Repetorio Espanol presents Carmen Rivera’s iconic play about a woman visiting Puerto Rico, her family's homeland, for the first time; performed in Spanish with English subtitles. More…
Maria Elena Garcia goes to visit her family in Puerto Rico during the Christmas holidays and arrives with plans to connect with her homeland. Although this is her first trip, she has had an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican Studies in college. Once Maria arrives, she realizes that the islanders do not welcome her with open arms. The majority consider her an American – a gringa - and Maria considers this a betrayal. If she's a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico, Maria concludes that she is nobody everywhere. Her uncle, Manolo, spiritually teaches her that identity isn't based on superficial and external definitions, but rather is an essence that she has had all along in her heart. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles.
for a previous production “All the characters in ‘La Gringa’ have a strong streak of the ridiculous in them, and it is precisely that quality that makes them familiar and lovable...Rivera has captured the spirit of the Puerto Rican experience...The plot tatters and the story gets emotionally confused in the last 10 minutes as Ms. Rivera tries to bring peace and reconciliation to all. But that is after 90 minutes of laughter, and a delight ratio of 9 to 1 would be a very high score for any theatrical veteran.” Full Review
See it if ....is a topic i related with......a touch of reality....great acting
Don't see it if ......play is in Spanish with some English....need to used translator in theater if you do not speak Spanish.
See it if See it if you have some understanding of Spanish and if you want to see a story about discovering your roots.
Don't see it if If your not good in Spanish it is a story that can be followed better if you know Spanish.
See it if you speak English or Spanish; you want to see a story told from an often unheard perspective
Don't see it if you are uninterested in underrepresented first hand accounts
See it if You wish to see the passion and love for ones country, great laughs and good storyline.
Don't see it if If you don't speak Spanish and don't want to wear translation headphones. The play is in Spanglish.
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