Sirena, Queen of the Tango, who made her first appearance in Obie winner Guillermo Reyes' Deporting the Divas, is back, driving men wild with her — or, actually his — passionate dance. Matthew Martin (Christmas With the Crawfords) plays the diva who really is a man under those gorgeous gowns.
Sirena plays Sept. 6-Oct. 6 at the Theatre Rhinoceros in San Francisco. Hector Correa directs.
The comedy, taking liberties with both film noir and the traditional hispanic soap opera (telenovela), pits the mistress of the tango against a beefy cop, who finds his manhood threatened by a woman who is not what she appears to be. As he investigates the deaths of her many husbands, he discovers her secret and falls in love with her anyway.
Reyes received two L.A. Ovation Awards for Men on the Verge of a His Panic Breakdown. Other credits include Miss Consuelo, Chilean Holiday, Mother Lolita and A Southern Christmas.
Joining Martin in the cast are Steven Bass, Jennifer Fagundes, Yvonne Price, John Michael Beck and Javier Galito-Cava. Zory Karah, director of the San Francisco Academy of Ballet, choreographed the elaborate tango numbers. The design team features Emily Jan (sets), Michael Berg (lighting), Jean Fredrickson (costumes) and John. F. Karr (sound).
Tickets are $16-$20. Theatre Rhinoceros is located at 2926 16th Street. For reservations, call (415) 861-5079.
-- By Christine Ehren