Opens Jul 18 | West Village

the way she spoke

From 24 member reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Confusing, Slow, Relevant, Disappointing

About the show

Based on a series of intimate interviews, this new one-woman play demonstrates the power of speaking truth, even as it considers the implications of doing so. More…

An actress enters a theater, picks up a script, and begins to read. The story that unfolds details disturbing and haunting accounts of the murder of thousands of women in Juarez, Mexico and one playwright’s journey of discovery and responsibility. As lines blur between theatricality and reality, intense and provocative questions are raised and demand deeper examination. 

Please Note: the way she spoke is intended for a mature audience and contains graphic descriptions of violence. Recommended for ages 14+. 

Member Reviews (24)


Thought-provoking, Confusing, Slow, Relevant, Disappointing
Avg Score

During previews
Hard to understand, Tries too hard, Relevant, Confusing, Slow

See it if You want to be reminded of the atrocities being committed against women, particularly in Mexico and how little is being done about it.

Don't see it if You expect to see a well crafted play. This is disjointed, hard to make sense, hard to hear, and understand if you don’t speak Spanish.

Also I was in the second row and had a hard time hearing. I have no idea wh... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Fluffy, Excruciating, Confusing, Banal

See it if You do not care if a play makes little sense or can be confusing at times. If you like a baron stage.

Don't see it if Actor speaking Spanish at times, difficult to hear at times. If you want a quality production or professionally done.

During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Gomez's stark, hallucinatory mono-drama about the brutal border murders of Mexican women is played with heartfelt conviction by del Castillo

Don't see it if Depiction of the various characters can be muddled & actress' accent sometimes hinders; but the closing invocation of victims is chilling

During previews
Confusing, Resonant, Informative, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are a feminist activist. One woman telling the on going story of women being raped and killed in Juarez, Mexico. She plays many parts.

Don't see it if the horrific descriptions are likely to be triggering. There is a lot of untranslated Spanish. The structure of the play is confusing,

During previews
Dizzying, Slow, Disappointing, Relevant, Confusing

See it if you want some exposure to the homicides in Juarez. A mostly bare stage is brought to life with projections.

Don't see it if you want a good grasp of the problem as the play jumps around and the actress is hard to hear and interjects a lot of phrases in Spanish.

During previews
Hard to hear, Intense, Slow, Disappointing

See it if One woman play about the violence to women, strong topic.

Don't see it if Some parts are in Spanish. If you want a happy story. Strong and Sad Topic

Also I was seating in the back and it was so hard to hear.

During previews
Disappointing, Intense, Relevant, Slow, Confusing

See it if You really like one woman plays and are willing to plow through one that has a lot of characters and is pretty confusing

Don't see it if Well, the person on my left was fighting back sleep; the person on my right just had a nap. I guess if you're rested, you don't need it.

During previews
Intelligent, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you speak Spanish; are a fan of Ms. del Castillo; are interested in the subject of the disappearance of Mexican women in Juarez.

Don't see it if you don't understand Spanish.The fact that a play discusses an important issue isn't enough in & of itself to make you like

Also This begins w/ an actress walking into a studio to audition.She says s... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Well intentioned, important topic, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Isaac Gomez's reaction being exposed to things he should have known already

Don't see it if you cannot tolerate bilingual plays or violence toward women is triggering for you.

Also this is a very traditional solo show in the guise of being "different"... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This was a solid one-woman show exploring gender-based violence in the Ciudad Juarez. Kate del Castillo is strong in this important story.

Don't see it if The pacing and writing were a bit uneven and dragged a bit in the middle. There were a few scene shifts that I had a hard time following

Also The final line is haunting and will stay with me for a while.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You want to see a perspective on women in other countries or learn of plight in Mexico. Great acting. Accurate description of events

Don't see it if You do not like dark subjects

During previews
At first i thought oh no just a long boring monologue, but the power kept building as the horror of violence against women in juarez mexico., Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you know about the epidemic of killing of young women in Juarez, this intense one woman show will really grab you.

Don't see it if If you just don't like one person monologue type shows and/or have no interest in the topic.

During previews
Noble intentions/poor execution, May work better as audio download, Structure unclear, Misguided attempt to theatricalize the material

See it if you want a docu style look at violence against women in Ciudad Juarez and the costs of machismo culture; horrifying stories but little drama

Don't see it if unprepared for stretches of Spanish, at times untranslated. Frame problematic: actress playing the playwright describing his interviews

Also The playbill cover is telling because in fact there are two: the outer... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you like ambitious bilingual solo shows with intense and violent content with a message.

Don't see it if you don't like seeing one actor play multiple parts, don't like barren sets with lighting, don't like an actor reading from a transcript.

Also This very ambitious play is raw, edgy and emotional and shares the sto... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you are invested in the story of atrocities against women. But unfortunately this is a workshop with unformed ideas. Very hard to hear.

Don't see it if you want to see a coherent and fully realized one woman show. The actor forgot her lines, the story incoherent and the direction sloppy.

Also Audible is to blame for producing a show that is not ready for audienc... Read more Read less

During previews
Difficult to understand language and accent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You understand Spanish and can decipher a heavy most likely put on accent

Don't see it if You can’t understand Spanish or have difficulty with accents

During previews
Confusing, Edgy, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if One woman show about a very depressing topic...very slow and confusing at times...Some parts are in Spanish...

Don't see it if You want a clear concise story. This one can get confusing... Wikipedia the subject matter before you go.

During previews
Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy one person show & care about humanity issues. There are good insights about what's happening in Mexico about young girls' safety.

Don't see it if You prefer a more fast-paced story and do not understand Spanish.

During previews
Sad, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if You are interested in the topic, want to see a powerful performance on a very sad and relevant issue

Don't see it if You want a happy show, violence against women triggers you or you don't want to hear any Spanish

Also I thought it was a great performance. Reading other reviews i can see ... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I enjoyed this serious solo performance by Kate del Castillo regarding the killing of women from Juarez. Very intense and emotional.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter subject matters and dont enjoy solo performances.

During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You want to watch Kate Castillo give a long monologue. You enjoy a one person show. You enjoy serious show about women in Juarez.

Don't see it if You dont speak spanish. You get lost quick in seriuos monologues, you want more than a one woman show. Cartel stories bore you.

Also Kate does well on TV, but this show is not her best. I speak spanish s... Read more Read less

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

See it if If you like one actor show, with a disturbing true story.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a funny, light play

During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Kate did a fabulous job performing various roles. Very relevant subject matter. A little confusing at times.

Don't see it if Play deals with difficult topic and was very upsetting.

During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a snippet of history of the lost ladies of Juarez. If you like thought provoking drama of current events.

Don't see it if you want a light hearted or musical production

“the way she spoke” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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