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Last chance to see ‘Marisol’; tickets for Aguilar; and getting a pedicure

<strong>Last chance for “Marisol” </strong>

I urge you to see Narrow Way Stage Company’s production of Jose Rivera’s “Marisol.” This weekend is your last chance. It plays in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center this Thursday through Sunday. Beulah Francisca Vega directs a cast that feels each step of this play, magically transforming the stage into the mean streets of the Bronx and Brooklyn. This play is not light entertainment that sends you home whistling. But it will get you thinking, looking at the world we live in, one that includes poverty, homelessness, want, fear and anger.

The set, designed by Narrow Way principals and founders, Tony and Chris Ginesi, is fabulous; a work of art worthy of its own show. Plus, the added edginess created by excellent lighting and sound brings a haunting reality to the play.

The play highlights an apocalyptic time when hungry children, raging war, lack of water and the disappearance of the moon create panic among the citizens. Written in 1993, the play feels prescient, foretelling a future that for many in this world is already present. God is old and senile and the angels are in rebellion. Marisol, the main character, wishes for a time, not long past, when she could “read all about the misery in the world and yet not lose a moment of my day.” She claims, “I thought I’d be immune; I thought I’d be safe.” Yet, no one is safe when the world is turned upside down and plunging toward chaos. The opening words of the play are shouted in alarm: “Wake up!”

Director Vega says this is a play that asks, “What does it mean to love and to be loved?” Members of the audience must answer that question themselves, while the characters in the play point the way.


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