Mala Hierba

  • Our critic's rating:
    Date:
    July 1, 2014

    What the popular press said...

    "Under the direction of Jerry Ruiz, the performances are mostly serviceable but shallow. As the anguished Lili, Ms. Milans gives a studied but rather bloodless performance. She looks luscious in her flashy red evening gown (and later, in bed with Mari, black lingerie), but she doesn’t supply much sensitivity or vulnerability in this crucial role."
    Charles Isherwood for New York Times

    "Mala Hierba competently directed by Jerry Ruiz, is never less than absorbing. The dialogue zings at full speed, and although the characters are archetypes, they also have an electric energy..."
    Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post

    "Second Stage really knows how to show a girl a good time, the proof being its excellent track record of producing vital work by important women playwrights. Chalk up another win with “Mala Hierba,” a funny and frightening play..."
    Marilyn Stasio for Variety

    "Mala Hierba is peppered with Spanish idioms and outbursts (the title loosely translates as bad seed), but Saracho's attempt to make the dialogue clear to an English-language audience backfires, as the characters frequently speak to each other in Spanish and then offer the translation in the next breath. People don't talk like that—especially not these women—and the play's realism suffers as a result."
    Joe McGovern for Entertainment Weekly

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