‘Jose Can Speak’ tries to break down stereotypes

By on October 17, 2006

Only four actresses performed “Jose Can Speak,” an off-Broadway play meant to be a male version of Yo Soy Latina, in Buckman Theater October 10 to an intimate audience of 30.

The play, which was written and directed by Linda Nieves-Powell and is put on by Latino Flavored Productions, starred an all-female cast which performed as men to break down stereotypes of the Hispanic community.

The play, brought to Quinnipiac by the Latino Cultural Society, combines comical and serious subjects, ranging from a male who cannot commit to a relationship; a father yearning for a better life, but ends up costing him in the end; and a guy everyone tries to avoid in the club, who attempts to dance with every girl he sees.

One of the main characters is a outlandish gay male whose best friend is Luis. Of course, his parents are skeptical about this “best friend” to the point that his father gives an ultimatum: either never return to the house or leave Luis. He is torn between whether he should make himself or his family happy so please everyone, he decides to get married to a woman, and keep Luis on the side.

The next skit features Vinnie, a Puerto Rican from Bensonhurst. Vinnie lies to his fianc


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