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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.'

 

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Reviews (134)

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77
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

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.

75
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you have an interest in Mexican culture, identity and class. There's Spanish interspersed throughout, but not necessary to be fluent.

Don't see it if you're sensitive about identity politics and political correctness. On second thought, you should expand your horizons and see this!

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

See it if you're interested in the topic of representation of women and minorities (particularly Hispanic) in Hollywood

Don't see it if you wouldn't want to see a two-person play

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.

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.

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

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

100
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Must see, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if If your into great acting funny.I though it was a great play loved it.a must see.

Don't see it if If your not into funny acting or have a problem with Spanish speaking in some of it.