Run, Don’t Walk to See Fuerzabruta
Since I used to work at a playhouse, you shouldn’t find it too hard to believe that I am a harsh critic of theater. I usually find just about everything on Broadway to be a tired cliché, but because we frequently entertain out-of-town guests, I find myself at more than my fair share of shows. Luckily, I’m always keeping my ears open for a good suggestion, and when I heard that the creators of De La Guarda were back with a new show, Fuerzabruta, I didn’t need to be told this twice.
I think the mixture of the show goes something like this: 2 parts modern art + 1 theater + 1 part Stomp + 1 part yourself as semi-active participant + 1/2 part Cirque du Soleil + 1/2 part nightclub.
I don’t even really want to explain it anymore than that, because to do so would ruin the show. All I know is that I was in awe. I smiled, laughed and, in general, had a great time.
If you are like my father (worn out from a Black Friday shopping spree, who loudly announced right before the house lights dimmed, that he was tired of being shoved all day), all you need to know is:
- The show is 75 minutes long and you’re standing the entire time.
- The line for the coat check is long and disorganized. Wear a jacket you can tolerate wearing the whole time.
- People in the front of the theater get wet. If you wish to avoid this, stand in the back of the theater.
- Most of the show happens above you, so rest up your neck.
- You will be pushed — or at least asked to move by the stagehands — throughout the show. It’s best to think of yourself as part of a herd, and just go with the flow.
However, if my father can quickly change his tune and leave with a smile on his face, then this show is sure to be a hit with anyone.
If you aren’t convinced or simply need more information, The New York Times, does a great job of covering the details. We also captured this video: