For one more week, the Pasadena Playhouse is presenting Culture Clash, as the Chicano comedy troupe revisits their hit Bordertown of twenty years ago, this time entitled Bordertown Now. Culture Clash is Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Sigüenza, joined for this show by Sabina Zúñiga Varela, all directed by Diane Rodriguez.
In this production, the political satire team returns to the southern border to investigate the current state of affairs. Bordertown Now is an irreverent look at the people at the center of the controversial immigration issue, infused with the team’s trademark satirical approach. While immigration from Mexico is the main topic, the show also discusses the circumstances that created the infamous MS13 gang, as well as Black-Latino interactions in the U.S.
The dialogue is based partly on actual conversations that the artists had with people who live near the U.S.-Mexico border. Therefore, it sheds light on different perspectives – on how folks feel affected by immigration from their particular points of view. There are characters that represent those who want, or need, to cross the border into the U.S., as well as those who are willing to volunteer their time to keep them out.
The dialogue is often clever, sometimes hilarious, and all of it rings true – this is the stuff we all hear in the news every day, and the conversation that has been at the forefront during the Trump administration. But this is a political show, so know that unless your political opinions align perfectly with those of the artists, some of the jokes may be hard to swallow. The material is delivered raw, without much sugar coating, intending a reaction.
No solutions are proposed. The goal is to give you some truths and send you home to think about them. About this, Culture Clash said, “It’s important for Americans to sit in a room and hear the points of view of other human beings. It’s harder to be mad at somebody when you are face to face having a conversation with them. This is how we create empathy and hopefully change.”
Tickets start at $25 and are available at pasadenaplayhouse.org. The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 S. El Molino Ave, Pasadena CA 91101.
Photo: Left to right: Richard Montoya, Herbert Sigüenza, Ricardo Salinas / Courtesy of Culture Clash
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