by Melinda Lopez
Directed by M. Bevin O'Gara
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
On the eve of the Spanish-American war, widowed Adela runs a pharmacy, indifferent to the mounting conflict around her. But when her brother returns from the devastated countryside looking for medicine, and a charming American reporter stumbles into the shop, the rebellion comes home to Havana, and Adela, a loyal Spaniard, is forced to choose between country and family. By turns funny and impassioned, Becoming Cuba asks, is freedom something we all want? Playwright Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew) captures the potent contradictions of a fledgling nation on the verge of becoming itself.