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click to enlarge Karen Rodriguez in The Way She Spoke: a Docu-mythologia

Karen Rodriguez in The Way She Spoke: a Docu-mythologia

Michael Brosilow

The Way She Spoke: A Docu-mythologia 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 10 2016
Price: $42-$48
The ostensible subject of this 60-minute monologue (directed by Laura Baker, delivered by Karen Rodriguez) is the culture of violent misogyny that apparently took hold of Mexico's Ciudad Juárez in the early 1990s, resulting in the abuse and murder of hundreds of women. But what playwright Isaac Gomez really wants to talk about is himself and his anguish over the American male privilege that, he seems to argue, makes him an accomplice to those murders. The result is a tricksy, clumsy, adolescent exercise in political narcissism. I can't say how abhorrent I find it that an atrocity is turned here into the backdrop for a self-dramatizing and unmerited mea culpa. If Gomez hopes to make a real theatrical statement, I'd suggest he read some Brecht. —Tony Adler

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