Review: Deferred Action

There is a film being released that I read about briefly on twitter. This is unrelated to the play I saw this evening. I am the connection between the two things, please bear with me while I exposit, there is an ah-ha moment. The moment was about the end times and a christian belief that some time around the 25th of the month the book of revelations would come to pass. This is built on a literal reading of the bible and according to the stars, we’re done for. I make no mockery of any of this.

I went to see a play tonight, Deferred Action by David Lozano and Lee Trull, directed by David Lozano. i had several appointments throughout the day, a job interview that fell through as I waited for 30 minutes for someone that never showed up, a long phone call with my wife’s lawyer in California, and a follow up conversation with my Mother-In-Law over the conversation with same lawyer. Sometimes the stars align and you are privy to internal machinations in a way that expound on our reality in interesting ways. Sometimes not.

Deferred Action is an hour and 45 minute piece of a trilogy of plays centering on a Mexican immigrant experience. This chapter of the trilogy follows a young Javier, college student, as he is thrust into the spotlight of two fictional presidential campaigns mimicking the most recent presidential election. The opening action of the play is a marriage proposal to Javier’s high school sweetheart. What if to follow is the descent into the monolithic bureaucracy of American politics and the choices faced in wokeness, the strains of relationships, and spiritual awakenings brought about by dreams.

I enjoyed the play. Presented in the political climate currently expressed through a 24hour news cycle nausea and fed by an insatiable social media connectivity, Deferred Action lays bear some raw emotional moments. These intersections expose the fragility of man, specifically men, to pride and delves into a kind of Freudian psychoanalysis of  family in a post truth society.  The staging of Deferred Action was beautiful, the action flowing effortlessly between dream states, graphic barrages of a simulated media blitz, and interior moments of turmoil and becoming. The writing takes twists that foreshadow later events in surprising ways that kept me interested through the final sequence, the ultimate rising leaving me satisfied with the ending. This is a story of shared dreams and constituents, a man’s world, as my friend Natalia commented during the question and answer session following the play, a world of man against those that mold him and the consequences of that fight.


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