What Audiences Are Saying About Becoming Cuba!

by:  Thom Dunn at 04/10/2014

Audiences are feeling that sweet Havana hot emanating from the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA! Some of them have already let us know how much they loved the show, either online or on camera. You can see them for yourself in the video and comments below — and if you have your own thoughts to share, we'd love to hear them! Leave your comments down below.

Tell Us What You Think!


"LOVE it! Still thinking about it. So happy to have Melinda Lopez in our midst!— Jean Holmblad, via Facebook
"I saw the play last Sunday and was carried back to my roots (born in Cuba) and its independence heroes: Antonio Maceo, Jose Marti, Maximo Gomez. It is masterfully written and the acting is superb. I loved Martina, the sister of the main character, Adela. She steals the show!! Highly recommend it."— Alberto Calvo, via Facebook
"Very moving! The play is still relevant today because it shows a person’s thought process in making difficult decision such as how to make a living, how to deal with corruption, how honor and know when to let go old duties."— Hsiu Chang, via Facebook
"Wow, _Becoming Cuba_ at the Huntington was really excellent. Best play I've seen there."— @ScottMadin
"Really enjoyed #becomingcuba at @huntington! 'Blood will have blood.' I recommend it to anyone in #Boston."— @DarielSuarez1
"@huntington a beautiful production of Melinda Lopez's ambitious play #BecomingCuba. Bravo!"— @Dahlface33
"Melinda Lopez does it again! Get your tickets to #BecomingCuba @huntington to see this beautiful play. Mazal tov to the cast & crew."— @gbenaharon
"Just saw the @huntington's 'Becoming Cuba' by Melinda Lopez. Brilliant play! If you can catch it, I highly recommend you do so."— @ChelaBK
"Last night I saw Becoming Cuba and it was just incredible.In two hours I went through a whole range of emotions and that's why I love theatre. #huntington #theatre #incredible"— @KeatyKat via Instagram


  1. I thought the acting was very good. Talented group. The story was hard to follow.
  2. I just returned from Cuba on December 15th. They do not want American money. DO NOT BRING IT. You will need to eacxhnge your money into Convertible Cuban Pesos. If you eacxhnge American, you will be charged 10% of what you are exchanging. There is no surcharge for converting Canadian to Pesos. The Cuban Peso is about 8% higher than the American dollar. For $100.00 Cdn, which we eacxhnged at the hotel, we received 77.00 Convertible Cuban Pesos. Remember to get a lot of single pesos as you will need to use this as tips. Even though it is all inclusive, you will still want to tip for good service. Especially your maid. If you have any extra tip the gardener as well as the beach workers, etc. They don't get tips and they would be more than grateful.To leave Cuba, each person will have to pay 25.00 Convertible Pesos. They only except convertible pesos, no Canadian, no American and no plastic. Put this aside at the beginning of your trip in your room safe and you will have no problems leaving the country!Have a great trip!
  3. As a planner I have sitefd through all the [toxic] waffle in these postings and have distilled it down to the following -1. You want to be involved early (more than happy to do this and I try do so as much as possible)2. You want us to keep it simple (I'm personally too thick to make it complicated anyway)3. You don't want us to state the bloody obvious (I am too busy to waste my time doing that)4. You want us to have an open mind (if you produce something really cool then I am more than happy to)5. You want us to post-rationalise (Again, if you make something awesome I would be delighted to)However, it also seems that many of you want us dead.Happy Easter http://jarshkzp.com [url=http://woyxaffw.com]woyxaffw[/url] [link=http://vficuyfic.com]vficuyfic[/link]
  4. is, I've worked with some very smart plnreans that I would happily work with again as people. It's just the role of planning as it is in contemporary advertising I see as unhelpful. That job should be done by combination of smart account director and smart creative getting in on the problem early. It simplifies the problem solving process and puts creative back at the centre of it.A couple of the smart plnreans Ive worked with would make great account directors and a couple decent creatives.Rather than "hiding online", or "finding your Head of Planning and tell them why" as you suggested, I instead set up a small agency with some good friends, where we've worked exactly in this way successfully for the last 3 years.It's nice.
  5. Cubemate, I'm afaid I'm with 4:46 - and I haven't worked in awful aigecnes and I'm not a soulless hack'.I do agree with a lot of what you say though it's just that interrogating the client's business and problem could and should be done by smart account people, and the creatives should be brought in earlier in that process.Creatives and creative directors are responsible for a lot of the great planning' that goes on in advertising, that has always been the case. Allowing the creatives to get in on the problem early and work with the account team to find some interesting angles is a simple and bullshit-free way of working. What you can planning' I just call smart advertising thinking, that should be done by smart account directors with insight from creatives.I think it's the separating out of this task into the separate role of planning' that has had a detrimental effect on advertising overall.Planning as a separate role in the advertising process only has a place in a model of the ad business where account people are just seen a bag carriers, and creatives as caged monkeys (or children LOL) let loose to do a bit of finger painting at the end. Account planning' as a separate role tends to over intellectualise and over complicate this part of the job, and go too far towards the solution, and attempt to exert ownership over the problem and the direction for the solution. This leaves little room for the unexpected or the category-busting idea.Yes, good advertising does get done in spite of the presence of planning in the modern ad business. But without planning - account directors given back responsibility for business side of the problem, and creatives encouraged to get involved at that stage advertising can get its real sparkle and crackle back.It's not a coincidence that the vast majority of historical work that we hold up as great has been arrived through this simple way of working.
  6. I just hope whoveer writes these keeps writing more!

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