the way she spoke
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the way she spoke NYC Reviews and Tickets

69%
(37 Reviews)
Positive
51%
Mixed
46%
Negative
3%
Members say
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Slow, 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.

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Member Reviews (37)

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Sincere, Slow, Relevant, Poignant

See it if ur a fan of Kate del Castillo; u want to hear a harrowing, eye-opening probe into the mistreatment of women in the border town of Jaurez.

Don't see it if u expect any inventive stagecraft, gripping theatricality or explosive histrionics; u expect a lighthearted monologue from a telenovela star Read more

60
Poorly performed, Poorly written, Nondramatic

See it if you're interested enough in the epidemic of violence against women in Juarez that a simple data dump on the topic is worth your time & money

Don't see it if you like your 1-person shows to be stage-worthy. Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
July 18th, 2019

"‘the way she spoke’ Is a Trip to Ciudad Juárez. Isaac Gomez’s one-woman play follows the trail of violence in a city on the Mexican border."
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Time Out New York
July 18th, 2019

★★★★ "Kate Del Castillo stars in Isaac Gomez's terrific solo show about horrors in Ciudad Juárez."
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Variety
July 19th, 2019

"The 'docu-mythologia' about the disappeared women of Juarez, Mexico, is both sobering and distancing."
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Theatermania
July 18th, 2019

"'The Way She Spoke' Spotlights the Epidemic of Female Homicides in Ciudad Juárez. Kate del Castillo stars in the latest solo show from Audible."
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BroadwayWorld
July 19th, 2019

"Isaac Gomez's 'THE WAY SHE SPOKE' Explores a City's History of Violence Against Women"
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Lighting & Sound America
July 29th, 2019

"Isaac Gomez's new work is an honest and honorable attempt at tackling an appalling, long-running injustice; that it is a losing battle says much about the difficulty of the material, which may be immune to dramatic treatment, at least in the format employed here."
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New York Stage Review
July 18th, 2019

★★★ "Kate del Castillo delivers an actor's tour de force as more than a dozen characters in this contemporary border drama."
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TheaterScene.net
July 26th, 2019

"Though it's based on interviews with the relatives of a number of young Mexican women--and girls, really--who had gruesome deaths in Ciudad Juarez, "the way she spoke" is surprisingly unconvincing. It's not so much the writing as the performance that prevents us from following or believing what we're told."
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Theatre is Easy
July 18th, 2019

"A one-woman exploration of the violent and bloody femicide in Juarez, Mexico…ambitious, but emotionally flat…the frequent character shifts make for a disjointed narrative…Something of a call to arms, for despite its flaws, it suggests that we have a moral obligation to be our sisters' keepers."
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July 18th, 2019

"Del Castillo effortlessly portrays not just Gomez and herself (as I said, it's all a little meta) but a dozen other characters - including the Virgin Mary - with significant yet subtle differentiation in her voice, posture and looks."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
July 24th, 2019

"For all its tragic content, 'the way she spoke' is far less…affecting than might otherwise be imagined, partly because of Gomez's narrative approach…del Castillo…makes a strong effort but not enough to overcome the ennui that arises, regardless of the inherent power of the subject matter."
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