It is uncommon that you simply come throughout a brand new adaptation of a vintage textual content that feels groundbreaking and new whilst nonetheless maintaining the center of the unique. However Quixote Nuevo by means of Octavio Solis, recently enjoying on the Spherical Space Theatre, is simply that.
On this model of the vintage story our Don Quixote is in reality Jose Guijano, a former professor who taught Cervantes’s novel. Affected by dementia, his circle of relatives is making plans to transport him into an assisted dwelling facility, yet sooner than they may be able to set up the transfer, Papa Calaca, a trickster incarnation of dying, scoffs Guijano into choosing up his sword and occurring one remaining journey to seek out Dulcinea. The that means in the back of Guijano’s actual lifestyles reference to Dulcinea is doled out in small, surreal wallet all through the display, superbly captured in Alberto Segarra’s lighting fixtures design and Helen Huang’s charming puppets. I may not ruin the backstory in the back of their love-that would possibility ruining the transferring finale of the play-but leisure confident that there is actual emotional reality in the back of Guijano’s surreal quest.
Lisa Portes‘ manufacturing is in point of fact stunning and does this glorious script justice. All of the components of the production-from Milagros Ponce de León’s set design to the song that David Molina has added to Guijano’s hallucinations-combine to create a magic setting, the place fact blends into myth seamlessly. And even if we are firmly in fact (at a dive bar, sitting with a bunch of migrant staff after an extended day), the target market continues to be transported to Texas. The cruelty of the border and the shadow of Trump’s wall loom huge over the tale and Guijano’s quest, yet by no means overtake the emotional middle of the tale.
Herbert Siguenza is charming as Guijano, particularly within the remaining scene when the intensity of his grief and guilt involves gentle. Ernie González, JR.’s performances as Manny Diaz, the odd guy who will get sucked into Guijano’s quest as his Sancho Panza, is endearingly humorous and heartfelt. And Raúl Cardona is chillingly easy as Papa Calaca. The ensemble, maximum of whom play a couple of portions, also are extraordinarily proficient. However they particularly shine once they act because the bodily embodiment of Guijano’s delusions, making a song and dancing whilst wearing Helen Huang’s fabulous costumes embellished with calacas and different Día de los Muertos imagery.
I watched the recording of this efficiency, which was once a shockingly delightful revel in. The Spherical Space merits applause for its easy-to-navigate web site, which lets you log in and circulate the video after acquire at any time for the duration of the display’s run. The efficiency was once superbly recorded, and correct and smooth to make use of captions make the video much more obtainable.
The display is to be had to circulate on the Spherical Space Theatre till October seventeenth. You’ll acquire tickets right here.
Picture Credit score: Herbert Siguenza as Jose Quijano (Don Quixote) within the Spherical Space Theatre manufacturing of Octavio Solis‘s play “Quixote Nuevo.” (Margot Schulman Images/Spherical Space Theatre