What Do Critics Think of John Leguizamo’s New Solo Show?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of John Leguizamo’s New Solo Show? Latin History for Morons makes its New York debut at the Public Theater Off-Broadway.
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John Leguizamo, whose acclaimed solo shows include Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, and Freak, returns to the stage with his newest monologue play: John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons. The satirical solo show is created and performed by the Emmy winner, inspired by his observation that Latinos were often overlooked in the teaching of American history.

The New York premiere began performances February 24 at the Public Theater and officially opened March 27. The limited Off-Broadway engagement is directed by Tony Taccone, and is scheduled to play through April 23.

The show traces the marginalization of Latinos in U.S. history and the vital roles they played—from a satirical recap of Aztec and Incan history to stories of Latin patriots in the Revolutionary and Civil War and beyond.

“Just imagine you’re a white kid and all of a sudden everybody’s Latin and everything they’re teaching you is Latin and you don’t hear anything about yourself or about your contributions,” explained Leguizamo in an earlier press statement from the Public. “And it’s really weird and unfair because we had huge contributions.”

Read what critics had to say about the play:

Entertainment Weekly (Allison Adato)
The Hollywood Reporter (Frank Scheck)
NBC New York (Robert Kahn)
The New York Times (Ben Brantley)
New York Magazine (Jesse Green)
Newsday (Linda Winer)
NJ.com (Christopher Kelly)
Variety (Frank Rizzo)
Washington Post (Peter Marks)
The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

Scroll through production photos and take a sneak peek at the show below:

John Leguizamo: Latin History for Morons is a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre. For tickets and more information visit publictheater.org.

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