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Cuba's Teatro Buendia makes an impressive U.S. debut with this ingeniously compressed adaptation of the black comedy by Friedrich Durrenmatt (known in its English-language version as The Visit), about a rich old woman who promises the citizens of an impoverished village a fortune--if only they'll murder the man who seduced and betrayed her 40 years earlier. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles, Flora Lauten's staging uses stylized movement, hyperemotional line readings, dreamlike visual design, campy dance numbers, and wonderfully passionate ballads in the Cuban bolero tradition to intensify Durrenmatt's cynical study of sex, deprivation, and greed. --Albert Williams


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