At Repertorio Español, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz debuts his newest play about the survival of a modern family who must confront the past in order to move forward. More…
'Exquisita Agonía' (Exquisite Agony) is a delicate but relentless story, which explores a middle-aged woman’s obsessive quest to find fragments of love in a young man who has received the gift of life when he receives a new heart. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System, by request ONLY.
See it if Dark comedy of exaggerated spanish melodrama. Act 1 had an interesting premise that was subtle, magical, & spiritual.
Don't see it if Act 2 was an angry unpacking of family grievances that didn’t match the gentle setup from Act 1. I felt disconnected and confused.
See it if Cruz's drama concerning illusive nature of love vs obsession Rich, poetic language ofttimes overwhelms story Zayas' staging wisely discreet
Don't see it if Act 2 spins wildly out of control becoming a violent & often shrill pyscho-drama about family greviences Borders on a telenovela Big letdown
See it if You want to see an interesting an unusual take on how family reacts after a loved one receives a heart transplant
Don't see it if You do not understand Spanish and don’t want to read subtitles. But that should not stop you from seeing this
See it if You enjoy family drama shows. Note: The show is in Spanish. There are subtitle screens at each seat.
Don't see it if You don’t like repetitive dialogue that asks the same question without answer.
See it if you are interested in the somewhat unique concept of transplant surgery and the effects on the recipient and the donor's family.
Don't see it if you are not Spanish language literate, have problems reading subtitles while trying to watch the play and like to be emotionally involved.
See it if You enjoy lyrical writing performed by a (mostly) high quality cast, and you enjoy stories about problematic relationships.
Don't see it if You aren't fluent in Spanish and don't like to read subtitles, or are not interested in family dramas.
Also The theater is quite lovely and well-appointed.
See it if You have yet to see a play performed in a language other than English. You enjoy tense family dramas.
Don't see it if You are looking for something "light." You do not enjoy family dramas. You do not enjoy melodrama.
See it if you want to promote Spanish speaking theatre and know a cast member to support.
Don't see it if you want to see a well acted and well written play on an important subject.
See it if You want to see a dramatic story in Spanish by a very talented writer
Don't see it if You don’t want to read in English to follow or want a lighter story
See it if Pulitzer winner's new play is calling card enough.
Don't see it if Be prepared for mucho reading if not a native speaker. Even adept speakers want subtitle crutch for nuance and curiosity of comparing terms.
See it if you have wondered how a meeting between the family of a heart donor and the recipient might go.
Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish and are not prepared to read the translated lines on the screen on the back of the seat you are facing.
See it if you like affecting drama that is passionate and intelligent and that surprises and provokes discussions
Don't see it if you don't enjoy foreign language theater.
Also The best play by Nilo Cruz since "Anna in the Tropics"
See it if you want to see a show with a lot of potential & an interesting premise, beautiful theater, beautiful stage & music
Don't see it if melodramatic and silly acting from some of the leads and dialogue/character decisions that are not always believable will ruin it for you.
See it if you are a fan of Nilo Cruz' work, new plays that prompt thought, you speak spanish or would enjoy watching a show in Spanish with subtitles
Don't see it if You are not bilingual and don't like reading subtitles, you are looking for a spectacle show.
See it if you want a thoughtful exploration of an oddly untouched subject in human life, with twists and turns that make for good theater.
Don't see it if Because of the positioning of the subtitles they distract from a full appreciation of what is going on on stage, for non-Spanish speakers.
See it if You want a meaty family drama with real wit.
Don't see it if You don't speak Spanish and you find reading a translation in front of your seat very distracting--always looking away from the stage.
See it if Enjoy philosophical text , family issues as the subject matter with an engaging cast. If you’re a fan of Nilo Cruz.
Don't see it if If heavy text with deeper meaning is not interesting to you . Don’t enjoy plays in Spanish.
See it if The play is powerful. If you enjoy family dramas, that explosion in a closed space feel, this is perfect for you.
Don't see it if The first act falls limp, especially compared to the dynamite second act.
See it if you like the writings of Nilo Cruz and his way of not letting you go with the easy way out of a line plot.
Don't see it if you want to see a typical, predictable, story that won't let down your first desires for an anticipated development.
See it if You are intrigued by a story about a heart recipient and the woman who cannot let her husband go. The acting was excellent on the whole.
Don't see it if If you don't like hearing things in another language - although the surtitles were easy to read.
See it if you like a show with potential and promise, a beautiful theater, beautiful stage and music
Don't see it if you don't have a lot of tolerance for melodrama. It had promise, but the staging was sub par.