If you're not part of the theater world, you've probably never heard of "Native Gardens" (guilty), but that didn't stop the buzz of the crowd on opening night of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's new production of the Karen Zacarías show.
If you are part of the theater world, you know that "Native Gardens" is one of the most-produced shows in the U.S. right now because of its comedic take on the divides in our country, and it doesn't pull punches from any angle.
When young Latinx couple Pablo and Tania (Gabriel Pena and Aurora Leonard) move into a fixer-upper in a posh D.C. neighborhood, things start out well with their established WASP neighbors Frank and Virginia (Kurt Zischke and Rachel Harker). But the mulch starts to fly when a dispute over property lines turns into an all-out turf war.
Between Frank's socks and Crocs combo and Tania insisting her pregnancy isn't making her irrational (just "passionately rational"), the show is full of both physical comedy and tongue-in-cheek jabs. The cast delivers blow after blow of politically incorrect notions with smiles on their faces that makes viewers reexamine their own knee-jerk biases in hilarious fashion.
Age, race, gender, class — nothing is safe in this show that makes you cringe one second and crack up the next.
"Native Gardens" runs through May 5. For showtimes and more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit The Rep’s website. You can also call (501) 378-0405 or visit the theater's box office downtown at 601 Main St.
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