Tell Hector I Miss Him
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Tell Hector I Miss Him
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Tell Hector I Miss Him NYC Reviews and Tickets

69%
(42 Reviews)
Positive
62%
Mixed
31%
Negative
7%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Ambitious, Relevant

About the Show

Atlantic Theater Company presents the world premiere of this raw new play about searching for first love, family, and hope in the slums of Old San Juan. By Paola Lázaro, Atlantic’s 2016|2017 Tow Playwright-in-Residence.

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75
Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Slow, Quirky

See it if you enjoy comedy set in a San Juan grocery that follows the quirks and antics of 12+ odd but passionate people dealing with personal crises

Don't see it if you feel intimidated by a play with some Spanish in it tho it doesn't matter, unfamiliar with certain aspects of Puerto Rican culture

60
Long, Uneven, Disappointing, Sprawling, Fruitless

See it if you like seeing plays given a full production before they're ready. This feels like a first draft of a really promising play.

Don't see it if REALLY uneven performances will negatively impact your enjoyment (there are 2 or 3 great performances and the rest are very mixed).

Critic Reviews (19)

The New York Times
January 23rd, 2017

"While it is populated by some sharply drawn characters dangling eccentricities and pathologies, and features some passages of biting humor, this darkish comedy-drama lacks focus and narrative drive...It comes to feel like a few short plays spliced together to form a full-length one, a collage that lacks an overarching design...Still, under the sympathetic direction of David Mendizábal, the ample cast brings defining individuality to their characters."
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Time Out New York
January 23rd, 2017

"The everyday struggles of the underprivileged can be imbued with poetry and epic emotion. Unfortunately, the dozen downtrodden characters in Lázaro’s debut play are more likely to try your patience than inspire your empathy. This is no fault of the production’s capable actors, nearly all Latino, who bring authenticity to somewhat stereotypically written roles...Some of their intertwined stories are engaging...others are tedious...Too many of Lázaro’s neofolktales fall into the second category."
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The Hollywood Reporter
January 23rd, 2017

"The play reveals a young playwright of considerable talent, who needs to gain some discipline in her storytelling style...The play features numerous plot lines that waver in holding our attention...Under the assured staging of David Mendizabal, the play certainly feels lived-in. The nearly all-Hispanic ensemble delivers consistently strong performances...While 'Tell Hector I Miss Him' would have benefited from a sharper focus and judicious trimming, it contains much to admire,"
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Variety
January 23rd, 2017

"There are lots of vivid characters and plentiful subplots in this colorful San Juan underworld — enough to keep director Mendizabal’s excellent ensemble on their toes and dancing like mad...Lazaro writes characters who live and breathe on their own...Individually and collectively, the inhabitants of this community are no cliched caricatures but characters with multi-layered dimensions. The idiomatic dialogue Lazaro puts into their mouths is as realistically filthy as it is fluent."
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Deadline
January 23rd, 2017

"Lázaro is a spinner of vivid tales possessed of a sharp ear for language and a keen eye for the humane comic detail...Stories combust into such glinting shards that the play unfolds with giddy energy...Lázaro has been blessed with a superb company and, in David Mendizábal, a director who keeps a firm hand on the chaos, establishing an engaging balance between comedy and pathos as these characters work their way under our skin. I’d have happily spent more time with them."
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New York Daily News
January 23rd, 2017

"The ample profanity, like the rest of the frank, funny and touching talk, including bits in Spanish, feels real. The same goes for the colorful characters, each expertly played by the ace ensemble, in a slice of life of loners and down-and-outers determined to connect. It’s a familiar theme and eventually the play wilts from overstatement...But the author wisely refrains from tying up any plot threads with a bow. Life’s not tidy. The play isn't either, and it’s better for it."
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Theatermania
January 23rd, 2017

"With a beautifully lyrical but unwieldy style, Lázaro explores an entire community...She impressively captures the essence of her subjects through raw and honest dialogue. Unfortunately, she opens so many doors in the first act that it proves difficult to close them all in a satisfying way in the second...Whatever Lázaro lacks in finesse, she more than makes up for by crafting believably round and dynamic characters...A sophisticated, brutally honest take from a promising young playwright."
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BroadwayWorld
February 6th, 2017

"Lázaro paints a sympathetic community portrait that, while not ignoring the darker issues, gives proper focus to the humanity...It's a colorful mix and Lázaro displays a talent for language made of natural street poetics, finding tonal and rhythmic beauty in the harsh dialogue. Director David Mendizábal glides a fine company through a play that suffers a bit in the second half for lack of a clear dramatic arc, but the playwright never allows too many pages to go by without an interesting turn."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 9th, 2017

