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Marisol and Other Plays

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  134 ratings  ·  8 reviews
First major collection by a leading Hispanic-American playwright.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Theatre Communications Group
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Stunning play. I'm in the middle of doing research for a lecture on magical realism and how one negotiates "magical terms" with an audience. This is the cream of the crop.
The play opens on a set made to look like a street in New York City. A brick wall runs the widlth of the stage, going up as high as it is allowed in the theatre, security gates over the windows, everything boarded up.

The announcer's voice over the PA tells us where we are: 180th Street in the Bronx. The announcer tells the passengers to walk quickly and guard their valuables and trust no one, which is an unusual pronouncement from a disembodied and typically very detached voice.

Marisol is on the
Sep 07, 2008 Brenda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Theatre folk, Latino theatre/culture enthusiasts
Recommended to Brenda by: Chris
Each Day Dies With Sleep - a young woman is keep in a virtual animal state by her abusive father, neglectful mother and enormous, anonymous family. She falls in love with a lothario who has seduced more than one of her sisters and fathered several nieces and nephews. They change each other for the better, but the pull of her father and his desire to keep her in a servile, sub-human state is almost overwhelming.

This was my least favourite of the three plays but it was still an enjoyable read. I c
Jose Rivera is the best playwright currently living. And Marisol is the best I've seen of him. This story is about New York City after God has slowly started to go senile in his old age and the world is deteriorating, the angels of heaven stage a revolt against him and all the world is a battle ground. Marisol has already lost most of her friends to the plague and the moon has left the earth's orbit by the time the play starts.

It is magic realism at its best. Also, Cloud Tectonics, the third pla
Hands down Jose Rivera is my favorite playwright.

His work is so beautiful, so imaginative, and mythic.

Cloud Tectonics is one of the most amazing plays about love. What's the line from the play? To love you as a baby, as an old man...absolutely incredible.
Sep 03, 2007 Rob rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: doubters
Marisol is a superb play. Find it acted somewhere to witness it in the way it was meant to be. (Shout out to Ben W. for directing this for his SMP. Splendid!) Apocalypse has never looked so good.

The other plays in this particular binding are worth a read, too.
Cloud Tectonics is beyond beautiful, and the other plays are fantastic also.
Specifically: "Cloud Tectonics"
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