If this review was based solely on the quality of the acting performance, it would earn five stars: Vicky Araico Casas is never less than brilliant, bringing real heartache to her performance as Mexican immigrant Juana, struggling to find her place in London. Something lets this play down though, some combination of the writing, the plot, and the format itself. Of course the audience empathises with Casas’s portrayal of Juana. Of course we disapprove of the unscrupulous employers and sexually abusive men who strive to take advantage of her vulnerability. But her flight from Mexico is unconvincing, perhaps because we are told, not shown, and that undermines the pathos of her predicament.
Pleasance Dome, 4-26 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), 4.15pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Leask]