Ends Aug 11 | East Village

Mojada

From 26 member reviews
Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking

About the show

MacArthur Genius Award-winning playwright Luis Alfaro returns to The Public with the New York premiere of his stirring drama about love, immigration, and sacrifice, inspired by the Ancient Greek story of Medea. More…

Helmed by Chay Yew ("Oedipus El Rey"), this play combines ancient storytelling with the most pressing issues facing our country today, following a young Mexican mother who gives up everything to bring her son to America, only to find America demands even more. With poetry, humor, and heart, "Mojada" is a bold new telling of a story as old as tragedy itself. 


Member Reviews (26)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking
77
Avg Score

80
Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if A new imagining of Medea within a relevant immigrant story. Poignant, well acted, sad.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a compelling story of immigration today. Some parts are hard to watch but definitely thought provoking.

During previews
80
Slow, Intense, Thought-provoking, Well staged, Powerful

See it if you like well-plotted plays. Alfaro's a genius (MacArthur!) at planting seeds alg the way that eventually burst into flower (nightshade).

Don't see it if you want the classic Medea story. Or you're uncomfortable w Spanish. Or you dislike a slightly wooden lead perf. Or you hate tragic endings.

During previews
85
Timely, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Outstanding

See it if Exceptional adaptation of Medea. Poignant, powerful, sad and infuriating.

Don't see it if If issues of immigration and greed are not your thing, more is the reason to see this.

During previews
85
Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting, Dramatic, Intense

See it if Timely Medea adaptation. Great performances. Story moves. Great dramatic scenes and characters

Don't see it if You dislike soap operas, this show sometimes verges on that territory - however I don't think that's a bad thing. It's timely & entertaining

During previews
67
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Banal

See it if If you want another immigration show. Some good acting, some not so good. If you like melodrama.

Don't see it if Slow, boring a story that starts off okay but drags on. Needs to be reconstructed.

During previews
79
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if Interest in harrowing immigration stories, seeing "Medea' adapted for modern times, cynical view of American dream

Don't see it if don't like too many similarities to "Medea," or snippets of Spanish spoken throughout, stock villains, violence against children

Also The play is too divided: is it a contemporary tale about the travails ... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Melodramatic, Heartfelt, Old-fashioned, Slow

See it if you’d like to see any adaptation of Medea, or any play dealing with the extreme hardships many Mexican immigrants endure in coming to the US

Don't see it if you find long stretches of narrative in the theater anti-dramatic.

Also I love that “Mojada” spotlights the unspeakable horrors that some of t... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Timely, Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a version of Medea superimposed on a tale about the plight of Latinos struggling to enter and then adjust to the US.

Don't see it if if are not interested in either immigration policy or Greek tragedy.

Also The ancient and modern stories don't always blend smoothly, but the pl... Read more Read less

During previews
52
Slow, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want a retelling of Medea. A great idea that hits close to home.

Don't see it if Overly melodramatic, mediocre acting, and slow. The idea was stellar, the execution was banal.

During previews
75
Thought-provoking, Tragic, Stilted, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if Good attempt at a contemporary twist to the Greek Tragedy Medea; heartfelt; some excellent acting & a couple that made me cringe.

Don't see it if Slow; difficult to sit through a story you know all too well will end tragically; 2 of the roles are directed &/or acted cartoonishly.

During previews
77
Done well. thought story to tell.

See it if You appreciate updating of classics.

Don't see it if You don't want a very serious contemporary look at an old story.

During previews
75
Over the top, Edgy

See it if you like plays that appear to be going in one direction and then everything gets all shaken up

Don't see it if You have a problem with plays that are over the top and very hard to believe

Also The thing I like most about this is the ending because it’s not what I... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if story of immigrants from Mexico, adaptation of Medea; if you can visualize the hardships being described

Don't see it if long monologues describing trip from Mexico with only a few projections on a city apartment to take you back to descriptions of desert trip*

Also *if you like happy fluffy endings not for you - think Medea.... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Relevant, Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A masterful production with amazing actors. To see a show relevant to current events. Because you know Public Theater shows will be good

Don't see it if Right Wing conservatists, you may want to sit this out if you are anti-immigrants. If you don't like show w 2nd language thrown in.

Also This was a really good show. The actors were also quite good. Although... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Medea re-telling in contemporary u.s., Stilted, Great sound and lighting design, Relevant, Slow

See it if You appreciate the re-telling of classic stories in a contemporary setting. Interested in the heartbreaking journey of Mexican immigrants

Don't see it if Need a fully baked, polished script and production. Acting is very uneven -- a couple of strong performances and a couple that are painful.

During previews
80
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in a very different view of being an immigrant pursuing the “American Dream”.

Don't see it if You cannot understand and respect cultural mores.

Also Overall it’s a wonderful production, though some of the writing feels ... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Funny, Intense, Riveting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Public theater take on Medea set in NY with immigrants as central characters. Immigration stories from Mexico. One hour and 40 minutes

Don't see it if if you are tired or scared about Immigration stories. Current events make real and life like.

During previews
39
Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like shows about hot button issues and don't really care if they are well written

Don't see it if If you like plays where the characters interact and don't have long monologues where they explain things to the audience.

During previews
83
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a classic play that's been transformed to modern day and deals with the immigrant experience.

Don't see it if you want to see a light play or musical. This play is very funny in the beginning but becomes very intense toward the end.

Also The play deals with the immigrant experience using the classic story o... Read more Read less

During previews
71
A surprisingly successful merging of classic greek drama and modern american tragedy

See it if you're compelled by current immigration politics as well as classical Greek tragedies.

Don't see it if you don't like the classics messed with, or if you are unfamiliar with Medea. A few too many people in the audience surprised by the ending.

Also I had really enjoyed Luis Alfaro's OEDIPUS EL RAY a few years back, bu... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to see how Medea is relevant to today's lifestyles. We are obviously doomed to continue to suffer from the human condition.

Don't see it if you don't want to face the truth of the complexities of love, desire, parenting. This is not easy to watch.

During previews
65
Disappointing, Melodramatic, Indulgent, Relevant, Contrived

See it if you'd enjoy an updated Medea set in the context of illegal immigration.

Don't see it if you expect developed characters with rational actions. Or if hoped for an insightful or illuminating take on the current immigration crisis

During previews
95
Absorbing, Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a masterful modern adaptation of Medea that is almost too relevant to our modern times. Brilliant acting that tears at heart

Don't see it if You don’t like Medea, non traditional storytelling, breaking the fourth wall, use of multiple languages, are SPOILER triggered by rape.

During previews
85
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a timely take on MEDEA set in Queens today and with the immigrant experience as its backdrop.

Don't see it if You are a bigoted fool!

Also I wasn't prepared for the visceral power of this incredible re-telling... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Great staging, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Profound

See it if you want to see '"Medea" perfectly adapted to present time;need to understand immigrants'struggles. A moving story perfomed by great actors

Don't see it if you do not want to cry. You are unfamiliar with Euripides' "Medea".


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