Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Aug. 28
Detained in the Desert
Josefina Lopez's drama puts human faces on statistics - and twists racial profiling into a complex knot. Lou Becker, Arizona hate-talk DJ, says he's a "patriot, not a racist." Then he becomes what he despises. He and Sandra (aka "Sandy") get lost in the desert. And when they're found, they have found themselves. Teatro Mascara Magica's opening night had some expected jitters, and the acting varied in quality. But as the play grew, and the themes took over, so did most of the performances. John Iacovelli's ingenious set suggests both walls and emptiness. At first the covered lights overhead have a fiesta-like quality, until you realize they're the white plastic gallon jugs the Border Angels fill with water and leave at key points in the desert.
Worth a try.
- Cost: $10 - $25 | Buy tickets
When: Ongoing until Sunday, September 15, 2013
- Wednesdays, 7:30pm
- Thursdays, 7:30pm
- Fridays, 7:30pm
- Saturdays, 2pm & 7:30pm
- Review: "La Jolla Playhouse stages Detained in the Desert" (Sept. 4, 2013)
- "Back to the border" (Sept. 12, 2013)