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Review: ‘Bad Hombres/Good Wives’ is an inspired stream of renegade humor at San Diego Rep

Review: ‘Bad Hombres/Good Wives’ is an inspired stream of renegade humor at San Diego Rep

During the danger of sounding flip — which wouldn’t do justice to a winningly bonkers comedy which took its female-empowerment themes seriously — “Bad Hombres/Good Wives” may just encourage both a hashtag and a theatrical genre: #MeTuba.

The blurts of a sousaphone serve as both musical accompaniment and sly comic commentary on the deliriously antic action in the San Diego Rep world premiere of Herbert Sigьenza’s Moliиre-goes-modern mashup.

While the man whom plays it while he roves all over stage — the tubaist that is talented Kuicho Rodriguez — becomes something similar to a wordlessly wry Greek chorus (in the event that ancient Greeks had gotten around to developing marching bands).

It’s the sort of anything-goes gambit that frequently animates performs by Sigьenza, the Rep resident playwright (and co-founder associated with the pioneering Chicano troupe tradition Clash) whom really loves placing classics by way of a pop-culture Mixmaster.

However with “Bad Hombres” — built around Moliиre’s “School for Wives,” about a chauvinistic goat mail order bride that is old to groom the most wonderful, subservient wife — the playwright has brought his singularly eccentric sensibilities to fresh creative levels.

So that as directed with a yen for the kinetic by Rep creative chief Sam Woodhouse, the play has its females not merely switching the tables but flipping them together with some hapless men’s minds, amid the ultra-macho milieu of Mexican medication cartels during the early 1990s.

Sigьenza’s story ( which he’s called being #MeToo-inspired) keeps the bare bones of Moliиre’s satire, even in the event the setting is only a little various: It’s a brutal and drug that is arrogant called Don Ernesto (played by the consummate pro John Padilla) getting set to marry young Eva (a sharp and deceptively delicate Yvette Angulo), that has been sequestered in a convent for many years. Read More