Reviews of "Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles"
October 20, 2017
"A beautiful and necessary reimagining" -The Oregonian
"It is about as culturally relevant and timely as can be. There is talk of “walls” and of inventing truths and being elected president. Some of it is played for laughs, but it’s also deadly serious." -Oregon ArtsWatch
"A wrenching, gorgeous wonder of a play. Alfaro took the raw, brutal material of a Greek tragedy and created a potent, gripping play about real people that's full of surprising humor and magic realism." -EDGE Media
"A painful, very timely play" -BroadwayWorld
"A haunting and masterful work of art" -Siskiyou Daily News
"Alfaro — who, unsurprisingly, was a recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” some 20 years ago — is a miraculously talented writer. Sitting through this play is an opportunity to experience what the American theater should be. The words that Alfaro has bestowed upon his characters flow over the audience like music, or good wine; by the end of the show, the fortunate observer is punch drunk, uplifted and challenged, smitten and heartbroken, all at once." -The Daily Tidings
"Filled with humor and a rich sense of heritage" -KLCC 89.7 FM
"Luis Alfaro, himself the son of Mexican-American farmworkers, is known for lifting up the voices of the marginalized with sensitivity and insight, and this play goes deep in its exploration of life among Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles. It illuminates layers of trauma and oppression in order to enable a deeper respect." -The Portland Observer
"A stunningly good fusion of Greek myth and modern tragedy" -North Bay Stage and Screen
Here's what our audiences had to say:
"An astonishingly bracing, powerful bit of theater. Brilliantly economical storytelling, great acting...a classic made fresh."
"Amazing performances by every actor. Hauntingly intense, with playful humor. I can't stop thinking about it..."
"Couldn't move or speak afterward. Stunning."
"This is a brilliant play performed by extraordinary actors. It was a privilege to witness this, and I'll be looking forward to more by Alfaro. I saw it just over a week ago, and I haven't quite shaken off the experience."
"Power beyond words. Utterly and entirely speechless. The best show to kick off OSF's 2017 season!"
"We've been members since 1986. THIS production in our top ten list. In one word we've described it to friends as, "IMPORTANT." Thank you for the opportunity to experience "the" experience."
"Fabulous production, thought-provoking, sensitive and timely."
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