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Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You

MetroStage
1201 North Royal Street Alexandria

Playing to sold out audiences in NY, LA and Miami, MetroStage is proud to present this remarkable journey as Jay Alvarez recounts his family's escape from Cuba in 1964, five years after Castro's rise to power. This tribute to his father's unimaginable courage in the face of crushing historical events describes his family's escape from the oppression of Castro, risking everything as they navigated the Caribbean Sea in a small boat heading for the American shore.

Thru - Apr 22, 2012

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 5:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm & 7:00pm



Price: $40

Running Time: 1 hour 10 mins with no intermission

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  Review Round-Up

Washington Post - Recommended

"...Alvarez’s saga doesn’t unfold in a straight line but digresses and loops back on itself. An ingratiating performer, Alvarez keeps his audience right with him. Near the end, he recaps the opening scene at double speed to pull the audience back to that moment when the sea, the darkness and the unknown loomed before the escapees. In some scenes, his enthusiasm and emotions, particularly when portraying his mother, are over the top for Metro­Stage’s cozy space. Mostly, though, he keeps you happily along for the trip."
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Jane Horwitz,


DCTheatreScene - Recommended

Alvarez embodies all of his characters with a loving physicality that is a joy to watch—moving with grace and ease, he channels his parents, Humberto and Chiqui, and other loved ones with irrepressible excitement. They are all right there in front of our eyes, talking to each other, assessing the situation, considering options, finding a way.
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Debbie Jackson


MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"... Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You! is an important, engaging and wonderful tribute to the experiences of just a few of the many people who have left their homes to come to the U.S. in search of freedom."
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Erica Shadowsong



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