Cecilia Ferreyra takes viewers on a visually stunning journey through Cuban history.
Aubrianna Snow: BTR Writer and Taker of No Guff
Mi Habana Querida brings a bit of Cuban flare to the Fringe stage with striking costumes, dance numbers, and a spicy love story.
To put it plainly, Leo Gonzalez shines as Pablo. His talent for dancing is evident from the beginning and continues throughout the show. Pablo’s solo dance numbers are some of the production’s most memorable moments as well is the incorporation of historical material from the Cuban Revolution. Not only does it contribute to the story line, it adds a splendid angle with the use of multimedia as the audience is left wanting more of the love story between Tiffany and Pablo.
The final dance number is one of the most eye-popping scenes of the production and calls to mind the final numbers in Dirty Dancing and other 80’s films. The chemistry between Gonzalez as Pablo and Amalía Cameron as Tiffany is most strongly felt towards the end of the production.
Gonzalez also portrays convincing brotherly banter with the character of Óscar, played by Raydel Martinez Portuondo. The character of Madrina, brought to life by Cecilia Ferreyra, exudes a warm, matronly energy, and has some of the best wardrobe and lines in the show.
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of Mi Habana Querida is its visual allure. The costumes are truly stunning and do a lot to showcase the diverse Cuban culture for those viewers who may be unaware of the country’s history. The performers make use of a simple set to draw the audience’s attention to the story, and to the other visual elements which make this production one worth seeing.
This production brings together a number of creative elements to take its audience on a journey through revolution-era Cuba and also manages to tell a compelling tale of an international love that thrives against all odds. This captivating dive into Cuba’s history is fun fare for any festival-goer looking to make a full-hearted historical escape.
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