Latinx theater company IATI Theater Todo Vanguardia presents their 50th Anniversary production, an imaginative, genre-hopping allegorical drama examining the legacy of state terrorism in Latin America. More…
The Haberdasher, The Girl Bellboy, and The Queen of Anvondalia are the only remaining inhabitants of the Grand Hotel (in the capitol city of an unnamed South American country) that was abandoned in the wake of the recent revolution. Cocooned from the daily chaos outside, the three do their best to create a life of civility, order, and even elegance. Then, a new guest arrives. He's an American.
"A must-see, not only for its harrowing subject matter but for its superior direction and for its exceptional cast. It is also the play's blend of the surreal, magical realism, along with the very real, marbled throughout with mind-triggering allusions and mystery, all of which serve to keep the audience riveted to the stage. Talk about the playwright and cast cautiously walking a wobbly tightrope with not a misstep in view." Full Review
See it if you like an intimate staging that keeps you intrigued, thinking and entertained. Must say this play is fun and funny.
Don't see it if you might not be interested in the disappearances that occurred in so many countries that've been terrorized by their oppressors.
See it if Three latinos getting by in a wartorn country are visited by an abusive American. Magical mirror on indignity, revenge, and “disappearance”
Don't see it if You don’t want to better understand latin american suffering, compounded by the USA. Nasty abuse scenes with a sexual tilt.
See it if you love it when taking chances on unknown playwrights pays off big time! Hints of Beckett, Lewis Carroll, but still easily understood
Don't see it if you’re turned off by slightly symbolist plays, don’t question US attitudes in foreign affairs, want an account of a specific Latinx conflict
See it if You enjoy allegorical dramas that quickly flip flop between humor and suspense and has Twilight Zone-ish touches.
Don't see it if You prefer light, fluffy, predictable shows that don't have layered meanings.
See it if You like seeing an accomplished veteran cast in a surreal set-up that slowly evolves in a full-blown dramatic ending.
Don't see it if You want straightforward plot and realism.
See it if you want to see a concise play well acted and exquisitely directed, unpretentious and with a deep political and social message.
Don't see it if you want to see big production values, or a long play, or if you don't like some sort of magic or supernatural elements within a story.
See it if You want to see an interesting play with great actors that are very believable.. You like performances in small spaces that give a lot.
Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing a pretty good performance that has twists and turns and quite a bit of intensity.
See it if You enjoy an intense play with hidden and deeper meanings which is up to the audience to figure out.
Don't see it if You don’t like loud noises and intense acting very close to your personal space.
See it if You want to start thinking about international affairs and the short sightedness of our world view.
Don't see it if You insist on top dollar production values, or need everything spelled out for you.
See it if you are a fan of parables, nonverbal acting (there are some great bits with the Girl Bellboy), and intense/disturbing scenes.
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with narrative ambiguity or abusive power dynamics.
See it if Your looking for a short, sharp play. Well performed and some good stage craft.
Don't see it if You want it to feel short. Or for there to be any surprises beyond about half way through the play.
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