"So overstuffed with plots and characters that they crowd each other out. Given the play's length of roughly two hours and ten minutes, none of the many situations get the time and attention needed to become emotionally engaging or suspenseful...Some of the attempts at humor are pretty dire...Under the direction of David Mendizábal, the actors go at their characters in hammer-and-tongs fashion, working themselves up into emotional lathers in ten seconds or less."
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Talkin' Broadway
January 23rd, 2017

"There's nothing compelling or addicting about Lázaro's play; she hasn't yet discovered how to assemble its myriad pieces into anything resembling coherent, let alone emotionally attuned, storytelling...The right director could help her focus, but David Mendizábal has delivered such a cluttered, poorly paced production, even what may be passable doesn't get the chance to shine...The acting...is worth neither further discussion nor naming and shaming the performers."
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Theatre is Easy
January 25th, 2017

"A raw and impassioned performance of life and longing in Puerto Rico…Playwright Paola Lázaro and director David Mendizábal expertly set the tone for their explosive world premiere...Lázaro and Mendizábal’s vision comes alive with a brilliantly cast ensemble…Although the ensemble can be hilariously unruly and flamboyant, there is no amount of braggadocio that can mask their unbearable longing for human connection in a country frustrated from being severed and left behind."
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Theater Pizzazz
January 23rd, 2017

“It’s teeming with colorful lower-class types and has a frenetic sort of energy, but its limited appeal is almost all on the surface. While its characters have moments of genuine emotion and unforced laughter, more often they’re grandstanding or posing for effect…Director David Mendizábal follows the author’s lead. Almost everything is painted with broad strokes. Actors yell almost as often as speak. Music blares."
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CurtainUp
January 24th, 2017

"Lazaro's play is a mosaic of scenes, seemingly unrelated (at least at the outset)...Features a bilingual cast that, even in previews, had gelled as an impressive ensemble. The actors' performances have a seeming spontaneity that's unusual, even in a theater profoundly influenced by Method acting and its concerted naturalism...It's all interesting and touching. However, neither the writer nor the director manage to transform the disparate scenes into an integrated whole."
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Front Row Center
January 24th, 2017

“Lazaro has drawn some wonderful characters, and her dialogue is extraordinary. She clearly knows this world intimately…However, there’s an embarrassment of riches in the character-heavy ‘Tell Hector I Miss Him’...There are so many characters and stories that the focus gets lost, story lines don’t get resolved, and we’re left feeling confused about what the takeaway is. We’ve spent an enjoyable couple of hours in the theater, but we’re not sure who and what it was about.”
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Stage Buddy
February 9th, 2017

"Those looking for clear narrative arcs and thematic structures will find the impressionistic 'Tell Hector' difficult...The ambition of the work is not always fully realized in this production. Under Mendizibal's direction, the cast, though quite able, feels disconnected, and the ensemble's performances come across as scattered...Flaws aside, there is a lot to love in this work by the 28-year-old playwright. Go and see it and be able to say, 'I was there when her magic was discovered.'"
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Front Mezz Junkies
February 16th, 2017

"Paola Lázaro has a powerful voice…As directed by David Mendizábal, the overall effect is not as engaging as one would hope given the topics they cover....I just wanted the guide to slow down so we all have a chance to take in these vivid and eccentric characters…I wanted to dig deeper into some of these stories, and flesh them out…The play definitely feels like it’s coming from an authentic attachment to character, location, and style…I wanted more."
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C
January 24th, 2017

"The darker side of Puerto Rican culture is brought vividly to life in ‘Tell Hector I Miss Him,’ an accomplished debut effort…Lazaro–aided here by an expert ensemble cast under David Mendizabal’s assured direction–paints a moving portrait of men and women struggling, mostly less-than-successfully, to improve their lives…Nonetheless, I think Lazaro might have done well to eliminate some of the show’s personae...Fortunately, your mind should only drift intermittently."
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DC Theatre Scene
January 23rd, 2017

"Wonderfully acted...If the play itself sometimes puzzles, and shocks, it also marks a remarkable playwriting debut by 28-year-old Paola Lazaro...From the very first lines, the playwright establishes a tone that threads throughout the piece — in-your-face, unexpected, and amusing...May not sit well with many theatergoers, used to a more focused and orderly drama. But I found that I better understood and appreciated most of these characters’ eerie behavior by the end."
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Act Three - The Reviews
January 23rd, 2017

"A finer casting of purely ethnic actors is rare to be found. At home in their accents and culture, these actors are free to explore the dialogue and the emotions translated from playwright Paola Lazaro's head to the page and back onto the stage. And a remarkable job they do...Life on the bottom rung is a tough one and these fine actors do their best to show you just how tough it is to live here and even more so to leave."
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