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Leave your attitude at the door. Culture Clash has more than enough
to go around. This time the venerable (22 year-old) performance group -- aka Richard
Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza -- rides boldly out of the
Peopled by over-the-top characters like the 200 year old woman who has slept her way around literary history (Lockwood), Don Ringo, the worlds first Chicano (Siguenza), and Kyle the Talking Bear (Salinas), as well as Homeland Security agents, Wild West desperados, exploited native Americans, worshipful little boys raised on Guy Williams portrayal of the hero on television and more than one tyrannical governor, Zorro in Hell careens through the past two centuries, skewering just about everything from romance (both gay and straight) to Hispanic pride on the point of its satiric sword. If there is a serious side to all this foolery (and there is) it is the question of land grabbing and eminent domain, no less a problem in our own time than it was when the state was young. Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone has directed at a breakneck pace, which is the only way such slapstick silliness can go down smoothly.
Clever and liberal use is made of film footage, from clips of our own Gubernator to re-enactments of the old Zorro films. After all, what would a show about
Its all hilarious, very well done and highly political, which is perfect for
Berkeley,CA, March 22, 2006 - Suzanne Weiss