I have been a fan of Eduardo Machado since I saw KISSING FIDEL many years ago. However, his newest play MARIQUITAS set in a gay bed and breakfast in Havana is a bit of a mess. Eduardo Machado has an excellent concept in depicting four distinct classes in Cuba, from the Cuban perspective. On paper, it sounded promising but the play felt muddled, unsure if it wanted to focus either on the politics in Cuba or the homosexual relationships of the main characters. I’m not saying it’s not possible to combine both topics ( look at Tony Kushner’s ANGELS IN AMERICA). But Machado failed big this time. It was an ambitious play and he fell short. It’s way too long and it’s not only the editing that is the problem.
All the nude scenes are in the Second Act. So don’t leave if even if you became frustrated in Act One.
Liam Torres had an extensive nudity as he peeled off his clothes when he was arguing with his lover over money. He was in the nude for at least more than 5 minutes. He is my daddy type. The guy with salt and pepper hair and has a nice bod for his age. Nice pecs and tight stomach. He showed his circumcised cock and very tight balls and as he bent over to take off his clothes you can see his hole. He is not a shower but his cock looked tasty. He was never shy as he showed everything onstage.
Matthew d’Amato as the newbie actor for the play that was being produced shed off his clothes during his photo
session. He took off his leather underwear and showed his thick uncut cock with long foreskin and a very bushy pubes (a rarity onstage).
Ricardo Davila as the lover only showed his ass. He played the typical macho guy and he is just so huggable. I wish he had shown more. The other cute actor Ed Trucco unfortunately did not show any skin. He is the hottest I think.
Have I seen better plays? The answer is yes. But this is not such a terrible play. The naked actors are worth seeing.
Catch it before it closes tomorrow May 19.
NUDITY RATING: 5
“Mariquitas” runs through Sunday at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, East Village; (212) 254-1109, theaterforthenewcity.net.