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.'
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).
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
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.