When: Thu., Oct. 27, 7:30-9 p.m., Fri., Oct. 28, 7:30-9 p.m., Sat., Oct. 29, 2:30-4 p.m., Sun., Oct. 30, 7:30-9 p.m., Tue., Nov. 1, 7:30-9 p.m., Wed., Nov. 2, 7:30-9 p.m., Thu., Nov. 3, 7:30-9 p.m. and Fri., Nov. 4, 7:30-9 p.m. 2016
The St. Mary’s University theater department’s fall production, Our Lady of the Tortilla by Luis Santeiro, opens Thursday, with shows every day (except October 31) through November 4. A riotously funny but nevertheless poignant affair, the acclaimed play zooms in on the Cruz family during a particularly eventful weekend. While the youngest son brings home his WASP girlfriend and frets over seeming too Mexican, the oldest son shows back up with his failed life and knocked-up girlfriend, and the mother longs to recapture her wayward husband. But everything is thrown into a disarray of biblical proportions when Dolores, the matriarch’s old-maid sister, sees an apparition of the Virgin Mary on a tortilla, bringing reporters, pilgrims, and much conflict to the household. Perfectly-timed as we all prepare to be around our families for the coming holidays, Our Lady of the Tortilla is farcical on physical and dialogue levels, even as it presents spot-on ruminations on belief, family, love and cultural identity.