Already closed | 2h 10m | Chelsea

Tell Hector I Miss Him

From 42 member  reviews
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. More…

You’re in Puerto Rico, Old San Juan. You’re a tourist. You walk down the stairs of this beautiful old fort built by the Spaniards. When you reach the bottom, you realize you’re in a hole, a slum. Welcome to La Perla, the barrio that lies beneath the tourism and behind the fort walls. You spend some days there, you don’t want to leave. Oh no, you’re addicted to the beauty, the women, and the drugs.! 'Tell Hector I Miss Him' unmasks a community built on the law of respect that keeps getting washed away but refuses to drown. Featuring Selenis Leyva and Dascha Polanco of 'Orange is the New Black.'

2h 10m | Already closed | Atlantic Theater Stage Two (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (42)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Ambitious, Relevant
69
Avg Score

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).

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

72
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if you look for interesting characters and insights into cultures usually ignored.

Don't see it if you expect a tight story.

86
Absorbing, Intense, Edgy, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like Latino theatre, intimate setting, edgy characters, drug/alcohol abuse, smoking onstage, LGBT, cussing, and stars of tv and film...

Don't see it if You hate all of the above. It was good!!, but, can feel a little long. Many characters, of which only 2 (minor ones), reference the title..

64
Ambitious, Indulgent, Overstuffed, Superficial, Great acting

See it if you're interested in the cast and the setting and can enjoy a play with lots of breadth and almost no depth.

Don't see it if you prefer complex and surprising characters to a meandering series of events.

64
Absorbing, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like to get close to people who are very different from your life's experience. Hot they get through every day. Lots of wild characters.

Don't see it if You don't care to meet these Latin characters who share their life's experience with you.

78
Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like intertwining stories in which the set reflects the inner lives of the play's characters. If you care about relationships.

Don't see it if You only go to see plays based on The NY Times review.

60
Ambitious, Raunchy, Indulgent, Well acted, Confusing

See it if you enjoy expletives in virtually every sentence and you can understand Spanish, which is in much of the dialogue.

Don't see it if cursing brothers you, or if women examining their friends 'privates' to see if they resemble ground beef is interesting.

10
Disappointing, Overrated, Foul-mouthed, Crude

See it if you like to hear the words "fuck" and "shit" in every other sentence.

Don't see it if you want characters you care about. Don't see it if you want absorbing drama.

Also Several people left at intermission. I thought I might do the same, bu... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You like good writing and quirky, sometimes implausible stories.

Don't see it if Infidelity bothers you.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Edgy, Riveting

See it if you appreciate exquisitely-written dialogue and exceptional acting. I was rapt. Virtually all these characters were so well written & acted

Don't see it if cursing, Spanish language, real people or lack of an arc bother you.

82
Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant, Warm, Unsentimental

See it if You like vignettes featuring interesting people you probably don't know and might not think you want to.

Don't see it if You require plot with a strong arc and you dislike swearing and the demimonde.

Also This play doesn't have much of a plot, which is one of the reasons I l... Read more Read less

69
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy discovering a subculture, with great acting and don't need to "get" the whole story. (btw... I'm Puerto Rican)

Don't see it if don't like edgy and cursing. You need more pathos and resolution, following too many story lines confuses you & Good acting is not enough.

79
Funny, Great writing, Edgy

See it if you want to see a powerful performance from Selenis Leyva. Overall, the writing of these characters is strong and the direction is smart.

Don't see it if Some of the other performances are weaker, which makes the play feel uneven.

67
Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy, Quirky, Slow

See it if you want an authentic feel for the people of Puerto Rico.

Don't see it if too much info and time spent on certain characters, and you feel it should have ended sooner.

90
Edgy, Epic, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Your from Puerto Rican or have family from the old town...

Don't see it if You don't like cursing, screaming, LGBT, drugs and the list goes on

77
Funny, Relevant, Refreshing, Clever

See it if You want to encourage promising new playwrights. There are many wonderful scenes in here, and the writing is funny as hell in parts.

Don't see it if Play is episodic, set in Puerto Rico, not all parts equally strong. If you're a fan of new plays, go. If you love polish/perfection, don't

61
Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You like performances that rise above the lack of cohesion between vignettes

Don't see it if You like more plot cohesion.

68
Slight, Well acted, Clearly talented, but novice author, Cultural and economic relevance, A little long.

See it if you want to be in on the ground floor of an interesting voice. A Latin stage experience, with realistic, unresolved resolutions.

Don't see it if you want more than vignettes, or a slice of life experience. You need a neat packaged ending.

Also It's a little underwritten, somewhat predictable and way-overproduced.... Read more Read less

30
Slow, Undeveloped script, Great acting

See it if You're a performer out to be inspired. This cast is chock-a-block with impressive stars. If you want to support diverse stories.

Don't see it if you're going for an engaging, interesting or well written story. The script still needs a lot of work.

Also My faults in the script lie in the fact that it is trying to tell eigh... Read more Read less

86
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see good writing from a young playwright and good acting

Don't see it if you're looking for perfection

80
Funny, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you dare to see new productions.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy to experience all kind of shows.

77
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intense, Refreshing

See it if You want a darkly funny and profound show.

Don't see it if You want something family-oriented or if you're against heavy swearing and sexual references.

64
Banal, Great acting, Slow, Insipid, Clever

See it if You're looking for good acting and a boring plot.

Don't see it if You're looking for something engaging and captivating.

59
Confusing, Dizzying

See it if You have a good imagination

Don't see it if You don't want to be confused and are waiting to find out who Hector is


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 th...
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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,...
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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-H...
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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 inhabitant...
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