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Culture Clash in AmeriCCa

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Twenty years after the trio known as Culture Clash was formed, its members--Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza--are still skewering the vacas sagradas of Chicano life. In Culture Clash in AmeriCCa they offer a kaleidoscopic variety of subjects portrayed in a range of styles, from a Chaplinesque tango/pantomime on El Salvador's tangled, tragic relationship with the United States to a Godfather-style reworking of Columbus's "discovery" of the New World that holds the explorer personally accountable for everything from "500 years of genocide" to Ricky Martin singing "La Vida Fucking Loca." In the best segment on the tape I watched, an old-school Chicano activist who's slipped into middle-aged sloth is confronted by the accusing ghost of Che Guevara; the hard-toking activist says, "One thing confuses me. When did you go out with Evita Peron?" The Goodman Latino Theater Festival offers Chicago audiences a rare chance to savor these savvy, gifted west-coast avatars of social satire. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800. Opens Thursday, July 15, 7:30 PM. Through July 17: Friday-Saturday, 8 PM. $20-$25.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Kevin Berne.

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