Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the Sol Project present a meditation on mourning, redemption, and revenge focused on a doctor in a plague-ravaged village who discovers his touch can heal. More…
The village of San Isidro has been without its doctor for 18 months. Moisés has remained a recluse, refusing to even look at a patient since the day the army took his wife away during the country’s civil war. But when a mysterious plague begins to infect the nearby countryside, the local parish priest convinces Moisés to take action. When Moisés examines his first patient, he discovers he has the miraculous power to cure this plague with just the touch of his hand. As thousands flock to the village to see him, Moisés is forced to confront his past, and San Isidro the violence that tore it apart.
See it if Characters suffer from the effects of war and have to choose between peace/forgiveness and justice/revenge afterwards.
Don't see it if Highly confrontational. Some audience members had to distract themselves with their playbills or phones.
See it if you enjoy anti-war narratives with irony & a touch of magic realism, fast moving 85 minutes, relevant to many countries, much to ponder
Don't see it if you don't like loud booms and knocking, or (suggestive) torture scenes, don't like to see the violence normal folk are capable of.
See it if shows wrenching choices S. American wars impose on two families and traumatic post-war results, effective ensemble, prose of high quality
Don't see it if jumbled plot lines, overwrought declamations by characters, allegorical nature/explanatory monologues universalizes but vitiates power
See it if You want to feel very uncomfortable, enjoy blood curdling live screaming and run the risk of nightmares. Think Sisqueros and Edvard Munch
Don't see it if Want an enjoyable theatre experience.
See it if You want to see an intense performance. You want to see great performers. You want to see a performance about a miraculous experience.
Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing some great performers in an intense play. You don't want to see a play that involves torture and murder.
See it if You like intense theatre, with great staging, and solid actors, but, with a lacking story. Liked 3 actors prior,but, the play didn't hold me
Don't see it if You're opposed to Latino theatre, with bilingual dialogue (mostly English) or against blood, war, and violence...
See it if you're interested in story lines dealing with multiple issues performed by a generally good ensemble cast. Well-staged on a nicely done set.
Don't see it if You are put off by occasional overwrought direction, and acting or by violence, war, plague and other unfortunate tragedies of life.
See it if You want to see a story about how war tears people apart and how people struggles to heal their past pain.
Don't see it if You don't like Latino theaters or you want a light entertainment. A little bit confusing at certain points, needs more editing.
See it if you want to see an aesthetically adventurous play confronting human capacity to tolerate violence; richly resonant & beautifully performed
Don't see it if you need a clear heroic (or anti-heroic) protagonist &/or emphatic narrative resolution
See it if you want to see a thought provoking exercise in the horrors of war.
Don't see it if you want concise, exciting theatre. There is a lot of direct address to the audience.
See it if you're interested in new works, magical realism, allegory, want to support a smart and timely new play, love strong emotional performances.
Don't see it if you need your theatre evenly consistent (this show is uneven but when its good its great), are uncomfortable with violence/torture on stage.
See it if You don't mind magical realism and have a very strong tolerance for scenes of torture
Don't see it if You have PTSD, can't cope with graphic torture scenes on stage
See it if if you are interested in new writing especially from self-identified Latinx writers speaking about legacies of violence in Latin America
Don't see it if you find intense, complex, violent work off putting
See it if You're interested in contemplations of personal sacrifice vs self-preservation that are buttressed by emotions but are not all that original
Don't see it if The artificially exalted speech didn't really work very well for me. Rather, it worked quite well in third person (i.e., parson's monologues
See it if You like theater that makes you uncomfortable and spotlights cultural issues. It covers atrocities during a civil war and their effects.
Don't see it if You want a happy, neat, uplifting story. Or if some narration and miming bother you. How some moments unfolded worked better than others.
See it if Care about the legacy of war and torture. You're interested in the themes of guilt revenge and forgiveness.
Don't see it if You don't want to see scenes of torture and other violence. You don't at least have a small understanding of Spanish.
See it if you like emotionally intense thought provoking dramas. Set in an intimate theater with adult language and themes.
Don't see it if you like family friendly shows or musicals with elaborate sets.
See it if You like stylistic magical realism about war and healing
Don't see it if You want straightforward contemporary theatre; you don't like deliberately dramatic performances; you're easily disturbed by violence
See it if You are open to metaphors(or magical realism?) and mysterious spiritual principles(read: karma). And willing to be educated a bit and think.
Don't see it if You expect something much lighter than exploring death/birth, war/peace, resentment/forgiveness etc.