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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 20 2015

This diffuse drama by Migdalia Cruz flits among the interconnected lives of several black and Puerto Rican New Yorkers, including an elderly couple, their great-granddaughter, her vain boyfriend, a religious fanatic, and a young woman mourning the death of her brother. Cruz gives each of these characters emotional, poetic speeches about saltwater, stars, and blood, but she hasn’t found a way to connect the separate stories or propel them forward. Visión Latino Theatre Company’s staging (the troupe’s first) is acted with feeling and high spirits, especially by Joette Waters and Armando Reyes as the old folks. The production suffers, however, from Xavier Custodio’s clunky, blackout-heavy direction and Bari Fleischer’s cluttered scenic design, which manages to look cumbersome and rickety at the same time. —Zac Thompson

Price: $20-$30

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