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A bilingual, humorous journey in search of what it means to be “American.” Two baseball players from Sinaloa, Mexico arrive in the U.S. with big dreams... but no documents. Armed with their Tia's famous salsa recipe, the pair works day and night to make their taco truck the “Uncle Sam” of mobile restaurants. Will a contest to be “the most American food truck” at Dodger Stadium for the 4th of July prove to Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they belong? For adults and kids 8 and up. April 7 through June 10: Saturdays at 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.; 24th Street Theatre, 1117 West 24th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007; $10-$24; 213-745-6516 or go to www.24thstreet.org

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"Playwright Leon Martell weaves humor, pathos, and danger into a story that operates on two levels. It's a gentle fable for kids about baseball and friendship as well as a thought-provoking commentary for adults about personal integrity, government ethics, and the clashes that can arise between them."

sweet - Bill Garry - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


"A very positive and upbeat look at an extremely heavy topic (immigration injustice in the US) that is tremendously entertaining from start to finish."

sweet - Walter Santucci


Leigh Kennicott
"Leon Martell's portrait of two cousins in 24th Street Theatre's ICE provides a distanced view of immigration, setting the play in 1988. Chepe (Jesús Castaños-Chima) lures Nacho (Tony Durán), to Los Angeles, under the impression that it is the land of milk and honey. Instead, in their interactions with Americans they learn disturbing lessons about the home population. Artistic Director Debbie Devine meticulously brings the story to life through combinations of lighting, video, sound and music."

sweet - Leigh Kennicott - ShowMag.com - ...read full review


"Performers Jesús Castaños-Chima and Tony Durán — so memorable in 24th Street Theatre's superb production of “La Razón Blindada” — give their all, in playwright Leon Martell's “ICE.” Director Debbie Devine pulls out all the stops as well. And while this production is well-acted and beautifully staged, “All the King's horses and all the King's men” can't lift the play itself much above middling."

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"Although not all of the comedy clicks, Martell's story has both weight and charm. The production's overriding plus is its successful rendering, fashioned with humor and craft, of the difficulties immigrants face."

sweet - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"[Chepe's] journey is mirrored in a single song, "The Wind" by Cat Stevens. It winds its way throughout the play, first in short haunting snippets on acoustic guitar and, later, in a full version played and sung live by Davitt Felder, who sounds so much like the artist that it will make you long for the days when you, too, were a seeker. On the surface, it may seem an unusual choice for a play about a Mexican who loves baseball and is trying to make a better life for himself in America but it encapsulates the protagonist's odyssey succinctly. He follows a dream. He loses his way. He learns a lesson. It's the kind of story 24th STreet Theatre tells so well."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


"It is enjoyable and touching and definitely a play that our immigrant community in Los Angeles will enjoy."

sweet - Dena Burroughs, The Fume of Sighs - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"24th Street Theatre tries to straddle some fine lines in making its points accessible to all audiences, young and old, English- and Spanish-speaking, and in that is it largely successful. In the last play I saw by this company, La razón blindada, the featured performers were also the wondrously capable Jesús Castaños-Chima and Tony Durán playing imprisoned Don Quixote- and Sancho Panza-acting characters. That play was advertised as for teens and adults 14+. ICE is promoted for adults and kids 8+, and the more naïve content is evident. Younger audiences will especially enjoy Nacho's juggling with tomatoes (kids, don't try this at home!), the pantomime baseball plays in the shadow of Dodger Stadium, and the troca's insistent messaging (done with projections) that guides Chepe and Nacho toward a future neither anticipated. Mature theatergoers will perhaps entertain other questions: Does Mexico need to be so idealized by way of contrast to the U.S.? And does the U.S. have to be such a consistently ugly place? What forces in these two men's lives propelled them to risk such an uncertain and dangerous life in the States? And, dramatically speaking, why does that kindly priest need to disappear from the story? Not to mention, what made Tía Teresa's salsa recipe so special? It can't only have been the Sinaloa tomatoes."

