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Musas New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 24 2014

In Musas, writer Néstor Caballero answers a question no one has probably ever asked: What would happen if the depressive American poet Sylvia Plath met the eccentric Mexican painter Frida Kahlo? Sadly, his answer is garbled by poor dramatic structure. The play is full of intense dramatic moments (Kahlo writhes in pain on a gurney, Plath rages against her unfaithful husband) that don't quite add up to a compelling story. Worse still is Caballero's assumption that we already know all the key events and people in Plath and Kahlo's lives, so he doesn't have to dirty his hands with exposition or explanations. Mónica Steuer and Rebeca Aléman throw themselves heart and soul into re-creating Plath and Kahlo, but it's all lost in the sound and fury of Caballero's incoherent material. —Jack Helbig

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