Culture Clash, perhaps the most famous Chicano/Latino comedy act in the U.S., now brings Radio Mambo: Culture Clash Invades Miami pretty far north: to Seattle Repertory Theatre, April 14-May 23, officially opening April 19. The trio -- Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas and Herbert Siguenza -- has become widely known for their witty vaudeville-style comedy. Radio Mambo, based on more than 70 interviews with an eclectic group of Miami residents, has been produced in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, where a reviewer in the LA Weekly wrote "...[the show] demonstrates that this tropical metropolis is not just the city of Cuban emigres and elderly Jews, but is also the home of vibrant African American, Haitian, Caribbean and gay populations..."
The show received three L.A. Ovation Award nominations for its run and a Bessie Award from Dance Theatre Workshop in New York for its off Broadway run.
Other pieces by the 15-year-old Culture Clash have included The Mission, A Bowl of Beings and an adaptation of Aristophanes' The Birds.
Radio Mambo: Culture Clash Invades Miami plays at Seattle Repertory's Leo Kreielsheimer Theatre April 14-May 23.Then, June 11-July 11, the troupe will celebrate its 15th anniversary by bringing a different show, Culture Clash in Bordertown to Los Angeles.
For tickets and information to the Seattle engagement, call (206) 443-2222.
-- By David Lefkowitz and Blair Glaser