Las hermanas Palacios (The Palacios Sisters) Reviews
Washington Post- Recommended
"...Like shows such as “In The Heights” and “West Side Story,” “Las Hermanas Palacios” tackles stories of competing values in assimilation. The family lives in a neighborhood called Little Havana, but the city feels unfamiliar, especially as it grows to become even more emblematic of an American society that values money and power."
DC Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
"...Las Hermanas Palacios captures both the complications and simplicity of life with a specificity in its writing and design so chillingly precise that I had trouble believing I was in a theater in Columbia Heights and not actually in 1985 Miami. The play follows Olga, María, and Irinita Palacios as they navigate their new lives in exile, away from their beloved Havana."
Washington City Paper- Somewhat Recommended
"...García and Alea, who conceived of the play together, explain in the program that Las hermanas Palacios is steeped in Chekhovian nostalgia. At its best, the play explores this potent effect by giving voice to the exile’s desire while contrasting them with their unhappy new home. Rodrigo Muñoz’s carefully selected costumes provide a case in point: The play opens with the three sisters done up all prim and proper in shades of white, black, and gray, sitting awkwardly in La Varona’s comparatively tacky club like stuck-up fish out of water."
MD Theatre Guide- Recommended
"...Those themes are too sticky to ignore. Cristina Garcia’s script never loses sight of that longing for a bygone home. Even in the most riotously fun moments, the cast stays haunted by that impossible dream. As the tale closes, the yearning Chekov wrote is only intensified by calling back to the nostalgic dream of a Havana night. Adaptation is a difficult art and rarely done successfully. This attempt that so gracefully builds on the original may be rarer still."