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click to enlarge Leslie Magdalena Holguín

Leslie Magdalena Holguín

Carolina Sánchez

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30 2016
Price: $20
Collectivo El Pozo presents Allá en San Fernando as a commemoration of 72 would-be immigrants murdered on August 24, 2010, victims of corruption and bloodlust along the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Raúl Doronte's play (which is performed in Spanish with English supertitles) begins on a desert plain, with two snickering assassins, a knife, and three helpless women— Judith (Leslie Magdalena Holguín), Salomé (José Rochel), and María (Carolina Escrich). As they mutter prayers under their breath, the women are summarily executed—and I don’t know how to describe what comes next except as a highly redemptive clown journey through the afterlife. It is so weird, and so weirdly beautiful, to hear these dead souls gossip and tap dance; Holguín is delightful as a kind of ringleader. The play allows itself such winning levity in its second act that the mournful aspects—the solemnity, the (electric) candles—start to feel ceremonious and dull. —Max Maller



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