January 23, 2017: x — I spent a significant portion of Tell Hector I Miss Him, a new play by Paola Lázaro that opened on Monday at the Atlantic Theater Company’s second stage, waiting for the title character to arrive. Spoiler alert: Like a certain figure in a seminal modern drama by Samuel Beckett, he never does. This would not be a notable problem had Ms. Lázaro’s play compelled rapt attention. But while it is populated by some sharply drawn characters dangling eccentricities and pathologies (addiction foremost among them), and features some passages of biting humor, this darkish comedy-drama lacks focus and narrative drive. I waited in vain, not just for Hector’s hopefully galvanizing arrival, but for the dozen characters’ lives to connect in meaningful ways.READ THE REVIEW
Tell Hector I Miss Him OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS
- Opening Night:
- January 11, 2017
- February 19, 2017
Theater: Atlantic Stage Two / 330 West 16th St., New York, New York, 10011Synopsis:BUY TICKETS BUY GROUP TICKETS
You’re in Puerto Rico. Old San Juan. You’re a tourist, you walk down the stairs of this beautiful old fort built by the Spaniards. When you reach the bottom, you realize you’re in a hole. Welcome to the basement that lies under the tourism and behind the fort walls. You spend some days there, you don’t want to leave. Oh no, you’re addicted. Tell Hector I Miss Him unmasks a community built on the law of respect that keeps getting washed away but refuses to drown.
Atlantic is thrilled to premiere Paola Lázaro’s vibrant, compelling play and introduce this bold new voice to audiences. She is Atlantic’s 2016|2017 Tow Playwright-in-Residence, supported generously by The Tow Foundation.
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Tell Hector I Miss Him