strange friendships and trying to be successful. Strange twist.

Don't see it if A bit cliched, you have probably seen this topic done better.

77
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You like seeing a solid drama with resonant moments of humor and excellent acting.

Don't see it if You feel we live in a post-racial society.

89
During previews
Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like thought provoking theatre and contemporary playwright -- a fresh new voice. It's a lot of fun too!

Don't see it if you want a serious drama or a musical.

80
During previews
Clever, Intense, Relevant, Great writing, Unusual

See it if You like shows about characters not frequently portrayed.

Don't see it if You need a plot that is not easy to predict.

79
During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want an excellent presentation of cultural bias within a cultural most Americans wrongly think of as homogenous.

Don't see it if you insist on seeing riveting theatre. An unbelievable number of scene changes, the story develops very slowly and the ending is very murky.

87
During previews
Funny, Clever, Great writing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you understand spanish, are interested in the process of writing a tv show, enjoy a play that makes you think.

Don't see it if you don't want to think about stereotypes or are not interested in diversity.

70
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Predictable, Slow, Well acted

See it if You want a harmless soap opera-ish tale about Hollywood workplace politics and prejudices.

Don't see it if You don't want (almost) 2 intermission-less hours of predictable story telling. Bits & pieces are in Spanish...I should have taken it in HS!

78
During previews
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like shows that address social issues.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy 2 person shows.

90
During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Interested in a cultural and politically relevant yet comedic view of differing Latin lifestyles in the US. It is a Spanglish story for all!

Don't see it if There is a lot of Spanglish, which may be confusing if you speak no Spanish. The show would still be enjoyable, though not fully understood.

73
During previews
Great acting, Cliched, Entertaining, Cute set.

See it if you don't need to be challenged. It was a cute show. Great set/lighting. The actors were enjoyable and worked well together.

Don't see it if You need to be challenged, moved or provoked. It played like episodic TV. Lots of transition time. Too, too long without an intermission. :(

80
During previews
Absorbing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if You like a trifecta of great writing, acting, and direction. Dialogue is superb and both performances shine.

Don't see it if You need a story that will change your life.