Stage Play Review: Drunk Girl at Casa 0101
Something we don't want to talk about...but can't deny it exists in our midst, until October 18
Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Once again, I am feeling fortunate for an experience at the theater of life, the living and true Art form offered to the World via CASA 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, California.
Published on LatinoLA: October 6, 2015
Taking a brief night off from music & dancing on a crisp Saturday night in the Land of 1000 Dances, my Lady and I took a ride to the East Side for another great stage play in the heart of Aztlan.
"Drunk Girl," a controversial but true-to-life stage play of 16 rapid succession vignettes that Playwright/Producer/Artistic Director Josefina Lopez states addresses -- "Part of a conversation that we badly need to have in this country and in the Latino community" -- is now showing until October 18th.
The ugly topics portrayed revolve around rape (both male & female victims), domestic violence, substance abuse, stereotypes of Latinas and the consequences upon human lives these travesties imbue upon us all.
That being said, I was curious why this play, written, produced, and directed entirely by Latinas, had a "Mature Audiences Only" warning. That crossed my radar more than once in the past couple of weeks leading up to its World premiere‘«™I mean, CASA 0101 has never been known to present porn or anything distasteful‘«™SO WE HAD TO GO AND SEE WHAT ALL THE CHISME WAS ABOUT !
Although it's almost taboo to talk about in Latino circles, the realities of rape & sexual assault on both men & women, and domestic violence that are truthfully discussed and portrayed from a Latina women's point of view in this outstanding production, brings a lot of truths forth that are undeniable.
The statistics presented are sobering indeed‘«™but there is no longer a societal or politically correct need to push these issues to a back burner any longer, thanks to the work of CASA 0101 and this great ensemble cast...truth be told here!
I noticed a couple of older gentlemen in the audience appear to become uncomfortable in their seats on this night during the play, and a couple of ladies became tearful‘«™but the drama portrayed, and the excellent acting of the cast kept everyone glued to their seats for the entire 2 hours, and nobody dared walk out.
I mean‘«™how do you describe an experience where the true ugliness of human degradation is right in your face?‘«™ and you are shocked, entertained, enlightened, educated, saddened, and despite the emotional lump in your throat and the anger that begins to well up inside you‘«™you are also made to laugh?
How can you deny the uncanny resemblances of female & male stereotypes that actually exist?‘«™and throughout these humorous & tastefully described portrayals that resemble somebody you may or may not know, the fact is that the entire production is based on actual, true experiences.
Thus, is this outstanding and emotionally gripping production one you want to see‘«™ and accept as part of our World that we live in.
My congratulations and hats off to Josefina Lopez, Rocio Diaz, Libette Garcia, CASA 0101, and the great cast of actresses and actors, for another memorable theater experience.
On a scale of 1 to 5, "Drunk Girl" earns 5 Tacos in my book, for a truly tasteful production of a truly distasteful subject, presented by some truly talented Latinas.
‘«™and I invite you to bring friends when you go see it!
Author's Note: "Drunk Girl" runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until October 18th.
For further info and this and other outstanding future productions, go to www.CASA0101.org, or CASA 0101 on Facebook, or call 323-263-7684.
Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the Microphone & the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul, heard daily on World wide Internet radio, and a regular contributor to this fine web magazine.
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