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  Water and Power at Batey Urbano

Water and Power

Batey Urbano
2620 W. Division Chicago

Two ambitious Mexican-American brothers nicknamed Water and Power are climbing the ranks of Chicago's power structure and political machine. A gifted cop and a popular state senator respectively, Gilbert and Gabriel rose from the hardscrabble neighborhoods of the city's South side to the corridors of power. But on this dark and rainy night, they find themselves on a lonely stretch of Division Street, their careers hanging on the balance.

Presented by UrbanTheater Company

Thru - Jul 22, 2017

Price: $20

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-347-1203

Running Time: 1hr, 40mins

www.urbantheaterchicago. org/water-power/

  Water and Power Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...Individual moments - of an unexpectedly tender slow dance or a tense display of alpha-dog pragmatism - that pack more punch than the production as a whole. For Gabriel, all is justified when you're a cop: "I chase monsters, bro. And if I have become a monster, then maybe that makes me a better monster-catcher." That line hangs heavy. When he says he's in trouble, Gilbert shrugs and tells him to call for backup. "I am backup," comes the reply and everything about Ivan Vega's performance - especially his physicality, his stance - feels right. Outwardly tough and erratic, he is as vulnerable and broken as they come. You get him, even if you don't quite understand how he got here."
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Nina Metz

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...A less capable director might have gotten lost in Montoya's material; Richard Perez's simple, powerful production brings out its best. Ivan Vega is particularly stellar as the conflicted cop."
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Jack Helbig

Around The Town Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...I believe that the original play was written in another locality and that either the company or Director Richard Perez chose to make the story more “Chicago” by adding many signs and images of our city. I became a bit confused by this, as our set (Caswell James) appears to be a flea-bag motel on Division Street, yet, there are no areas such as this on Division Street. Lincoln Avenue would be the perfect spot, but since they refer to being South Side, I would think around Midway (Cicero Avenue between Roosevelt Road and Cermak could have worked better."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicago Theater Beat - Highly Recommended

"...The play, lovingly written by Richard Montoya, a mover and shaker in the West Coast theater world, was originally set in the barrios of Los Angeles. In bringing it to its Chicago setting, Mr. Montoya felt the need to incorporate much of Chicago’s environs – Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and South Siders – to represent a large range of Chicago’s people of Color. The script is peppered with the native language of its characters, enhancing its already powerful authenticity. Do not miss this play!"

Duane Barnes

   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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