Ghosts of the River

We went to see Ghosts of the River last night in San Jose. It plays two more shows (today and tomorrow) . . . and then it moves onto San Francisco. It’s the perfect California mash-up of Mexican-American border vignettes (specifically El Paso, TX and the Rio Grande, where playwright Octavio Solis grew up), and the wayang kulit , Balinese shadow puppetry, which is also found in Southern Thailand and Cambodia. I Even though Mexico is well known for its papel picado (paper cut folk art), apparently they don’t have shadow puppets. (That’s what they told us, when they gave us a backstage tour to show us how it’s done, and all the props that were used. That was very neat.) The two best stories are the last, involving kids.

It’s bilingual, both in speech and supertitles.

I highly recommend it. It’s also making want to watch John Sayle’s “Lone Star” again.


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