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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 22 2017

In his 2006 drama, revived here by Urban Theater Company, Chicano playwright Richard Montoya uses a mixture of dramatic styles—the gritty noir realism of TV, movies, and graphic novels and a much more mystical magic realism (one brother is haunted by a spirit animal, who appears throughout the play)—to tell the story of two Latino brothers, one a rogue police officer, the other a sell-out politician. Sometimes intriguing, sometimes just confusing, this hybrid style ultimately redeems Montoya’s tale, saving it from its occasional lapses into the worn tropes of TV police dramas, and giving the author room to create rich, layered, complicated characters. A less capable director might have gotten lost in Montoya’s material; Richard Perez’s simple, powerful production brings out its best. Ivan Vega is particularly stellar as the conflicted cop. —Jack Helbig

Price: $20 suggested donation, $40 suggested for the benefit performance Sat 7/22


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