Borracho: Spanish for Drunken Bum

comedy · q youth foundation · Ages 16+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 25, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: fun · Lively · gay

What I liked

The use of the space is brilliant. The set is aggrandized by the lighting design which creates beautiful vignettes during the performance. A particularly powerful vingette was Will and Shane’s silent moment in the bathroom/bedroom. The relationship building was a pleasure to watch. The way the tension grew while slowly revealing glimpses of these men at the right time was agile. I would like to shout out Pablo Cuen as the cowboy for lighting up the stage with his joy. The ending is the perfect, visually and tonally. The final picture is real, accessible, and somehow cathartic.

What I didn't like

I’m not sure if Alan is a drag queen, a trans woman, or both. I think if she is a trans woman that is a very important detail that changes Miguel’s narrative.

My overall impression

Borracho is a brave show to put on. The subject matter is heavy but the mood is impressively playful and lively. We need more storytelling this genuine, original, and gay.

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