Eighth Ave. con­ges­tion: Port Au­thor­ity Throw Down

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

Teatro Paraguas, a lo­cal the­ater com­pany founded in 2004, usu­ally presents plays writ­ten by con­tem­po­rary His­panic and Latino play­wrights and other works that are rel­e­vant to the North­ern New Mex­ico and the South­west bor­der re­gion. With Port Au­thor­ity Throw

Down, writ­ten by Mike Bati­stick and di­rected by Rick Var­gas, that mis­sion is stretched to in­clude an in­ter­na­tional refugee story about two brothers, Pak­istani im­mi­grants to New York City, set in 2003. One has been de­tained by the FBI, while the other sells news­pa­pers to make ends meet and in­ter­acts with a home­less man who has taken over a nearby pay phone, and an evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian mis­sion­ary’s faith is tested by her in­abil­ity to give away her daily quota of Bibles. Though the play deals with se­ri­ous themes of re­li­gion, cul­tural iden­tity, and na­tional se­cu­rity, hu­mor shines through in the char­ac­ters’ awk­ward at­tempts at con­nec­tion. Port Au­thor­ity Throw Down runs from Fri­day, Jan. 29, through Feb. 14 at Teatro Paraguas Stu­dio (3205 Calle Marie). Per­for­mances on Thurs­days, Fr i days, and Satur­days are at 7:30 p.m; Sun­days are at 2 p.m. Tick­ets are $15 with dis­counts avail­able. On Satur­day, Jan. 30, a gala re­cep­tion fol­lows the per­for­mance; tick­ets are $20. The Feb. 4 per­for­mance is by do­na­tion. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at www.brownpapertick­ets.com; for reser­va­tions call 505- 424-1601.

— Jen­nifer Levin

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