Marco Antonio Rodríguez’s adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel will debut at Repertorio Español in the fall. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles. More…
From the show:
Oscar is a naive “nerd” from New Jersey who has finally left the grips of his imposing Dominican mother and is attending his first semester of college at Rutgers with his rebellious sister. He dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the “fukú”—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.
See it if Humorous situations & fine comedic performances esp Sebastian's Oscar & Bonilla's "mother of mine" hold interest when plot gets convoluted
Don't see it if Rodriguez's adapt feels muddled & abridged w/an inability to integrate the superhero element cogently It's best when depicting Oscar's angst
See it if you would enjoy a contemporary story filled with great characters dealing with life. A wonderful book is brought to life w/great direction.
Don't see it if you do not understand Spanish are not familiar with the story - it is impossible to keep up with the supertitles due to the volume.
See it if you read or are planning to read the novel. Fun story, well done.
Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish and are a slow reader. It was hard to keep up with and see the super titles. Many of the jokes went over my head.
See it if you want to see an ethnic author from an immigrant family destroying myths about immigration
Don't see it if you can't use supertitles and don't speak Spanish. You can not let go of immigration myths.
See it if you read and enjoyed the book--it's a faithful adaptation in terms of tone. If you are interested in coming of age stories, Latino culture.
Don't see it if you don't want to read supertitles, if you don't understand even a little Spanish (or don't mind missing some words that aren't translated.)
See it if This adaptation of the book by Juno Diaz was awesome!The actors are perfect,it's as if they just stepped out of the pages of the book.Bravo!
Don't see it if go see this brilliant play with an impeccable cast.Oscar will make you laugh,cry,& forget all the cynicism that exist in this world.See it!
See it if You enjoyed the book...it was faithful without being exact. I appreciated the comic book/superhero feel to staging and scene transitions.
Don't see it if You don't like Latin culture, can't understand at least some Spanish, or just don't like stories with intense scenes and passionate acting.
See it if if you're want to see an all-around great show. I think this was beautifully written whether you're a fan of the book or not.
Don't see it if you want something traditional.
See it if You are a fan of the book, & want to see it come to life onstage. If you like underdog stories, if you like a mix of serious themes & comedy
Don't see it if You don’t want to read supertitles, if you hate the book
See it if You appreciate good coming of age stories with cultural specificity + good actors &decent subtitles
Don't see it if You can't do Subtitles. It’s all in Spanish.
See it if you want to enjoy a wonderful and funny story about the Dominican diaspora in the United States appealing to all Latinx, and Americans.
Don't see it if you don't care about relevant theatre based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
See it if If you are interested in stories about the immigrant experience with a lot of Latin flavor, and/or if you are a fan of Junot Diaz.
Don't see it if If you have difficulty reading supertitles or are not willing to miss a few words here and there. My Spanish is just OK, but I enjoyed it!
See it if you liked the novel or are interested in a tragicomedy about a young Dominican looking for love. Outstanding acting by Edgar Sebastian.
Don't see it if you don't know Spanish or do not like reading captions. Otherwise, go! Great performances by the whole cast.
See it if if you loved the book or if you never heard of it, it doesn't matter! This is the essence of the story and it's really fun.
Don't see it if you don't like coming-of-age type stories in Spanish with English supra-titles.
See it if You want to challenge yourself and the stereotypes you have been surrounded by. You won’t realize which ones you carry unless you face them.
Don't see it if You have issues with people who probably go to Comic-con.
See it if you enjoy adaptation of literature that is fresh and cultural. Don’t miss it if you have read the novel. The acting was superb!
Don't see it if you do not like Spanish speaking productions with English subtitles.
See it if you would enjoy a tragic-comedy that explores the quirky life of a young man of Dominican descent, with social-racial implications.
Don't see it if you either don't understand Spanish, or are averse to reading titles above the stage. And of course, if themes and story don't appeal.
See it if You've read the book, are familiar with Paterson, NJ, growing up bicultural in the 80s, and the Dominican experience
Don't see it if The above themes don't appeal to you.