Chicago Theater Review: MOJADA (Victory Gardens)

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by Paul Kubicki on July 24, 2013

in Theater-Chicago

BORDERING ON TRAGEDY

There is a lot to like about Chay Yew and playwright Luis Alfaro’s Mojada, a modern retelling of Medea, which sets the main character as an undocumented immigrant and seamstress in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. At its best moments, it offers Paul Kubicki's Stage and Cinema review of "Mojada" by Luis Alfaro at Victory Gardens Biograph Theaterremarkable insight into the harrowing experience of illegal border crossing and treats Medea, a character who is often villainized and diva-fied, with immense compassion. However, despite stunning production values and a strong cast, Mojada somewhat falls short of its own aspirations to make the classic tragedy relevant. Medea’s unspeakable crimes at the end seem sudden and unjustified. The arc of the show is left a bit out of whack, and since earlier moments work so well, Mojada doesn’t follow through with the drama it has set us up for.

Paul Kubicki's Stage and Cinema review of "Mojada" by Luis Alfaro at Victory Gardens Biograph Theaterphotos by Michael Brosilow

Mojada
Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Park
scheduled to end on August 11, 2013
for tickets, call 773.871.3000
or visit Victory Gardens

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