Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Nairoby Otero and I had all the basics down when we met-- fellow freshmen, next door neighbors, and "first friends". Almost eight years later(oy), we've remained supportive and sassy friends, not necessarily speaking often but always picking up where we left off.
I was able to catch the off-off Broadway debut of her original piece on Tuesday night. It is the story of a Cuban girl named, Claridad, and her recollection of traveling with her mother from Cuba to America, settling in New Orleans, and her struggles to define herself as "first, Cuban and second, American"--all whilst preparing for her quinceanera. It is a solo performance, with Nairoby playing a range of characters from Claridad, her mother, to her neighbor, Pepe, and many more.
It closes on Sunday (my 26th birthday!), so run to see it. It's a great piece of theater with definite potential for an off Broadway run.
DOROTHY STRELSIN THEATRE
ABINGDON THEATRE ARTS COMPLEX
312 W. 36th Street 1st Floor
(between 8th and 9th Avenues)
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