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Ensembles from Spain and Mexico join local troupes in the Goodman Theatre's first-ever showcase of Latino theater. Coordinated by actor-director Henry Godinez, the fest features readings, performances, and discussions in both Spanish and English. Participants include Chicago's Teatro Vista, Aguijon Theater Company, and Teatro Luna as well as Mexico's Certain Inhabitants' Theatre and Spain's Compania Marta Carrasco. The Goodman Latino Theater Festival runs through July 20 at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. Times and ticket prices vary as shown in the schedule below; for reservations and more information, call 312-443-3800 or log on to www.goodman-theatre.org.

Following is the schedule for July 10-17; a complete schedule is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com.

THURSDAY, JULY 10

The Messenger

Teatro Vista performs a staged reading of a comedy about the disappearance of opera star Enrico Caruso during a 1920 engagement in Cuba. The play, adapted from a novel by Maura Montero, is presented in English. 7:30 PM; $5-$9.

FRIDAY, JULY 11

El automovil gris (The Gray Automobile)

Two actors narrate a screening of a 1919 Mexican silent film directed by Enrique Rosas. This presentation by Mexico's Certain Inhabitants' Theatre is performed in Spanish, though the film has English subtitles; accompaniment is provided by a Mexican pianist. 8 PM; $14-$22.

SATURDAY, JULY 12

El automovil gris (The Gray Automobile)

See listing for Friday, July 11. 2 and 8 PM; $14-$22.

SUNDAY, JULY 13

El automovil gris (The Gray Automobile)

See listing for Friday, July 11. 2 PM; $14-$22.

Electricidad

The Goodman Theatre previews its upcoming production of Luis Alfaro's new drama, subtitled "A Chicano Take on Sophocles' Electra." The reading is directed by Henry Godinez, who will stage the play's world premiere next season. 7:30 PM; $5-$9.

MONDAY, JULY 14

Panel Discussion

The state of Latino theater in Chicago and around the U.S. is the topic of this conversation. Participants include Luis Alfaro and Diane Rodriguez, codirectors of the Latino Theatre Initiative at LA's Mark Taper Forum; author Nilo Cruz; Abel Lopez of the GALA Hispanic Theater in Washington, D.C.; and three Chicago artistic directors: Teatro Luna's Tanya Sarracho, Teatro Vista's Edward Torres, and Aguijon Theater Company's Rosario Vargas. 7:30 PM; free, but reservations are required.

TUESDAY, JULY 15

Psst . . . I Have Something to Tell You, Mi Amor

Chicago poet Ana Castillo's playwriting debut, adapted from her poem "Like the People of Guatemala, I Want to Be Free of These Memories," is based on the true story of a nun who was kidnapped and tortured by the Guatemalan government. This one-act is performed in English under Henry Godinez's direction. 7:30 PM; $8-$12.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16

Psst . . . I Have Something to Tell You, Mi Amor

See listing for Tuesday, July 15. 7:30 PM; $8-$12.

THURSDAY, JULY 17

Mira'm (Se dicen tantas cosas) (So Many Things Are Said)

See Critic's Choice. 7:30 PM; $14-$22.

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