?Estaba a Reventar!

Art imitates life in Boyle Heights

By Valeria Berumen
Published on LatinoLA: April 9, 2002

?Estaba a Reventar!

The quaint little theatre, Casa 0101, was bursting at the seams on a recent Friday night as people came out in support of the world-renowed play "Real Women Have Curves" by Josefina C. Lopez.

It's a comedy that takes places in a tiny sewing factory in Boyle Heights in September of 1987, giving the audience a look into the lives of five women that collaborate in their efforts to keep the business going. Estela, played by Sofia Moshkov, is the factory owner. Ana, played by Margie Guiterrez, is her younger sister, who has just graduated high school and is awaiting financial aid to continue her education. Carmen, played by Yolanda Gonzalez, is Estela and Ana's mother. Pancha, played by Adriana Millan, and Rosali, played by Teres-Michell Ruiz, are Estela's employees.

The already distressful situtation only gets more complicated when Estela reveals that she is an illegal alien and the Migra is rumored to be raiding factories in the neighborhood.

In this light-hearted comedy the women struggle with issues such as legal and social status, women's liberation, sexuality, and cultural clashes. It also brings to light an aspect of our Latino community that many of us have never embodied, and that many opt to turn their back to. It is the struggles of our new immigrants, and their fight to exist and to survive here in Los Angeles.

The cast works extremely well together and the combination of actresses Moshkov as Estela and Gonzalez as Carmen her mother contribute to give the play a real homegrown and believable sense of humor.

"Real Women Have Curves" is now a movie produced by HBO, winning the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for acting in the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. HBO will air the film in September 2002.

Latino LA will soon offer a special performance of "Real Wome Have Curves", with the date and time to be announced. Info to come!

The play continues until May 12.

About Valeria Berumen:
Valeria Berumen is an intern at Latino LA

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