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  Latin History for Morons at Cadillac Palace Theatre

Latin History for Morons

Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph Chicago

LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS is inspired by the near total absence of Latinos from his son's American history books. John Leguizamo embarks on an outrageously funny, frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son's school history project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latino patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Pitbull into 110 irreverent and uncensored minutes above and beyond his unique style.

Thru - Nov 3, 2019

Price: $40-$90

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 800-775-2000

Running Time: 1hr, 40mins

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  Latin History for Morons Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Leguizamo is a master at offering sugar with the hard truths, usually throwing the jokes back on himself in a way designed to prevent resistance to what he is actually trying to say, and never abdicating his role as an entertainer. He should give masterclasses to any number of progressive politicians yet to master the fine art of political activism fused with self-deprecation and, well, a crucial note of empathy."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...After he's connected the past with the present and provided context that shows history replaying itself time and again, Leguizamo closes with celebratory defiance that stops erasure with the force of a freight train smashing a soda can. The result is a production that is flashy and fun and bright enough to illuminate history that's all too often ignored."
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Catey Sullivan

Daily Herald - Recommended

"...Leguizamo's acclaimed one-man show, in Chicago as part of a national tour, is more than a comic history lesson shared by a self-proclaimed "ghetto scholar." Working with director Tony Taccone, Leguizamo weaves through the personal story of his haphazard attempts to help his bullied middle-school son take pride in his Latin heritage and find historical heroes."
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Scott C. Morgan

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...John Leguizamo is a funny man! His new work, “Latin History for Morons”, now on the road and on the stage of The Cadillac Palace Theatre is an amazing powerful two hours of pure energy ( no intermission) that will have you laughing you A _ _ off!"
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Alan Bresloff

NewCity Chicago - Recommended

"..."Latin history is American history," Leguizamo remarks to the cheer of a nearly full house at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. He isn't in Chicago to let you sit idly by for his almost two-hour set. He's here to prove how much Latinx history we don't recall and to show how far our "land of the free" has fallen because of ignorance and white supremacy. Despite these heavy themes, Leguizamo is a charming comic with a passion for spreading truth and dispelling myths."
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Amanda Finn

WTTW - Recommended

"...But there is no denying the ferocity of Leguizamo's tragicomic jeremiad, or his bravura gifts as a terrific physical performer (throughout he is magnified for the large house to see on a giant video screen), or his ability to improvise. (He made the most of several seriously distracting sound system glitches that sadly robbed Tuesday night's audiences of the chance to see him dance the tango.) Truly unflappable, the man clearly is driven on by his determination to educate the "morons.""
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Hedy Weiss

The Fourth Walsh - Somewhat Recommended

"...I had two logistics issues with this show. First, Taccone decides to project Leguizamo on a screen above his head. Knowing that a version of this show is available on Netflix, I still wanted to experience the live performance. Yet for the entire show, I have double vision. I feel like I'm seeing the live and Netflix shows simultaneously. It was distracting. The other issue were my seat mates to my left. They acted like they were watching a Netflix special in their living room. Despite me giving them the side-eye, the group talked and made jokes for the show duration. It was distracting."
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Katy Walsh

Picture This Post - Recommended

"...Leguizamo’s script is littered with fun inside jokes for Spanish speakers and those of Latinx heritage. Though this writer with Irish roots didn’t always understand the punchlines, it was clear that other audience members appreciated not only the humor of these jokes, but also seeing their culture represented on stage; this was a joy to witness."
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Lauren Lynch

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