by Ramya Jegatheesan
Camila’s Bones indulges in extremes and clichés. The actors over-act and the characters do not know who they are. We are presented with the pious barren white woman (Angela Besharah), the hyper-sexualized Latina aunt frustrated by a long sexual drought (Lucy Filippone), and the nubile and fertile surrogate mother. The women are manipulative and the men are dumb. Sound familiar?
The diction in the script is also all over the place. It jumps from accented pedestrian dialogue to elevated monologues where the characters wax philosophic. The shift is abrupt and makes no sense. Instead of characters with distinct voices and personalities, we are handed characters that act out clichés, but withdraw into poetic monologues.