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El Ultimo Coconut

solo performance · gerald alejandro ford solo show · Ages 15+ · flashing lights · one person show · United States of America

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Review by DAVID FLORES

June 15, 2014
IMPORTANT NOTE: We cannot certify this reviewer attended a performances of this show because no ticket was purchased through this website or the producer has not verified they attended.

My overall impression

What makes ‘El Ultimo Coconut’ great is it comes from a real place. Very honest, very funny and like the various characters that he so effortlessly weaves in and out of, Gerald also manages to pack on real complexities. At the surface, it’s a story about a young man trying to find his identity and follow his dream. But it’s also about family and race relations and racial stereotypes and racial segregation and breaking bad family chains, rising above to be better than what people expect of you. But none of it feels heavy-handed. It’s all done through comedy and you’re laughing along the entire time without ever realizing the deeper meaning the story is giving you.

Superbly acted, funny as hell and characters that ring true, not only for people of Hispanic heritage, but for everyone that can attest to the feeling of following your dream and breaking away from the expectations that family or society gives you.

In short, an hour well worth spent. Check it out, check it out.

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