Review: ‘Bad Hombres/Good Wives’ is definitely an inspired stream of renegade humor at San Diego Rep
During the threat of sounding flip — which wouldn’t do justice to a winningly bonkers comedy that took its female-empowerment themes seriously — “Bad Hombres/Good Wives” may just encourage both a hashtag and a theatrical genre: #MeTuba.
The blurts of a sousaphone serve as both musical accompaniment and sly comic commentary on the deliriously antic action in the San Diego Rep world premiere of Herbert Sigьenza’s Moliиre-goes-modern mashup.
Additionally the man whom plays it while he roves across the stage — the tubaist that is talented Kuicho Rodriguez — becomes something such as a wordlessly wry Greek chorus (in the event that ancient Greeks had gotten around to developing marching bands).
The Rep resident playwright (and co-founder of the pioneering Chicano troupe Culture Clash) who loves putting classics through a pop-culture Mixmaster it’s the kind of anything-goes gambit that often animates plays by Sigьenza.
However with “Bad Hombres” — built around Moliиre’s “School for Wives,” about a chauvinistic goat that is old to groom the most perfect, subservient spouse — the playwright has had their singularly eccentric sensibilities to fresh creative levels.
So when directed by having a yen when it comes to kinetic by Rep chief that is artistic Woodhouse, the play has its own females not merely turning the tables but flipping them in addition to some hapless men’s minds, amid the ultra-macho milieu of Mexican medication cartels within the early 1990s.
Sigьenza’s story ( that he’s got referred to as being #MeToo-inspired) keeps the bare bones of Moliиre’s satire, whether or not the environment is just a little various: It offers a brutal and drug that is arrogant called Don Ernesto (played by the consummate pro John Padilla) getting set to marry young Eva (a sharp and deceptively delicate Yvette Angulo), that has been sequestered in a convent for a long time. Continue reading “Review: ‘Bad Hombres/Good Wives’ is definitely an inspired stream of renegade humor at San Diego Rep”