Intrínguliss Alien Encounters
If you were a Sesame Street fan in the mid-90s, you probably witnessed the launch of Carlo Albáns acting career, when he got chummy onscreen with Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Ten years earlier, Albán was busy with a bigger life change: immigrating from Ecuador at age seven, minus legal documentation. Albán recounts this frequently harrowing story in his solo show Intríngulis, now playing at INTAR in a production directed by David Anzuelo. The piece provides a gripping, if somewhat overlong, immersion in the aliens plight.
In a series of witty monologues, Albán plays himself at various ages, plus family members and other undocumented workers whose ordeals resemble his. The incidents range from funnyhis dads horror upon discovering his brothers Nine Inch Nails CDsto agonizing, when his family learns that their 12-year quest for citizenship may be in vain. We watch Albáns consciousness widen as he tries pot, begins to comprehend the U.S.s fraught relationship with Latin America, suffers from anti-immigrant paranoia following 9/11, and grapples with his divided identity. Albáns saga of arrival and assimilation would have benefited from a little snappy editing: Hes an engaging performer, but talks too long, occasionally veering into PSA territory. But theres lots thats lively herebetween anecdotes, he belts out rousing renditions of Latin American folk songs, and understated projections illustrate the tales.
Intríngulis, Albán explains, means a complex web, which is what he confronted in the U.S.a place far less friendly to newcomers than Sesame Streets harmonious neighborhood suggests. Luckily, Albán found homes in both.
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