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  Enfrascada (A Hoodoo Comedy of Jarring Proportions) at Berwyn Cultural Center

Enfrascada (A Hoodoo Comedy of Jarring Proportions)

Berwyn Cultural Center
6420 16th Street Berwyn

When a terrible split turns Alicia’s world upside down, she turns to Folk Magic to heal her suffering. With the help of her friends and some enchanting magi, Alicia mines the underworlds of Brujeria, Santeria and Hoodoo for magic recipes, age-old traditions and ancient jar spells looking for a cure. Based on real and extended exchanges with practitioners of each craft, Enfrascada is performed in English with a sprinkle of Spanish.

Presented by 16th Street Theater

Thru - May 19, 2012

Price: $18

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 708-795-6704

  Enfrascada (A Hoodoo Comedy of Jarring Proportions) Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Saracho first presented this story of sex, santeria and the city as "Jarred" in 2008 with Teatro Luna, the all-Latina company she co-founded. 16th Street's production, directed by Keira Fromm, still feels like a piece that's searching for narrative and emotional resolution. But as a fresh, funny, and honest appraisal of the speed bumps that a busted heart throws in the way of women's friendships, it's a winning night out, thanks to a top-flight cast and Saracho's growing gift for sharp one-liners."
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...With lead actress Dana Cruz trapped in a boilerplate breakup narrative, the supporting cast get a chance to shine. Yadira Correa and Yunuen Pardo bring high energy and comic talent to the roles of Alicia's outspoken friends, Yesenia and Carolina. But these vivacious characters are just passengers on the closed circuit of Saracho's monorail plot."
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Keith Griffith

Time Out Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...Less satisfying are the murky motivations behind much of Alicia’s drive to rekindle her failed romance. As she wades deeper into the underworld of Santería, our lack of meaningful knowledge about her drains the human stakes from the proceedings and accentuates the play’s formulaic march to conclusion rather than resolution. She may lose herself in her obsession, but we don’t know who she’s lost."
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Benno Nelson

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...Under the careful direction of Keira Fromm, who uses the tiny stage of this theater to full advantage ( on a set by Kurt Sharp) the next 80 minutes ( the show is 100 minutes with no intermission) we watch as Alicia meets with many “healers” all played masterfully by Lorenz Diaz in order to find a hex or formula to make her Diego want her back. Her friends plus Lulu ( a half Gringo-Half Latina, who is great on quotes and “yuppie food”) do all they can to assist Alicia in finding her way. There is much comedy and even though Saracho sprinkles in a bit more Spanish than in her other plays, you will not miss any of the humor or story line. The actresses, all five, are wonderful as they work together in taking us on this journey; visiting the Senoras, who all have different potions, all of them needing a mason jar. There are scenes at a cemetery and in a car as the ladies stalk Diego in order to get in and steal his underwear. These scenes are full of honesty and humor."
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Alan Bresloff

   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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