If there is one thing we humans have in common, no matter our age, gender, or background, it’s the desire to feel comfortable in our own skin; to feel that we fit in. Jonathan Ceniceroz, in his new comedy THE CRUISE, has five characters that are trying to do just that – understand who they really are and how that person fits into the larger society. THE CRUISE is currently performing at The Los Angeles Theatre Center in DTLA and will continue through April 9.
In THE CRUISE, a father and son team is aboard a Caribbean cruise ship. They are third- and fourth- generation, well educated, and assimilated Latinos. The father, Ramon Garcia, (played by Culture Clash original Ric Salinas) works as a history lecturer on the cruise, while the son (Kenneth Lopez) has accepted his father’s invitation to join him without really knowing what his father is up to. Aboard they become acquainted with a woman (Carolyn Almos) who has just come into an inheritance and is bent on using it to further a conservative political agenda. Her husband is played by Gary Lamb. But the flamboyant cruise director (Brian Wallace) knows some secrets about Ramon that will disturb everyone’s plans.
Jonathan Ceniceroz’ trademark is to give voice to the “pocho,” or assimilated Latino in the U.S. culture. His works are about the Latino who has been in the US for generations, who lives comfortably, has received an education, and still (and particularly in our current political climate) finds himself/herself having to think about his/her identity. It is a point of view that is not often seen on stage and that is loosely based on Ceniceroz’ own life.
THE CRUISE has a lot of funny moments while discussing serious subjects like politics, sexual identity, and socio-economics. It’s an intelligent play that will send you home with lots to think about. Ceniceroz is from the San Gabriel Valley, a professor at Mount Sac, a “pocho,” a gay man, a local voice that is bound to sound familiar to any Angeleno viewer.
THE CRUISE is performed Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm through April 9, with one additional performance on Monday, April 3 at 7:30 pm. The play is 90-minutes long with a 15-minute intermission. Tickets range $22 to $38, available at TheLATC.org or by calling (866) 811-4111. The Los Angeles Theatre Center is located at 514 S. Spring St in Los Angeles 90013.