Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging

About the show

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. 

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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. 


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90
New York Theatre Wire

"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


90
Intense, Masterful, Relevant, Disturbing, Angry

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.

Also Afterward I read about the civil war in El Salvador 1978-1992. This pl... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Riveting, Great writing, Skillful, Impressive

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

Also Playwright & cast in complete control of their powers. Negligible quib... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

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.

86
Clever, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging

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.

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Confusing, Entertaining

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.

84
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

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.

Also Wow. Interesting to say the least. I don't want to spoil this for anyo... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Confusing

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.

75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky

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.

70
Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if / for an allegory written by a playwright with a unique voice.

Don't see it if you need a straightforward, linear story; are easily confused; don't like loud noises.

69
Existential, whatever that means

See it if Excellent acting

Don't see it if Want a clear idea of what's going on

Also You know that you are not alone when the woman in front of you turns a... Read more Read less

65
Intense, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Mysterious

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.

Also A bit rough at times, with some uneven acting, but well-directed and c... Read more Read less

62
Absorbing, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Good acting and an atmosphere of tension

Don't see it if You need the plot to be clearer and unambiguous

58
Intelligent, Disappointing, Slow, Great staging

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.

Also I felt it became pretty obvious and heavy handed following the entranc... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Great staging

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.

99
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you want great acting and a thought-provoking play.

Don't see it if you want easy to follow story.

96
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you want a play that is lyrical and poetical with strong topic and powerful theme.

Don't see it if you prefer a play that doesn't rise questions.

Also I went home digging about the stories of disappearances in Latin Ameri... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting

See it if You like political parables and magic realism.

Don't see it if You like Naturalism and light comedy.


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