sweet - Eric A Gordon - ...read full review


"Directed by Debbie Devine, ICE and The 24th Street Theatre continue to not only present theatre that generously reflects their neighborhood, catering to the locals with outreach to the community they succeed in their in search for harmony with educational projects and after this particular show an ice cream treat! "

sweet - Michael Sheehan - On Stage Los Angeles - ...read full review


"With this new play, 24th Street Theatre continues to be a leader in theatre for young audiences, and to provide its neighborhood with excellent empathic works."

sweet - Sam Cavalcanti - USC Annenberg Media - ...read full review


"The performances are entrancing, and the set is clever and fun. Brilliantly, there's a space on the stage where subtitles are displayed for the audience, so the cast can move seamlessly from Spanish to English allowing them to genuinely be the characters they are portraying."

sweet - Angela M. Cantoni - ...read full review


"Debbie Devine directs, setting up a clearly visible world with minimal fuss. Castaños-Chima seems to dance his role, acting with highly expressive physicality. Duran provides all the emotionality needed on this stage, letting us see through to the core of the angelic Nacho."

sweet - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


"So too many questions and loose ends remain. BUT. There is a charming fairy tale in there somewhere, struggling to get out. I'm sure of it."

sweet-sour - Sylvie Drake - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


"This production touched my heart because not only did it represent Los Angeles and its interwoven Mexican culture which has existed since the beginning of the state (so many examples throughout the play, some of which I missed but were explained to me by my friend who attended with me, whose family is Mexican and has experienced many of the situations in the play) , but it also made the case for immigration reform and granting respect, equality, and the chance to achieve American success to those who have more recently immigrated here."

sweet - Carol Edger-Germain - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


"Director Debbie Devine makes masterful use of the space and tells the story in an imaginative and poignant way. The variety of multimedia, designed by the innovative Matthew G. Hill, elevates an already excellent production... ICE is a beautiful blend of the Spanish and English languages, an ode to our Los Angelean way of life that is proudly, inextricably intertwined with Mexican culture. - RECOMMENDED "

sweet - Dana Martin - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"I'm all for complicated theater for kids and adults but I'm not sure "ICE" has really found its own language."

sour - Anthony Byrnes - KCRW - ...read full review


"Playwright Leon Martell weaves humor, pathos, and danger into a story that operates on two levels. It's a gentle fable for kids about baseball and friendship as well as a thought-provoking commentary for adults about personal integrity, government ethics, and the clashes that can arise between them."

sweet - Bill Garry - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


Leigh Kennicott
"Leon Martell's portrait of two cousins in 24th Street Theatre's ICE provides a distanced view of immigration, setting the play in 1988. Chepe (Jesús Castaños-Chima) lures Nacho (Tony Durán), to Los Angeles, under the impression that it is the land of milk and honey. Instead, in their interactions with Americans they learn disturbing lessons about the home population. Artistic Director Debbie Devine meticulously brings the story to life through combinations of lighting, video, sound and music."

sweet - Leigh Kennicott - ShowMag.com - ...read full review


"Performers Jesús Castaños-Chima and Tony Durán — so memorable in 24th Street Theatre's superb production of “La Razón Blindada” — give their all, in playwright Leon Martell's “ICE.” Director Debbie Devine pulls out all the stops as well. And while this production is well-acted and beautifully staged, “All the King's horses and all the King's men” can't lift the play itself much above middling."

