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the way she spoke

From 37 member  reviews
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. 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 (37)


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

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

Also This show seems ready-made for Audible's audiobook format & not so muc... Read more Read less

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.

Also The subject of the epidemic of violence against women in Juarez, Mexic... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Dizzying, Convoluted

See it if Interested in true crime tale of murders of Mexican women on the border, to see single actress manage play's odd structure, fan of actress

Don't see it if turned off by subject matter, confused by a man's story played out by a woman, don't like occasional Spanish phrases in dialogue

Gruesome, Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Edgy

See it if Documenting monologue of the fallen women of Juarez and their graphic demise at the hands of those perpetrating violence.

Don't see it if Misstep in actor reading headlines/script which isolates the topic from the reality she's trying to create. The result lands like a podcast.

Also This is a gruesome entertainment.

Relevant, Beautifully performed, Painful, Graphic, Compelling

See it if You want to know more about the 'desaparecidos" of Juarez. You want to see a one woman show filled with colors that really works.

Don't see it if This production is, by definition, a violent depiction of the random murder of women south of the border. THe images are stark and vivid.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy fine acting by one woman speaking Spanish & English telling of the tragic unpunished killing of women in Juarez

Don't see it if you prefer ensemble acting.

Spoke is woke

See it if Love solo shows and their downtown energy, in a downtown venue.

Don't see it if You are hard of hearing, uncomfortable with Spanish or Mexicans. You hate solo shows.

Also Del Castillo evaporated my expectations of a telenovela actress on sta... Read more Read less

Topical, Intelligent, Short-yet-long, Intense, Edgy

See it if you're already a fan of solo shows and like to see them in their many forms.

Don't see it if you get antsy easily. Despite the running time, this one really requires your attention.

El cheapo production standards, Disappointing, Slow, Important topic but mishandled, Lacks dramatic tension

See it if you're a fan of actress Kate del Castillo, director Jo Bonney, or playwright Isaac Gomez; you're from Juarez, Mexico; you adore solo shows

Don't see it if you expect a coherent narrative or character development or dramatic tension; you dislike bi-lingual scripts; you go to the theatre to laugh

Also A horrifying topic such as the abductions and brutal murders of women ... Read more Read less

Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You like to hear what happens in real life close to the US border and want to try to understand why people want to come to USA

Don't see it if You do not like graphic and intense descriptions of awful events and you feel too distant from this sort of reality

Also The actress who reads this 'play' is very intense and convincing. She ... Read more Read less

Quirky, Intense, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You like good acting an a disjointed storyline.

Don't see it if You do not like one person shows.

Also Staging is confusing.

Intense, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever

See it if You enjoy one-person shows that tests the strengths of an actor dealing with rich, compelling text.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a somewhat verbose narrative style that makes you feel like you'll never get to leave.

Uninspired, Journalistic, Relevant, Topical

See it if You are fairly uninformed regarding the violence against young women in Juarez.

Don't see it if You expect the piece to elevate itself beyond the subject matter.

Also Unfortunately, I found that this piece used the undoubted and deserved... Read more Read less

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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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July 18th, 2019
★★★★ "Kate Del Castillo stars in Isaac Gomez's terrific solo show about horrors in Ciudad Juárez."
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July 19th, 2019
"The 'docu-mythologia' about the disappeared women of Juarez, Mexico, is both sobering and distancing."
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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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