See this show for the writing.
It's not just the truthful, personal storytelling. It's the fact that it's put to words so eloquently. It's poetic in a wonderful, subtle way.
The show is essentially four monologues, but they are strong and poignant. More important than that, though, is that each one takes us to a lower level than before until finally being lifted up at the end. The arc here is great, even if the stories are unrelated. They are tied together by a common spirit.
The staging and directing is rough and the show would have benefited from a stronger director. But that's not why you'll see this show.
The acting ranges from adequate to good. The bookend actors are the highlights and Juan Enrique Carillo shines in the fina...
uncertified reviewerJune 24, 2013
A show with great integrity which gave insight into the lives of Latino men a voice we do not hear enough. ...
I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this set of four monologues. It's a simple show, but it was effective in drawing me in; the work built in power and intensity, with a nice emotional uplift in the final monologue. There's a lot of commitment, passion and heart in this one. ...
I saw it on Sunday and enjoyed it very much. Great outlook of Latin/Chicano men and their true feelings coming from different experiences, which is rare to hear. I felt the passion of their stories. My favorite actor that had me almost in tears was the first speaker. It's a Chingon show!...
The ABAC team present captivating stories mostly well told. Conflicting ideas of identity create both a dank and shining gem exploring masculinity.
The framing of these monologues seemed to be a writing or support group, and I'm not sure the play needs it. The four extremely talented actor/storytellers got diluted by their focus moving between the audience and each other. Their energy and support towards one another almost made the audience feel too comfortable. If these are struggles with identity, then the presence and openness of the ensemble made it too easy to express.
Casas clearly has a lot inside of him, a lot to share with people like me who had to look up the definition of "chingon," and I'm excited to see more in the future...
The power of this play is its honesty, and raw truth about the human condition when we experience love, loss and begin to heal.
Each of the four actors' interpretation of each vignette of Chicano men dealing with their journey was completely authentic and genuine. The actors embraced their souls as men of color and were courageous in allowing us to experience their story, which is the truth about life in our communities.
Jose Casas' voice is unique and powerful and sheds light and compassion about life as a proud Chicano....