Karen Zacarías’ smart, telenovela-inspired comedy Destiny of Desire dazzles critics and audiences alike!
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“Destiny of Desire [is] a highly entertaining show that is, in essence, a live theatrical version of a telenovela, replete with all of the trademarks of the genre: love, sex, lies, and more tortured twists than you’d find at a Gold’s Gym”
“Zacarias… has written a clever and heartfelt telenovela within a telenovela—it takes a while for all the complications to build, but the plot twists in the last five minutes of the story… are simply fabulous and quite riotously funny… Valenzuela mostly coaxes everyone into the right style—a tricky-to-maintain spot that embraces the over-the-top nature of the drama, but doesn’t look like it is patronizing the form. You know, the form loved by 2 billion.”
“Director José Luis Valenzuela has gathered a cast of uniformly impressive pizzazz who can sing and dance up a storm every bit as well as they can carry off this very particular brand of tragicomedy with zany panache.”
“Zacarias, a prolific writer who has added many fine plays to the Latinx catalogue, writes with wit, humor and immense energy. And while Destiny of Desire, which clocks in at well over two hours… a little binge-watching never hurt anyone.”
“Under the buoyant direction of José Luis Valenzuela, the cast seems to share one goal: to have a good time. The male actors do a wonderful job, notably the deadpan Mauricio Mendoza as Ernesto and Eduardo Enrikez as the scintillating prodigal son Sebastian, but it is the women who drive Destiny of Desire. The two girls born on that fateful stormy night grow into beautiful, strong-willed women: the poetic Pilar Esperanza Castillo, played by the marvelously funny Esperanza America, and the sickly Victoria Maria del Rio, whose sobs and sighs are perfectly portioned out by Ella Saldana North. Ruth Livier seems to be having the time of her life playing Fabiola Castillo, the sexy, scheming second wife that every soap opera needs.”
“We are here to change the social order,” the cast announces in unison at the beginning of the show. “Deal with it!” As a manifesto it seems like a prelude to the cheeky action to follow but upon closer inspection it speaks to the deeper aims of this production, namely: visibility. A deliriously enjoyable, addictively pleasurable show that acknowledges the dominant lens of Western culture by turning it back on itself, Destiny of Desire is an act of subversive trickery deserving of its subject.”