I had the extreme pleasure of reviewing a local theatre’s Spanish translation of Jose Rivera’s work last month. I still can not get over how parallel and spot on the entire play was to many military couples past and present. I wrote this for Military Press where I write my editorial so I thought I’d also put it on here for many more to enjoy! Thankfully a fellow Wounded Warrior Wife came along for the experience. When things like this pop up in your neighborhood whether they’re PTS conferences, seminars, meet & greets, panels & lectures please feel free to pop in to chat or volunteer to help run the show.
MOXIE Theatre Review: “References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot”
Breathtaking, sensual and surreal love story hits San Diego
By: Crystal Arriaga, Military Press
SAN DIEGO – “There will always be things you do not know about each other.” The quote is true for many couples but especially military couples who are bombarded with deployment & training schedules, seen & unseen injuries, moves, money and kids.
Director Dana I. Harrel creates a raw and stimulating translation of Spanish Playwright Jose Rivera’s work. With choreographer Derrick McGee, stage manager Ryan Heath and costume designer Alina Bokovikova; all of Jose Rivera’s rich language and passionate detail to the script are transformed into a mind numbing, deliciously exotic and panting experience. As the play goes on it reveals a young woman who has been through so much being married to her military career minded husband. She’s endured moves across the world, a combat deployment and now the unseen and often unspoken realities that war leaves on the mind and heart. Like so many military spouses all of this leaves her wondering, in her own at times hazy fantasy way, if the man who captured her heart is the one who will come through the door this time or is he just another ghostly casualty of war.
The play is innovative & provocative in a Salvador Dali piece of art type way that will have people wanting to stay up late into the night discussing the many layers hidden underneath each another. The story is so passionate & thought provoking; you feel as if you are Gabriela, the military spouse played by the graceful & emotionally torn Jacqueline Lopez married to the hard-hitting and intensely portrayed Benito, played by Jorge Rodriguez. This is one play that is anything but conventional. It delves into what most of us know about military & combat stressors on a marriage but don’t always talk about. As shown in the performance not everyone can deal with the military wife lifestyle with so many obstacles being hurled at once and I’m overjoyed the stage and costume design was true to a very real and typical military housewife and not another cookie cutter commercial portrayal of a surface only-happy couple.
With so many outstanding small companies in San Diego I implore you to show your support of this captivating performance.