La Construcción del Muro
By Andrew Andrews
- Camera: The addition of the cameraman and the resulting stream that was projected on the adjacent walls was distracting and confusing, as there was no indication that the interview was intended for broadcast. I felt as though the company added it to appeal to a younger, video-addicted audience without effectively tying it into the story.
- Contradiction: Although Gloria was apparently lucky to be the only person granted an interview by Rick, she acts like she’s doing him a favor, and continues to present an adversarial stance, becoming suddenly melodramatic at times.
- Lighting: Various lights above the scene were turned on and off at seemingly random times throughout the performance, making me wonder what it was supposed to represent.
- Supertitles: Although the original script was projected above the stage for those of us with limited or no understanding of Spanish, they were poorly synchronized. At times a caption remained projected long after the corresponding lines were spoken, with the following captions flashing by as they caught up to the performance.
Despite my troubles with this production, it wasn’t a total disappointment:
- The actors perform their roles well and the production value is high for a show at this price point.
- The pre-show “handling” of the audience really helps you appreciate what it’s like to be separated from your loved ones in a detainment center.
- Although not flawless, the story does present an accurate depiction of how a seemingly upstanding person in an increasingly difficult situation could be forced to make or tolerate normally-unacceptable decisions.
Si comprende español you’ll probably enjoy this production more than I did; but even if you need to watch the captions, you’ll at least get your
Andrew Andrews attended La Construcción del Muro at The Clemente Teatro LATEA in Manhattan on Sunday, March 1, 2020 @ 3:00pm to write this review.