The Gallery Players presents a new staging of Nilo Cruz's 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, a poignant and poetic play set in 1929 in a Cuban-American Florida cigar factory.
This lush romantic drama depicts a family of cigar makers whose loves and lives are played out against the backdrop of Depression-era America. Set in Ybor City (Tampa), Cruz imagines the catalytic effect the arrival of a new "lector" (who reads Tolstoy’s "Anna Karenina" to the workers as they toil in the cigar factory) has on a Cuban-American family, and celebrates the search for identity in a new land.
See it if Absorbing story which unfolded through the dialogue Small theatre which allowed you to see emotions of the actors. Humourous yet serious.
Don't see it if You like extravagant productions or musicals
See it if you want to spend two hours in an old cigar factory learning of their loves and the lives and how reading of a novel propels interaction.
Don't see it if you have trouble understanding accents as there are a mixture of Spanish language tones here. Not high drama but a slow, poetic story.
See it if You are interested in a well written play with history of Cuban cigar rollers. Great costumes and staging
Don't see it if You get bored with overacting and slow moments. Unfortunately even though this play recieved a Pultzer Prize, the cast did not deliver.
See it if plays about underrepresented individuals interest you, or you like pieces that offer a glimpse into a less-known aspect of 1920s America.
Don't see it if you’re turned off by indulgent dialogue. The poetic language gets in its own way and feels forced.
See it if You like historical dramas with live musicians and nice community theatre spaces.
Don't see it if You want something very fast paced or do not want to see a show that covers infidelity, assault, physical violence, and verbal abuse.
See it if you reside in Park Slope and have recently read "Anna Karenina" and you don't mind a show that pinballs between the mawkish & the poignant.
Don't see it if you're nettled by inconsistent Spanish accents, a poor sense of time and place, and a periodic tendency to go for the cheap laugh.
Also Memorable Line: "Men marry their cigars, my dear."
See it if Education about another culture told in the framework of a classic novel. Anna Karenina in 1920 Florida.
Don't see it if You don't admire highmy prosaic writing and mystical rromantic stories.
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