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click to enlarge Eddie Martínez, Andrew,J. Salome Martínez, and Tommy Rivera-Vega

Eddie Martínez, Andrew,J. Salome Martínez, and Tommy Rivera-Vega

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 16 2016
Price: $20-$30
The men at the center of Mando Alvarado's dark domestic comedy make Eugene O'Neill's family look like the Cleavers. Five years after losing his mother to depression, an antisocial slob and compulsive masturbator moves in with his authoritarian brother and his stepfather, a former heroin addict. Together the three men work both with and against each other in an attempt to care for their autistic 21-year-old sibling and stepson (Tommy Rivera Vega). Dramaturgically, Alvarado's story is a bit of a mess, but it's venturesome and truthful enough to be a good, if peculiar, kind of mess. Directed by Ricardo Gutiérrez, this Teatro Vista production features some fascinating and heartfelt scene work that goes beyond the usual antihero conventions, even if its parts are greater than its sum. —Dan Jakes



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