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  Las Hermanas Padilla (The Padilla Sisters) at Storefront Theater

Las Hermanas Padilla (The Padilla Sisters)

Storefront Theater
66 E. Randolph St Chicago

Las Hermanas Padilla (The Padilla Sisters) is a poetic and fantastical tale of ten sisters-in-law who, while their husbands are at war, find solace, humor and grace in their unexpected sisterhood. Chicago Fusion Theatre explores this Brechtian-inspired script through storyboards and snapshots of the sisters as they discover their own paths, test the limits of their strength and find the true meaning of family. Chicago Fusion Theatre has dedicated their 2011-12 season to producing Meneses’ work.

Presented by Chicago Fusion Theatre

Thru - Apr 1, 2012

Price: $12.50-$25

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 312-742-8497

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  Las Hermanas Padilla (The Padilla Sisters) Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...The highlights include Natalie DeCristofano's sardonic alcoholic, Carmen, who early on announces, "This is a tragedy — all this violence and not nearly enough liquor," and Erica Cruz Hernandez's homebody, Chave, who sublimates her terror in cooking. Liviu Pasare's evocative projection design adds layers of otherworldliness to the story. Ultimately, atmosphere seems to trump narrative in Meneses' episodic script, but the cast finds a poetic earnestness tempered with flashes of irony that generally holds the delicate tragicomedy together."
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Rooted in magic realism, the play is as much a study of vices as of family. That's a problem for Chicago Fusion Theatre: most of Juan Castañeda's cast haven't the subtlety to convey how curdled longing can cause a crackling, joyful conversation to turn to heartache and fury on a dime. Among the exceptions are Erica Cruz Hernández and Jeanne Arrigo, whose performances balance passion and pain."
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Dan Jakes

Centerstage - Recommended

"...Despite these broad strokes, Meneses does an admirable job of exploring the nuances of ten characters in just an hour and a half. The cast also makes us care about these women very much in that short timeframe."

Rory Leahy

Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...The impact of the husbands’ deaths could be more fully realized, with the major exception of Alejandra’s (Susan Myburgh) devastating labor scene. Erica Cruz Hernandez plays her motherly character Chave with a grounded subtlety that’s swept away when she gets her own tragic news. When the all-female ensemble connects as a whole, as in a scene in which the women send messages to unknown soldiers, the play becomes a poignant testament to the strength of family formed through experience rather than blood."
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Oliver Sava

Chicago Now - Somewhat Recommended

"...Under the direction of Juan Castaneda, some of the soliloquies are unforgettable poignant moments. The actress connects to the audience with profound emotion. I’m just not certain who is delivering them: names of character or actress. I’ll use my own labels to distinguish and describe the impact. The pregnant one’s anguish makes me misty. The drunk’s rant of injustice makes me reflective. The poet’s empowerment makes me hopeful."
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Katy Walsh

Around The Town Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...Directed by Juan Castaneda, on the very small stage at the DCA Storefront Theater on Randolph Street, with a cast of 10 female actresses, on a set by Noel Dominique, I found some confusion as to where we were. The set is one house, a kitchen, a dining area and a living room,but during the scenes, it seems that we are not in the same house at all times ( at least by references in the script). The story is about ten sisters-in-law, who live in the same community. Their husbands are off at war ( there is no mention as to where they are and who they are fighting), but as they adjust to being thrown together, pigeons, come to them with a name in their beak- the name is of their husband, advising them of their death."
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Alan Bresloff

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