I haven’t laughed this much in years.
This modern comedy is based on a Latino telenovela, and Zacarías and the cast are pitch perfect in capturing the wild plot twists, overplayed drama, and shirt-ripping passion required by the genre. The play begins on a dark and stormy night in Mexico, when two newborns are switched in a hospital, and the play gallops along from there for two hours to the entirely predictable, but nonetheless enjoyable, ending.
The all-Latino cast is strong, and the Arena crowd – which is generally stingy with its praise – gave a swift and heartfelt standing ovation. Candice and I attend 6-8 plays a year at Arena, and I’ve never seen a crowd leave in such good spirits.
This is a rollicking good time. Even if you’ve never tuned in to a telenovela on Spanish-language television, you’ll quickly pick up the vibe and have a great time.
More to come…