Saturday, April 11, 2009

At the Mark Taper Forum - "Lydia" a play by Octavio Solis

April 5- Wonderfully acted but very disturbing. About a Mexican family in El Paso in early 1970.
The daughter, Ceci, has been badly injured in an auto accident. The mother hires Lydia as a maid and mostly to take care of Ceci. There are two brothers, one a gangbanger and the other a sensitive budding poet. The father has pretty much opted out, sitting in his lounge chair with earphones on drinking beer. They all love Ceci and are all damaged in various ways by her accident. It was a very complex play with lots of levels. At the end the audience sat stunned for several minutes before giving the cast a standing ovation.

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