Paloma Nuñez (photo by Rodrigo Moreno)The Gringos and Me
by Beat Rice
We laugh at her amazement by the way North Americans live and sympathize for her as she begs for a Barbie doll.
Manuelita’s childlike observations and discoveries is probably the most delightful thing about the play. Her tragedies and triumphs are all special, and memorable, even though she sometimes wishes they never happened. We laugh at her amazement by the way North Americans live and sympathize for her as she begs for a Barbie doll. Her innocence, shyness, and contrary spunk, make for a truly endearing piece of theatre. The one thing that threw me off the most was the adult cursing and swearing. It was pretty harsh at some moments, and not very innocent - but still very funny. Paloma Nuñez captures Manuelita’s youthful spirit with heart, and just the right amount of ‘little kid voice’.
Read also director Marilo Nuñez's first-person piece