America Adjacent

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Reviews: 12

Audience

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You'll laugh while your heart is breaking.

In pursuit of the American Dream, six pregnant Filipina women risk everything. Confined to a one-bedroom, one-bath unit in East Hollywood, the women do their best to overcome fears of jail and deportation so that their children can have a better life. Playwright Boni B. Alvarez examines the promise of U.S. Citizenship asking, “How far would you go to give your child a future?”

Jon Lawrence Rivera directs this world premiere starring an all-Filipina cast: Arianne Villareal, Samantha Valdellon, Evie Abat, Sandy Velasco, Toni Katano, Angela T. Baesa, and Hazel Lozano. Previews begin February 9th; Opening Night February 16th at the Skylight Theatre in Los Feliz

Reviews

Steven Stanley

Aimee, Divina, Janelle May, Paz, Rosheylyn, and Sampaguita may be strangers when you meet then, but don't be surprised to find yourself wishing that the show's touching final fadeout didn't mean having to say “Paalam.” (That's goodbye in Tagalog.) America Adjacent is one to celebrate and remember.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


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The humor reveals the humanity and depth of these characters in ways that draw you close to them no matter how far removed you might feel from their situation.

sweet - Christine Deitner - The Theatre Times - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue

Yes, it decries cruelty and inhumanity--and I hope down to my soul such is not seen as some kind of agenda to stir suspicion--but it offers no solutions, no policies, no proposed legislation, no political candidate. Instead, the play tells human stories, urging us to feel compassion for our fellows.

sweet - David MacDowell - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


Mark Hein

This smart, densely packed new play introduces a group of women who've come to America from the Philippines - not to become citizens, but to give birth to them.
Living with these "birth tourists," who've let themselves be uprooted in order to give their babies a chance, we feel the fears and pains that policies can inflict on individual lives.
But playwright Boni Alvarez, director Jon Lawrence Rivera, and seven top-flight actors never lecture; they let us live, day to day, in this hidden corner of America.

sweet - Mark Hein - Theatre Ghost - ...read full review


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Ultimately, Alvarez lovingly, heartbreakingly and humorously illuminates a story of Filipinos that are seemingly adjacent to America but in the most removed ways. Alvarez challenges America to close the gap.

sweet - Aja Houston - USC Annenberg Media - ...read full review


Shari Barrett

Discussions proliferate about immigration reform, whether it be the building of a wall to protect our border or deporting those who enter our country illegally to milk the system for everything they can get for free thanks to American taxpayer dollars. But while our focus seems to be on our Southern border, what about all of the other people from around the world that manage to come here illegally seeking a better life for themselves or, more importantly, their children? Is there really one correct answer or solution to the problem? Boni B. Alvarez, a Los Angeles-based writer-actor, addresses the question head-on in his compelling world premiere play AMERICA ADJACENT.

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon

Alvarez has another agenda apart from trying to explicate the “anchor baby” phenomenon. “Filipino-Americans constitute the third largest Asian population in the U.S.,” he remarks in a program note, “just behind Chinese-Americans and Indian-Americans, yet Filipino characters are virtually invisible on stages across the country.” His characters all speak with a strong Tagalog accent, and often the Tagalog words that punctuate the dialogue are left untranslated. Perhaps he is aiming to stimulate a newly energized Filipino-American audience for theatre.

sweet-sour - Eric Gordon - People's World - ...read full review


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Humorous and compassionate, America Adjacent is not to be missed. A strong, all-female cast brings these vibrant characters to life…Top Ten! - RECOMMENDED

sweet - Julia Stier - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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Playwright Boni B. Alvarez raises some intriguing questions in his current play, AMERICA ADJACENT... Director Jon Lawrence Rivera manages to make the lives of these six women interesting – and sometimes even gripping. The ensemble cast works well together to help the show come alive.

sweet-sour - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazine - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis

American Adjacent at the Skylight Theatre is an eye opener and a tiny peak into the Filipino immigrant experience and psyche.

sweet-sour - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman

....while America Adjacent may be on track as a group portrait and cultural beacon, it misses the mark as a cogent drama. Some of the story threads are under-developed, even as the more prominent ones are too steeped in melodrama.

