Already closed | 1h 0m | Midtown W

Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You!

From 4 member  reviews
Members say: Waste of time, Confusing, Heartfelt, Too loud, Funny

About the show

Jay Alvarez's solo show recounting an escape from oppression and murder across treacherous waters on a difficult journey to America. More…

Castro and his oppressive murderers took control in 1959 after Batista’s midnight escape, leading to the horror of parents parting with their children in order to get them to the safety of the United States and out of harm's way under Operation Peter Pan. So unfolds the real life story of writer-performer Jay Alvarez. Playing family members and friends in this one-man show about his middle of the night exodus in March 1964, when he was 4 years old. The whispers and churning waters transport him, his father Humberto, his mother Chiqui, his abuelo and sundry other relatives and friends out of the grasp of madness and murder.

1h 0m | Already closed | Stage Left Studio (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (4)

MEMBERS SAY:

Waste of time, Confusing, Heartfelt, Too loud, Funny
38
Avg Score

26
Screechy, Awkward, Gives one-man shows a bad name, Missed opportunity

See it if Immigration stories and Cuban-American history float your boat

Don't see it if Just don't.

88
Absorbing, Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Heartfelt

See it if you enjoy one-man shows exuberantly performed with equal doses of hilarity and heartbreak. Bonus points if you are Cuban or know Cubans.

Don't see it if you are a nationalist trumpeter.

20
Shouty, Embarrassing, Waste of time, Too loud, Confusing

See it if You want a true (but very confusing) story about a family immigrating from Cuba to America.

Don't see it if you value your time. You have sensitive ears: it's almost constant screeching and near hysterical fake sobbing.

12
Confusing, Waste of time, Disappointing, Dizzying, Insipid

See it if You want a true (but very confusing) story about a family immigrating from Cuba to America.

Don't see it if you value your time. You have sensitive ears: it's almost constant screeching and near hysterical fake sobbing.


April 11th, 2012
for a previous production "Jay Alvarez's short but galvanizing solo piece gives Americans a good-natured nudge. In a poignantly personal way, the actor/playwright reminds us why some people, at least metaphorically, still kiss the ground in gratitude that they made it to these shores...An ingratiating performer, Alvarez k...
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October 10th, 2011
for a previous production "The intensity of suffering and terror is ever present, merged with the elation of ever-binding love. He is brilliant in his transformations. The pace at which this 60 minute show moves seems like a split second because I was so powerfully captured by the story and performance. It’s not to be mis...
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July 17th, 2011
for a previous production "Manages to capture the experience of his family’s perilous escape with such heartrending power that we are amazed at what lengths some people will go to for freedom and, most importantly, how Americans take our freedom for granted. It is masterful storytelling... My concern is that Alvarez’ fasc...
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June 26th, 2010
for a previous production "It is a story filled with strength of character, laughter, identity, and hope. Indeed, the show opens with a very heightened moment, which did not invite me in immediately, but as the story unfolded I found myself truly enjoying the experience...Ends with hope towards a brighter yet unknown futu...
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