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  Exquisite Agony at GALA Hispanic Theatre

Exquisite Agony

GALA Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th Street, NW Washington

Don´t miss this "exquisite opportunity" to see Nilo Cruz direct his own work! Cruz's latest play explores matters of the heart - love lost and the need to experience it once more. But to find it again, the past must be addressed. Millie, an opera singer, embarks on a quest to find the recipient of her late husband's heart. Like the operas she performs, Millie's journey melds fantasy and fiction, drama and heightened emotion to unleash dark family secrets. Laced with humor and pain, memories of the past are revisited as the family looks to move on. "When I came across stories about heart transplant patients, I was intrigued," states Cruz. "Does a recipient inherit traits of the donor? Does their taste and other senses change? How does a body react when a new element becomes a part of it? My curiosity inspired me to write this play with an opera singer at the center grappling with the loss of her love and their past. I have worked a lot with classical music, and am inspired by musicians, especially singers," continues Cruz. On a conceptual level, the play raises questions around our acceptance or rejection of "foreign" elements into the body. Performed in Spanish with English surtitles.

Thru - Mar 1, 2020

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Box Office: 202-234-7174

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MetroWeekly - Recommended

"...Rich with purpose and atmosphere, though comparatively thin on plot, Nilo Cruz’s engaging Exquisite Agony tinkers and toys with challenging ideas that it doesn’t really take out of the box. Cruz’s drama establishes the intriguing premise of opera singer Millie Marcel (Luz Nicolas) fixating on finding the young cardiac patient now living with her late husband’s heart, but populates her story with a swirling cast of complicated characters who become embroiled in her obsession without doing much else."

Andre Hereford

BroadwayWorld - Recommended

"...It's an intriguing tale of romance and mortality that plays well as Valentine's Day's own heart flourishes quickly approach."
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Roger Catlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...One of the real delights of this production is the fact that it weaves opera through the show itself, as a reminder that the stories Millie tells onstage are stories from opera, stories of “exquisite agony.” David Crandall has put together a selection of opera and non-operatic music that will be very familiar and welcome to GALA’s audience. Christopher Annas-Lee’s lighting design makes the most of the nearly bare stage, at times making it pop with color."
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Barbara Mackay

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...This is an evening of strong, compelling theater. While delivered in Spanish, (and even some Spanish speakers may miss out in the high-speed volley of some of the Cuban Spanish,) it is visually and emotionally stunning. Exquisite Agony is an important contribution to the whole Washington theater community delivered by a master of theatrical imagination."
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Susan Galbraith

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