Get Surreal

Highly intellectual dramas, such as those commonly staged at this festival, often deal in abstractions, which presents a serious challenge to those whose facility with the Spanish language is anything less than fluent and sophisticated. But I'm always fascinated to see non-Spanish speakers wander into these plays and, because of the sets, the impassioned acting, and the emphasis on stage movement, emerge having thoroughly enjoyed themselves. And in some cases, they have even extracted a rudimentary understanding of what they've seen. Great theater can produce a magic that transcends dialogue and drives to the heart of human conflicts. I highly recommend committing some evenings in the coming week to the ninth International Hispanic Theatre Festival. The thrill of experiencing such rituals of dramatic mysticism needs no translation.

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