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La Breve y Maravillosa Vida de Oscar Wao (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao)
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La Breve y Maravillosa Vida de Oscar Wao (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Members say
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing, Clever

About the Show

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.

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Member Reviews (51)

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Ambitious, Funny, Confusing, Relevant, Quirky

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

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Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Refreshing

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. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

January 24th, 2020

"The Tragedy, and Comedy, of Manhood In a Spanish-language stage adaptation of the Junot Díaz novel, the friendship between two Dominican men is a testing ground for competing visions of masculinity."
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October 16th, 2019

"'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao' Becomes a New Spanish Play Junot Díaz's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel receives a world-premiere stage adaptation at Repertorio Español."
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October 21st, 2019

"A straightforward, workmanlike run-through of the book's main narrative, minus its highly individual voice, and stripped of much of its power; Marco Antonio Rodríguez's adaptation puts one in mind of Reader's Digest Condensed Books."
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October 19th, 2019

"A Theasy Best Bet…packs a poignant punch but also delivers an entertaining production…this adaptation feels truthful to the aesthetics of the original text…It's a tale that will move you in unexpected ways."
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October 16th, 2019

"There's much to delight in the vivid characters in the story, and in the several cultures they reflect - Dominican culture, immigrant culture, Comic-con culture - but for the uninitiated it requires extra attention...well-acted, warmhearted entertainment that transcends language even as it plays with it."
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