Culture Clash in Americca

In a retreat from their starkly political works, Water & Power and Chavez Ravine, the Clash are back with lighter but no less important fare. Their fast-moving sketch-comedy skewers and celebrates America’s multiple cultures, while ultimately proving, without irony, that we are all one, as in “E Pluribus Unum.” Whether enacting a married Cuban-Nordic couple from Miami, a lesbian pair from the Bay area or a day laborer looking for work at the Home Depot, Richard Montoya, Herbert Siguenza and Ric Salinas deliver hilarious comedy without ever disparaging the humanity of their characters. Their subjects are created in three dimensions. This outing is a delightful riff on the disparate individuals and communities that make America such a fascinating place. They point out, interestingly and perhaps accurately, that it is only those born in the USA who have a negative take on the nation. Every non-native in this swirling evening longs to become a legal part of the legendary freedom and opportunity that the Constitution and American folklore promises. The humor is intense and never cynical in this piece devised to focus on Orange County, with the gentle and generous direction of David Emmes. Tuesdays-Sundays, 7:45 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: March 21. Continues through April 6, 2008

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