“Aye, No” Must Cure The Gay

Enter Alicia, a gay Mexican American girl living in a border town who is bringing her White girlfriend, Cathy,  home to meet her grandma and aunts.  Already from the first bits of dialogue you know this will be a struggle as the aunts and grandma are hoping for a Mexican boy.

11741188_10153106898681849_6334342859211903912_oGrandma faints with a big “Aye, NO!” and from there the hilarity ensues as they try to cure Alicia of The Gay.  Eggs, prayers and even seeing a curandero, just can’t change Alicia.  She’s stuck with a gay “spirit”.

Never fear!   No matter what the aunts and grandma do, Alicia and Cathy have three “Godmothers”  (ie:  Drag Queens), to help them navigate the waters.

This play is precious.  It’s funny.  The “OMG they did not say that” kind of funny.

Precious?  Did you say Precious?

Yes.   To summarize a  quote Diane Villegas, who plays Mague, one of the nosey Aunts, this play is precious because it covers a serious subject, a scary subject, in a fun way.  All the other literature and plays out there are so gloom and doom.

Don’t let the humor make you think this isn’t a serious play.  There are some real emotions and struggles going on with this play.  It’s a playful (pun intended) way to watch social acceptance happen in this family dynamic.    We watch grandma slowly coming around, though she will never accept it, she loves her grandchild.   Mague, is accepting right away and very confused on whether she feels Alicia is living a life of sin.  The other auntie is positive, “God said NO”, but even she comes around out of love for her niece.

I think this play is the perfect play to include on a website that shines a light where inclusion is being done right and spotlights where discrimination lurks.  The play shows that inclusion is best for a family’s well being, and that inclusion can be hard.  But then, the right thing to do is always the hard thing to do.

While a little over the top, the play strikes a chord with the very real struggle of family, social norms, and religion that most gay people face when coming out.  Even if their families are accepting, they will always run into people who are not.  Even the drag queens take a quiet moment to reflect that love doesn’t work out, but love and laughter usually WIN out.  This play shows you that if you laugh in the face of strife, life is a lot more fun.

I highly recommend this play and hope you go see it.

Details:

July 30th – August 16th 2016
National Hispanic Cultural Center
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2:00 and 6:00 pm

Tickets available at:  www.vendini.com

Kudos:

Siembra Latino Theater
El Camino Real Productions, LLC
The Dolls
Playwright:  Liz Coronado Castillo
Director:  Valli Rivera

And additional kudos to all in this play for making opening night free for any LGBT kids under the age of 18.  What an incredibly wonderful thing to do.

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