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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Member Reviews (42)

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677 Reviews | 150 Followers
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

533 Reviews | 488 Followers
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).

414 Reviews | 69 Followers
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.

260 Reviews | 49 Followers
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..

226 Reviews | 33 Followers
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.

206 Reviews | 59 Followers
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.

202 Reviews | 35 Followers
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. Read more

200 Reviews | 34 Followers
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.

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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