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THE BUZZ: 10 Reasons Why American Mariachi is the Show to See

(from left) Doreen Montalvo, Bobby Plasencia, and Jennifer Paredes in American Mariachi, written by José Cruz González, directed by James Vásquez, in association with Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, running March 23 – April 29, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.


Article by Miguel Gongora Jr.

Top ten reasons why American Mariachi at the Old Globe was the show to see this week:

  • The show is visually stunning. From the acting to the lighting, sound, and costume design, there is an elegant beauty in the way each element is in perfect pitch with each other.
  • Scenic Designer, Regina Garcia deserves her own mention. My highest praise for delighting us with the dream-inspired portrait she creates on stage.
  • The story is poetically framed through the journey of trailblazing mujeres who founded the first-ever all-women-mariachi. Who wouldn’t be down to see women kicking some patriarchal butt?!
  • Experience for yourself why the directorial vision of James Vasquez is one of San Diego’s greatest cultural resources.
  • You can use the themes of memory, love, and loss as a platform to share something about yourself or ask something you’ve always wanted to know about your date.
  • “Born from the ashes of la conquista, mariachi music is memory…it gives fuel to life.” Playwright José Cruz González has woven a poetic narrative that is both deeply personal and universal in scope.
  • Learn something new about the history and place of mariachi music for what will soon be the largest minority in the U.S.A.
  • After you see this show, you will understand why mariachi music is the spiritual anthem of Mexicans – anywhere.
  • Transformation comes from taking ourselves out of our comfort zone and listening to yourself and others. It was inspiring to see diversity in the audience. Dare yourself to be moved and go see this show.
  • It closes April 29.

SINGLE TICKETS to American Mariachi start at $30.00. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623], or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, military members, and groups of 10 or more.

Performances began on March 23, 2018, and continue through April 29, 2018. Performance times: Previews: Friday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 24 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. Opening night is Thursday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. Regular performances (March 30 – April 29): Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Presented in association with Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company.
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