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Héctor Álvarez

Devron Enarson

When: Thursdays. Continues through Feb. 23 2017
Price: $12 in advance, $15 or pay what you can at the door
rhinofest.com
Writer and performer Héctor Álvarez addresses the destructive force of gun violence in this deeply affecting solo show, directed by Theatre Y’s Melissa Lorraine for the 2017 Rhinofest. For Álvarez, guns have a sort of poetic imbalance—they are an incredibly efficient invention but more often than not inspire helpless, even desperate behavior. Five different scenes use a combination of original and preexisting texts to illustrate the point. Some of them are mildly humorous; others truly audacious, most memorably when Álvarez adopts the persona of a twisted Latino lawyer defending (or abusing?) a white cop. Come ready to contribute: audience participation is a big part of the show’s effectiveness. —Matt de la Peña

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