Faith: Part One of a Mexican Trilogy

This is the final installment of Evelina Fernandez's epic trilogy chronicling the Mexican-American immigrant experience. A World War II Arizona mining town is home to Esperanza (Lucy Rodriguez), Silvestre (Sal Lopez) and their daughters, Faith (Esperanza America), Charity (Alexis de la Rocha) and Elena (Olivia Delgado). The girls are a charming but disparate bunch: Faith is steely and rebellious, Charity is a starry-eyed sentimentalist and Elena is an often annoying busybody. Esperanza's love and concern for her daughters is rooted in old-school values and virtue, but trouble emerges when young men come calling (Xavi Moreno, Matias Ponce) and Faith's talents as a singer attract the attention of a record producer (Geoffrey Rivas). Notwithstanding its slightly overwritten script and transparent plot turns, Fernandez's play offers an engaging and upbeat take on the surprises and opportunities life can spin your way, and of the importance of heritage -- of never forgetting where you came from. Performances, including some outstanding vocals, are top-notch under Jose Luis Valenzuela's direction, while Cameron Mock's withered, latticework scenic design functions as an eerie yet fitting backdrop. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., dwntwn.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; through Nov. 11. (866) 811-4111,
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Oct. 19. Continues through Nov. 18, 2012


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