This solo tour de force tells an astonishing tale centered on three towering figures in the life of protean performer Marissa Chibas: her father, Raul Chibas, who cowrote the manifesto for the Cuban revolution with Fidel Castro; her uncle, Eddy Chibas, who was the frontrunner for the Cuban presidency in 1951 before committing suicide during a live radio broadcast; her mother, Dalia Chibas, Miss Cuba runner-up in 1959. Zigzagging through her own stories and key episodes in the history of her illustrious family, Chibas gives an impassioned, live-wire performance that is propelled by her near-death experience in the Venezuelan Amazonia. An angel of death and an angel of life serve as guides on this journey.
Directed by Mira Kingsley.
“... impassioned and physically unstinting acting. We succumb to her magnetic force”The New Yorker
“Chibas has a dancer’s physicality that keeps her compulsively watchable. Great stuff, perfectly played.”David Lefokwitz New York Theater Review
“Chibas has a remarkable gift for impersonation… touches the human need to know who we are and where we come from.”Agustin GurzaThe Los Angeles Times
“Chibas portrays her childhood immersion in the mixed emotions of exile with impassioned and physically unstinting acting. We succumb to her magnetic force.”Jason ZinomanThe New Yorker
“She hooks us emotionally at the outset, and we’re tight with her for the rest of her journey of self-discovery…. Chibas has a remarkable gift for impersonation. In a split second, she embodies her various characters, like Robin Williams but with a purpose.Agustin GurzaThe Los Angeles Times
“Chibas throws her whole body gracefully, sometimes torturedly, into every gesture, almost always starting with a movement of her fingers then radiates into the rest of her. Chibas has a dancer’s physicality that keeps her compulsively watchable. Great stuff, perfectly played.”David LefowitzThe New Yorker Review