Thursday, Jun 21, 2018
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 43 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




 

 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, May 25, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 21
Arroyo's is a great place to visit
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Arroyo's is a great place to visit

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

WELCOME TO ARROYO'S
THEATER SCHMEATER
Through June 2


It's hip hop and altruism and history and idealism and art. It's finding out what you're made of and finding out how to see what is offered right in front of you. It's so many things rolled up into one small, delightful play: Welcome to Arroyo's by Kristoffer Diaz, and it's at Theater Schmeater, right now.

Expertly guided by director Jay O'Leary, this kick ass cast tells the story of a brother and sister reeling from the recent loss of their mother. The sister, Molly (Ashley Salazar), after years of hiding her graffiti-art-spraying identity, has suddenly started openly tagging, daring a local beat cop (Naa Akua) to arrest her. The brother, Alejandro (Tony Magana, Jr.), has turned his mother's deli into a bar, in the tradition of 'If you build it, they will come,' but so far no one's coming.

Two budding DJs, Nel (Michael Cercado) and Trip (Richard Sean Glen), keep trying to convince him to add their hip hop flare to draw the neighborhood, but they have trouble getting through to Alejandro. Into the bar walks Lelly (Anasofia Gallegos) and Alejandro immediately wants to know what she thinks.

Lelly is on a particularly special quest, though: to prove that Alejandro and Molly's mother could be one of the seminal historic founders of hip hop and the first female hip hopper who disappeared from the scene twenty years before - right when their mother opened the deli. In fact, Lelly has a picture that looks so much like Molly that even Molly agrees it could be her.

But Lelly isn't quite brave enough to tell Alejandro the full truth of why she walked into his bar. So, what will happen when Alejandro finally hears the truth?

The rhythms of the script are short and sweet. The scenes are short, but punctuated like beats in a song. The story unfolds in tiny bursts like bites of an apple, one at a time.

Would it upset the siblings to find out their mother had a whole unshared past history? Is it really true? Has Lelly buried herself in the past in order to deflect from her discomfort with the present? Is Molly's tagging 'art' or defacing, and will the cop arrest her or date her?

Each of the characters is revealed distinctly enough to let us know them and understand them. Even the beat cop gets a backstory about their name, Derek Jeter, which has caused them much misery in relation to the famous ball player. (Akua is cast to make this role deliberately gender-fluid. I don't know if the script called for this or if this was a director choice.)

Arroyo's is a great place to visit. It's funny, bittersweet, and lightly introspective. Get to know it before it has to be turned into a megaplex, or something.

For more information, go to www.schmeater.org or call 206-324-5801.

Discuss your opinions with SGNCritic@gmail.com or go to www.facebook.com/SeattleTheaterWriters. More articles can be found at MiryamsTheaterMusings.blogspot.com.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Fantastic Z's 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche an absurd and fluffy dish
------------------------------
Arroyo's is a great place to visit
------------------------------
June theater busts out singing
------------------------------
Adam Rippon and 'Stars on Ice' light up Seattle's Key Arena
------------------------------
Tulalip Resort Casino announces summer and fall concert line-up including Melissa Etheridge July 14
------------------------------
Atasha Manila crowned 'La Femme Magnifique WA 2018', Kristie Champagne crowned 'La Femme Magnifique Plus WA 2018'
------------------------------
Seattle Humane - Pets of the Week
------------------------------
'Unite Live with MK Scott' debuts at the Triple Door with an all-star lineup
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Masterfully composed Disobedience a tearfully resonant melodrama
------------------------------
Roguish Solo an enjoyable Star Wars lark
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1707 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News 2018 - DigitalTeamWorks 2018

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News