Anna in the Tropics

  • Date:
    November 1, 2003

    Opened: 16 Nov 2003
    Written by Nilo Cruz
    Starring: Jimmy Smits
    Directed by: Emily Mann
    Synopsis: Set in 1929 in a Cuban-American cigar factory where cigars are still rolled by hand and 'lectors' are employed to educate and entertain the workers. The arrival of a new lector is a cause for celebration, but when he begins to read aloud from Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics, and the American dream prove a volatile combination.

    What the critics had to say.....
    BEN BRENTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says �Earnestly poetic play.� CLIVE BARNES of NEW YORK POST says �Moderately fascinating play.� HOWARD KISSEL of NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says �Too often, however, the production falls short of its poetic images.� ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY says �Most of what ensues is predictable, despite a few twists. � MICHAEL SOMMERS of STAR-LEDGER says "Graceful romance fulfills all expectations." MICHAEL KUCHWARA of ASSOCIATED PRESS says "A ripe, erotically charged production, beautifully acted" CHRISTINE DOLEN of THe MIAMI HERALD says "Vibrant"

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