Produced by Teatro del Pueblo for the 2004 MN Fringe Festival, "Tequila" is a dark musical comedy by Silvia Pontaza. Welcome to TEQUILA, a little tavern in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, ca. 1951. Three scorned women and one homosexual bartender all at very different crossroads in their lives discover their connections to each other, to their dreams and to their future through music, laughter, love, lust and the stories of their past. A fascinating and intricate story heightened by beautiful musical additions in guitar and trumpet, song, dance and illusion.
Directed by: Nikki Bettcher
Music Provided by: Scott Erickson, Juan Lopez and Jennifer Dawson
Starring: Paulino Brener, Joy Chavarria, Billie Jo Konze and Silvia Pontaza
City Pages Review:
An Anglo woman walks into a Mexican bar. She's a Rosie the Riveter on the lam, having left her WWII veteran husband back in Chicago. She and the bartender, a charming Portuguese gay man, start throwing back shots of tequila and are soon joined by the bar's proprietress (also Frida Kahlo's jilted comrade) and an abused wife. It's 1951, yet the four can sum up their woes like they're fresh from a modern women's- or gay-studies class. More plausible are the sweet moments when the characters are allowed fantasies--where soldiers can dance, painting competitions are won, and bittersweet songs are vented, trumpet and folk guitar included. Thu 8:30 p.m., Fri 7:00 p.m., Sun 8:30 p.m. Howard Conn Fine Arts Center. --Christina Schmitt
Sweet, great music, bilingual!
A delightful show, mostly in English with some Spanish and lots of music. Staging and lighting are beautiful, the sound effects team on the sidelines is terrific, and the story of intersecting lives in a Mexican bar is well worth checking out!
—Robin Gillette (Posted on Aug. 8)
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Relationship with Others vs Relationship with Self
Some potential for development. The characters fly in and out without much depth. Several topics touched upon including spousal abuse, relationship problems, searching for self and don't compare your talents to others"....ok not bad--good humor, live music and a gay bartender! Viva la Frieda! Worth seeing.
—dixie treichel (Posted on Aug. 13)
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A First Draft
The program mentioned that the author of this show views it as a first draft - and it felt like it. A good effort with some nice moments. However, it still needs some work. I liked the music and sound effects.
—Tim Erickson (Posted on Aug. 9)
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