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"Although not all of the comedy clicks, Martell's story has both weight and charm. The production's overriding plus is its successful rendering, fashioned with humor and craft, of the difficulties immigrants face."

sweet - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"[Chepe's] journey is mirrored in a single song, "The Wind" by Cat Stevens. It winds its way throughout the play, first in short haunting snippets on acoustic guitar and, later, in a full version played and sung live by Davitt Felder, who sounds so much like the artist that it will make you long for the days when you, too, were a seeker. On the surface, it may seem an unusual choice for a play about a Mexican who loves baseball and is trying to make a better life for himself in America but it encapsulates the protagonist's odyssey succinctly. He follows a dream. He loses his way. He learns a lesson. It's the kind of story 24th STreet Theatre tells so well."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


"It is enjoyable and touching and definitely a play that our immigrant community in Los Angeles will enjoy."

sweet - Dena Burroughs, The Fume of Sighs - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"24th Street Theatre tries to straddle some fine lines in making its points accessible to all audiences, young and old, English- and Spanish-speaking, and in that is it largely successful. In the last play I saw by this company, La razón blindada, the featured performers were also the wondrously capable Jesús Castaños-Chima and Tony Durán playing imprisoned Don Quixote- and Sancho Panza-acting characters. That play was advertised as for teens and adults 14+. ICE is promoted for adults and kids 8+, and the more naïve content is evident. Younger audiences will especially enjoy Nacho's juggling with tomatoes (kids, don't try this at home!), the pantomime baseball plays in the shadow of Dodger Stadium, and the troca's insistent messaging (done with projections) that guides Chepe and Nacho toward a future neither anticipated. Mature theatergoers will perhaps entertain other questions: Does Mexico need to be so idealized by way of contrast to the U.S.? And does the U.S. have to be such a consistently ugly place? What forces in these two men's lives propelled them to risk such an uncertain and dangerous life in the States? And, dramatically speaking, why does that kindly priest need to disappear from the story? Not to mention, what made Tía Teresa's salsa recipe so special? It can't only have been the Sinaloa tomatoes."

sweet - Eric A Gordon - ...read full review


"Directed by Debbie Devine, ICE and The 24th Street Theatre continue to not only present theatre that generously reflects their neighborhood, catering to the locals with outreach to the community they succeed in their in search for harmony with educational projects and after this particular show an ice cream treat! "

sweet - Michael Sheehan - On Stage Los Angeles - ...read full review


"With this new play, 24th Street Theatre continues to be a leader in theatre for young audiences, and to provide its neighborhood with excellent empathic works."

sweet - Sam Cavalcanti - USC Annenberg Media - ...read full review


"The performances are entrancing, and the set is clever and fun. Brilliantly, there's a space on the stage where subtitles are displayed for the audience, so the cast can move seamlessly from Spanish to English allowing them to genuinely be the characters they are portraying."

sweet - Angela M. Cantoni - ...read full review


"Debbie Devine directs, setting up a clearly visible world with minimal fuss. Castaños-Chima seems to dance his role, acting with highly expressive physicality. Duran provides all the emotionality needed on this stage, letting us see through to the core of the angelic Nacho."

sweet - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


"So too many questions and loose ends remain. BUT. There is a charming fairy tale in there somewhere, struggling to get out. I'm sure of it."

sweet-sour - Sylvie Drake - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


"This production touched my heart because not only did it represent Los Angeles and its interwoven Mexican culture which has existed since the beginning of the state (so many examples throughout the play, some of which I missed but were explained to me by my friend who attended with me, whose family is Mexican and has experienced many of the situations in the play) , but it also made the case for immigration reform and granting respect, equality, and the chance to achieve American success to those who have more recently immigrated here."

sweet - Carol Edger-Germain - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


"Director Debbie Devine makes masterful use of the space and tells the story in an imaginative and poignant way. The variety of multimedia, designed by the innovative Matthew G. Hill, elevates an already excellent production... ICE is a beautiful blend of the Spanish and English languages, an ode to our Los Angelean way of life that is proudly, inextricably intertwined with Mexican culture. - RECOMMENDED "

sweet - Dana Martin - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"I'm all for complicated theater for kids and adults but I'm not sure "ICE" has really found its own language."

sour - Anthony Byrnes - KCRW - ...read full review


"A very positive and upbeat look at an extremely heavy topic (immigration injustice in the US) that is tremendously entertaining from start to finish."

sweet - Walter Santucci