Monthly Archives: June 2008

‘Alexandros’ is

fitfully successful

in Laguna Playhouse premiere

A new comedy about a dysfunctional Cuban-American family struggles with problems of tone but presents some memorable characters.

By PAUL HODGINS, The Orange County Register

Abuela appraises her 15-year-old her granddaughter Marty for the first time in a decade. “Enorme!” she says, marveling over how much the girl has grown.

“She says you’re very beautiful,” Marty’s mom, Maritza, quickly adds.

That moment near the beginning of “Alexandros,” a new play by Melinda Lopez making its world premiere at the Laguna Playhouse, nicely captures its themes. This dysfunctional Cuban-American family walks gingerly on a bed of lies, and Maritza’s decision...

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In Melinda Lopez’s comedy ‘Alexandros,’ a gathering of a Cuban American clan doesn’t go as planned.

By David Ng, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

June 2, 2008

If for no other reason, family reunions exist to give writers ample material for their stories of dinner-table dysfunctionality. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that. Other people’s domestic traumas have yielded some of theater’s finest masterpieces.
Unfortunately, Melinda Lopez’s “Alexandros” isn’t one of them. This ensemble piece, having its world premiere at the Laguna Playhouse, is a family-reunion comedy that uses ethnic spice to enliven its reheated premise. A Cuban family living in Miami reunites to celebrate the 75th birthday of its matriarch (Maria Cellario). The party brings three generations together under one...

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