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Conchita then remarks that Teodoro’s replacement didn’t last long, for reasons that are explained later in ni play. On the other hand, Santiago and Ofelia do not want to automate the factory because the machines would displace workers.

Anna in the Tropics is in homage to this art form lost to time gone by. I think “generic” is the word I’m looking for here. Ofelia tells him that she cannot honor the debt because she has no money.

Anna in the Tropics

I thought the story was weak and the character development non-existant. Yet it didn’t and I was MAD at it. It was the lector who informed, organized and entertained the workers until the s, when the rollers and the readers were replaced by mechanization.

He is a native of Spain, which once colonized and governed Cuba.

Drama-filled, character-driven, and splendidly written. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Juan Julian chooses to read from Anna Karenina.

The light of teopics. After his release from prison, the elder Crz was subsequently caught onboard a ship in an attempt to flee teopics the United Stateswhere he would prepare for his family’s arrival at a later date. Ofelia says that taking a nklo is “the American way,” but Santiago fails to comprehend her logic.

He continues, saying that machines now dictate the pace of life to such an extent that no one has time for leisurely pursuits, much less nature. The women have a playful argument about Conchita’s paisley dress which, Ofelia says, makes her daughter look like an old woman. Cheche intends to mechanize the plant and over the roar of machines nobody could hear someone reading out loud. Retrieved December 29, from Encyclopedia. Teodoro was the factory’s lector until he died three months ago at age eighty.


This is how we find factory owner Santiago at the play’s opening as he foolishly gambles away his money while drunk. I had no recollection of reading this some 15 years ago. Marela, full of joy, confesses that she does not want the night to end.

Perhaps the most constructive criticism comes from Chris Anstey, who, in an article surveying the state of contemporary American theatre, cites what he considers to be the play’s most obvious flaw: Cigar Capital of the World,” http: He is in love with Kitty.

All of these workers, who come from places such as Spain and Italy, share a desire troics romance. Apr 11, Margaret rated it liked it.

The central focus is that of some of the workers love affairs. Levin is a wise and judicious man who makes sound business decisions. Cheche, Santiago’s half brother, thinks that the factory should do away with the lectors and replace workers with machines.

We have to learn to see through words and sound, through our hand. Conchita is Ofelia and Santiago’s oldest daughter. Through the smoke, we hear the words of Anna Karenina read by the lector, a traditional role in such factories meant to entertain—and also organize—the workers as they rolled. Ofelia performs the honor of lighting the first cigar, and then a ritual is observed whereby the cigar is passed from one person to another through an intermediary so as to facilitate communication with the gods.

Instead of discovering the love and acceptance they seek, the family is met with tragedy in the end, just as in the story of Anna Karenina. The only person upon whom this lector has a redeeming effect is Santiago who, after first getting mad at Ofelia for not forgiving his gambling debts, confesses to her through a discussion about Anna Karenina that he fears he is losing his pride, self-respect, and the valued love of his wife.


Conchita takes delight in telling her husband details of her love affair because she believes that Palomo still has a mistress. Conchita asks Palomo if he has ever heard the voice of a deaf person because this raw, untempered voice is the one she wants to use to tell him about her longing for him.

Fornes’ avant-garde plays, stark and often lyrical, revolve around characters who search for meaning in their lives in the face of psychological tyranny. Open Preview See a Problem? He does not see the point of taking a vote if, in the minds of the workers, the matter has been settled. Marela is Ofelia and Santiago’s youngest daughter. Soon everyone talks about what type of stories they like and how Juan Julian’s reading has made the characters in Anna Karenina come alive.

Santiago declares that Juan Julian shall stay. They sparkle and prickle and swirl, enveloping those who listen in both specific place and time.

Published September 1st by Theatre Communications Group.

Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz

He introduces himself to the lector, and shortly thereafter Santiago asks for a show of hands from those workers who wish to dispense with the lector’s services. In a cigar factory owned by the Patriarch of the family, Santiago, Juan Julian is hired to read to the family during their long days of rolling cigars by hand. Nov 09, Daniel rated it really liked it Shelves: Conchita defends the need for a lector at the factory because, in her opinion, money can’t buy the places and things that occupy her dreams.

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