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Blind Mouth Singing 

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In an unnamed Caribbean village, a stern Bernarda Alba-esque matriarch tries to control her troubled clan: a spinster sister who ministers to the syphilitic, a slovenly son with violent tendencies, a younger and more poetic son obsessed with a figure in the family well who might be a ghost, his long-lost father, or both. Director Loy Arcenas brings some cunning flourishes to this Teatro Vista world premiere by Jorge Ignacio Cortinas, but the script feels like borrowed finery from Lorca, Ibsen, and many Latin American magic realists. Deja vu sets in early, though Lisa Tejero's performance as kindhearted Aunt Bolivia is breathtaking. Through 3/5: Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 4 PM, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 312-494-5767, $22.

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