Cast of "Somewhere" Photo by T.Charles Erickson
Living on dreams is an impractical pastime if reality intrudes its
menacing head. Hope and promise can be giant balloons that inflate with
the fantasies of what could be until facts cause them to pop. For the
Candelaria family, especially for mama, their
dreams swirl around show business, the theater and performing on
This Puerto Rican family lives and breathes dance steps and song
lyrics. Their apartment in New York City in the summer of 1959 is
focused on a production of "West Side Story," a show mama desperately
wants her progeny to audition for and star in. To witness
their preparations for the big debut, head to the Hartford Stage until
Sunday, May 4 for "Somewhere," a new play by Matthew Lopez.
Dreams feed the soul but they don't put food on the table or pay the
apartment's rent. The first sign of trouble is a letter from the city
to inform them that their home is going to be torn down to make room for
a new project: Lincoln Center for the Performing
Arts. The family has 30 days to vacate and find new accommodations.
When everyone in the family has their heads in the clouds, someone has
to be grounded. That difficult task falls on the eldest child,
Alejandro, a dedicated and determined Michael Rosen. Their dad, a song
and dance star, is on the road hoping to support his
clan. Alejandro is forced to put his own dreams of
dancing aside, to deal with the day-to-day problems of survival. When
he informs his mother Inez, a nurturing but stubborn Priscilla Lopez,
that they must make plans to move, she refuses to accept the news and
tears up the relocation orders. In her mind,
the matter is finished, done, finito.
Meanwhile younger siblings Cisco (Zachary Infante) and Rebecca (Jessica
Ann Naimy) have swallowed mama's fantasies whole and with the help of
their adopted brother Jamie (Cary Tedder), prepare for auditions for
their "dream" roles. After all, Jamie is the
assistant to famous choreographer Jerome Robbins so their success is
almost assured. Giovanna Sardelli directs this touching and charming
and dance filled (thanks to Greg Graham's choreography) glimpse into the
lives of this hopeful family. The set, with
its criss-crossed lines of laundry, by Donyale Werle is a welcome into
For tickets ($25 and up), call Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street,
Hartford at 860-527-5151 or online at www.hartfordstage.org.
Performances are Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7:30
p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2
p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Root for the Candelaria clan to have all their hopes come true in this
fine production with heart and soul and lots of fancy footwork.