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Mojada

From 71 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, 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 (71)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

75
Contrived, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Creative, Absorbing

See it if Undocumented immigrant family lives ancient Greek tragedy. I enjoyed the creativity, and the punishment meted out for transgression.

Don't see it if Realistic tragedy of desert crossing doesn't mix well with Greek tragedy. Which mindset are we in? As a result, the play feels contrived.

77
Thought-provoking, Contrived, Absorbing, Timely

See it if you want to see a Latinx tragedy, part horrific account of immigrant exploitation, part melodramatic story of avarice, betrayal & filicide.

Don't see it if u expect an epic tragedy on the scale of Euripedes' Medea, on which Alfaro strains to mirror his modern cautionary tale; u seek lite fare.

79
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in seeing an updated version of "Medea" through the lens of illegal immigrants in Queens.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy intense dramas. Also, if you are not interested in what Luis Alfaro is doing with updating Greek tragedies.

61
Basic information, Annoying, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you’re interested to hear an actor narrate Mexican border crossing but somehow without adding to your knowledge of the border crisis

Don't see it if you hope the play’s connection to the myth is more meaningful than coincidental, are annoyed by obnoxious supporting characters

Also Underwhelming. The transformation of Jason the Argonaut into Jason the... Read more Read less

90
Profound, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A powerful adaptation of Medea, moved to Queens with Mexican immigrants. Heart-breaking. Puts a human face on tragedy.

Don't see it if If you're of the belief that undocumented immigrants are criminals, you will either change your mind or be very angry.

79
Disappointing, Relevant, Slow, Ambitious

See it if enjoy being challenged by updated Greek tragedy using contemporary themes

Don't see it if violence and slow paced action are not your thing

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.

70
Thought-provoking, Slow, Cliched, Relevant

See it if You enjoy classic theater adapted to address current issues.

Don't see it if You actually want the adaptation to work, and are offended by really long stretches of narrated exposition.

84
Relevant, Intense

See it if Greek tragedy in an undocumented couple's story from Mexico to Queens. Really feel for their trapped, undocumented situation of sacrifice.

Don't see it if ICE, gun, sexual assault, blood, or crossing US-Mexico border are triggering. Emotionally wrenching to watch the border crossing and tragedy

Also Diversity: all Latino cast! Characters that are un/documented, rich/po... Read more Read less

71
Relevant, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in a retelling of Medea that centers on the immigrant experience; you want Latinx focused theatre; you like modern updates

Don't see it if you want your characters' motivations to be clear; you aren't comfortable with some Spanish; you are looking for any plot reinvention

Also Using Medea to tell the story of a Mexican immigrant family could have... Read more Read less

71
Disappointing, Enchanting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You want to see a contemporary play about coming to America.

Don't see it if You're expecting a Medea in the classic Greek style.

80
Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to,see contemporary issues relating to mistreatment of migrants smartly told within the framework of Greek tragedy Medea.

Don't see it if You want to be surprised by an ending- this is Medea after all.

69
Over-reaching, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you don't find the immigration crisis sad enough that need a play-write to try to wrap it in a Greek myth.

Don't see it if you prefer more honest. less over-layered depictions of the immigrant experience.

Also Murder, rape, agoraphobia, deceit, more murder. Over-the top!

86
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The classic Media myth retold through undocumented immigrants in this brilliant production that is so powerful speaking to unheard voices

Don't see it if You don’t like modern takes on classic myths or the immigrant experience in the US

72
Slow, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Medea in modern times told through the lens of immigrants. Touches on lots of themes, timeless and contemporary. Moving, but also indulgent.

Don't see it if Repetitive metaphors, cliched characters, a dull set, made this slow and ponderous, as well as message heavy for me.

68
Great staging, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you want a first-hand account of a border crossing and a honest depiction of living as an immigrant in NYC.

Don't see it if you expect the characters to be consistent to their characters. I found some aspects to strain credulity. Also, the play suffers by having

Also multiple endings.

75
Slow, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the plight of illegal immigrants and their stories.

Don't see it if You want to see a happy, funny play with a light theme. This is a serious play that discusses serious issues and hits hard.

70
Intense, Relevant, Depressing, Heart wrenching, Great acting

See it if You are interested in the plight of immigrants coming to this country illegally with a Medea twist to it making it even more depressing.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy intense, distressing theater with nothing uplifting about it.

88
Riveting, Relevant, Intense, Great writing, Great singing

See it if wonderful reimagining of Medea myth in the immigrant experience with good plot twists and excellent acting, especially by two lead women

Don't see it if if truncated plots, minimal production values, intense plot of the traumatic immigrant experience are not of interest

85
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You like Greek tragedy re-worked for today with immediate relevance to immigration issues. Despite a few light touches, this is powerful.

Don't see it if Don't like today's tough issues dealt with in the context of ages old drama and prefer lighter fare.

Also This is a striking and effective adaptation of the tragedy of Medea ap... Read more Read less

85
Powerful, slightly flawed updating of medea., Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you enjoy politicized tragedy.

Don't see it if you want something fun or light.

65
Ill-conceived, Weak acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you do not mind a forced adaptation of the Greek classic, Medea, into a contemporary commentary on immigration and race relations.

Don't see it if expect this adaptation to live up to playwright Alfaro's brilliant adaptation of Oedipus Rex into Oedipus El Rey. Forced and unbelievable.

82
Striking, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant

See it if You’re interested in a story about illegal immigrants and fate of helpless women. It’s more about reality rather than mythology.

Don't see it if You can’t relate to Fairview, these two plays have different theme but they both require great empathy.

71
Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Interesting update that keeps one invested right through known ending, but to me never really draws you in emotionally. Still worth seeing.

Don't see it if Looking for more than just a well-crafted (copied?/updated) story. Want to feel the horrors faced tug at your heart, not just narrated.

72
Mixes two themes: the hard life of an immigrant and the medea story. not an easy match. but well-acted and good direction.

See it if you like the idea of modernizing ancient Greek dramas.

Don't see it if you don't like modernizing ancient Greek dramas.


July 17th, 2019
"Review: A Mexican Medea Heads to New York in ‘Mojada.’ In this retelling of Euripides’ tragedy of an abandoned lover, the heroine is a shy seamstress in seclusion in the Queens neighborhood of Corona."
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July 18th, 2019
★★★ "The world outside the Public Theater is a brutal but effective collaborator in Luis Alfaro’s 'Mojada': As we sit, watching his modernization of Euripides’ Medea, the news whispers additional horrors in our ears..."
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July 29th, 2019
"Morals and Monologues in 'The Rolling Stone' and 'Mojada.' New plays by Chris Urch and Luis Alfaro center on a gay man in Uganda and a Mexican immigrant in Queens, each facing dangers."
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July 17th, 2019
"Playwright Luis Alfaro, whose Latinx-themed adaptations of Greek tragedies include 'Electricidad' and 'Oedipus El Rey,' puts a modern-day spin on Euripides' 'Medea' in his latest work receiving its New York City premiere."
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