You Don’t Know My Life, Ni Mi Madre Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Sundays. Continues through Nov. 18 2012

Arturo Soria has had a breakout year, delivering memorable performances in Hit the Wall and Oedipus el Rey. In this 65-minute solo work, he takes on the role of his own thrice-married, Brazilian-immigrant mother. Soria's script and performance portray mom as a wine-swilling, lambada-dancing firecracker with a self-aggrandizing streak and shades of Gypsy's Mama Rose. It's not a flattering portrait but ultimately a forgiving one. Wearing a mauve nightgown and a blue kimono, Soria has the woman—if not his lines—down pat. The script needs work, though. The narrative is too rambling and repetitive to properly shape the idea, which seems to be to account for the heroine's fraught relationship with her son by exploring her loveless childhood back in Brazil. —Zac Thompson

Price: $15

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