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - Capital and Main - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

Under the sensitive direction of Jon Lawrence Rivera, this ensemble is terrific, playing off each other with seamless, boundless energy, filling the stage with pathos and joy. I loved them.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Aimee, Divina, Janelle May, Paz, Rosheylyn, and Sampaguita may be strangers when you meet then, but don't be surprised to find yourself wishing that the show's touching final fadeout didn't mean having to say “Paalam.” (That's goodbye in Tagalog.) America Adjacent is one to celebrate and remember.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Avatar

The humor reveals the humanity and depth of these characters in ways that draw you close to them no matter how far removed you might feel from their situation.

sweet - Christine Deitner - The Theatre Times - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue

Yes, it decries cruelty and inhumanity--and I hope down to my soul such is not seen as some kind of agenda to stir suspicion--but it offers no solutions, no policies, no proposed legislation, no political candidate. Instead, the play tells human stories, urging us to feel compassion for our fellows.

sweet - David MacDowell - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


Mark Hein

This smart, densely packed new play introduces a group of women who've come to America from the Philippines - not to become citizens, but to give birth to them.
Living with these "birth tourists," who've let themselves be uprooted in order to give their babies a chance, we feel the fears and pains that policies can inflict on individual lives.
But playwright Boni Alvarez, director Jon Lawrence Rivera, and seven top-flight actors never lecture; they let us live, day to day, in this hidden corner of America.

sweet - Mark Hein - Theatre Ghost - ...read full review


Avatar

Ultimately, Alvarez lovingly, heartbreakingly and humorously illuminates a story of Filipinos that are seemingly adjacent to America but in the most removed ways. Alvarez challenges America to close the gap.

sweet - Aja Houston - USC Annenberg Media - ...read full review


Shari Barrett

Discussions proliferate about immigration reform, whether it be the building of a wall to protect our border or deporting those who enter our country illegally to milk the system for everything they can get for free thanks to American taxpayer dollars. But while our focus seems to be on our Southern border, what about all of the other people from around the world that manage to come here illegally seeking a better life for themselves or, more importantly, their children? Is there really one correct answer or solution to the problem? Boni B. Alvarez, a Los Angeles-based writer-actor, addresses the question head-on in his compelling world premiere play AMERICA ADJACENT.

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon

Alvarez has another agenda apart from trying to explicate the “anchor baby” phenomenon. “Filipino-Americans constitute the third largest Asian population in the U.S.,” he remarks in a program note, “just behind Chinese-Americans and Indian-Americans, yet Filipino characters are virtually invisible on stages across the country.” His characters all speak with a strong Tagalog accent, and often the Tagalog words that punctuate the dialogue are left untranslated. Perhaps he is aiming to stimulate a newly energized Filipino-American audience for theatre.

sweet-sour - Eric Gordon - People's World - ...read full review


Avatar

Humorous and compassionate, America Adjacent is not to be missed. A strong, all-female cast brings these vibrant characters to life…Top Ten! - RECOMMENDED

sweet - Julia Stier - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Avatar

Playwright Boni B. Alvarez raises some intriguing questions in his current play, AMERICA ADJACENT... Director Jon Lawrence Rivera manages to make the lives of these six women interesting – and sometimes even gripping. The ensemble cast works well together to help the show come alive.

sweet-sour - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazine - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis

American Adjacent at the Skylight Theatre is an eye opener and a tiny peak into the Filipino immigrant experience and psyche.

sweet-sour - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman

....while America Adjacent may be on track as a group portrait and cultural beacon, it misses the mark as a cogent drama. Some of the story threads are under-developed, even as the more prominent ones are too steeped in melodrama.

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - Capital and Main - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

Under the sensitive direction of Jon Lawrence Rivera, this ensemble is terrific, playing off each other with seamless, boundless energy, filling the stage with pathos and joy. I loved them.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review