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Archive for Josefina López


Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Capital & Main

In An Enemy of the Pueblo, playwright Josefina López appropriates the basic construct of Henrik Ibsen’s classic, tosses in a few large dollops of magical realism, and transforms the lead character from a 19th-century Norwegian doctor into a 21st-century Mexican curandera. The result is a stirring adaptation that features a luminous Zilah Mendoza as an earthy, compassionate, albeit flawed, woman of principle.
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Now running through November 12


REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES at the Pasadena Playhouse

Photo by Philicia Endelman

Photo by Philicia Endelman

Margaret Gray – LA Times

No Prince Charming — or any other man, for that matter — appears onstage in the revival of “Real Women Have Curves” at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Nevertheless Josefina López’s crowd-pleasing play is a Cinderella story, with a touchingly pure faith in the power of a makeover.  Read more…

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

Real Women Have Curves, Josefina López’s reflection on the plight of garment workers in Los Angeles, began its life in 1990 at the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco. Based on Lopez’s experiences becoming a legal U.S. resident, the play was adapted into a Sundance Award-winning film in 2002. Now, to mark its 25th anniversary, López has updated her original play for modern times at Pasadena Playhouse.  Read more..    

Now running through Oct 4.

A CAT NAMED MERCY at Casa 0101


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Margaret Gray – LA Times

“A Cat Named Mercy,” a new play by Josefina López (“Real Women Have Curves”) premiering at Casa 0101 Theater, is full of reformist passion but feels underbaked. Perhaps it was rushed into production to capitalize on the Obamacare controversy. A cautionary tale about U.S. health insurance, “Cat” has the fervor and subtlety of an Affordable Care Act public service message. Read more…

Now running through February 23.

Hungry Woman at Casa 0101

David C. Nichols – L.A. Times

“This is either the longest suicide note in history, or the juiciest, dirtiest, most delicious confession you’ll ever hear,” begins “Hungry Woman” at Casa 0101. Food, family and post-feminist freedom are the chief thematic ingredients in playwright Josefina López’s witty, compelling fantasia, and though still refining, it’s perhaps her richest work yet.   Read more…








Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Adapted from her novel Hungry Woman in Paris, Josefina López’s play gives voice to Latina women under siege by their culture. Depressed and dissatisfied, Canela (Rachel González), at 29, is being pressured by her family to marry and have kids. When her lifelong gal-pal kills herself, Canela flees to Paris, searching for self-fulfillment and abandoning her career as a journalist to study cooking at a frou-frou culinary arts school.
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