Rousuck's Review: "La Llorona" at Cohesion Theatre Company | WYPR

Rousuck's Review: "La Llorona" at Cohesion Theatre Company

Apr 5, 2018

Mia Ybarra (left) and Mani Yangilmau in LA LLORONA
Credit Shealyn Jae Photography

It's Thursday, and our peripatetic theater critic, J. Wynn Rousuck, is back with her weekly review of one of the Baltimore region's thespian offerings.  Today, she spotlights the new production of Cecelia Raker's play, La Llorona, now on stage at Baltimore's Cohesion Theatre Company.

La Llorona plays off a popular Southwestern legend about the loudly lamenting ghost of a woman who, scorned in love, took the lives of her children and then her own, and was then turned away at the Gates of Heaven.  When a group of young women get thrown together on a school project about La Llorona, the "legend" becomes a real and frightening presence in their lives.  But are La Llorona's shifting stories and irreverent advice meant to steer the young women away from her tragic fate, or entice them to share it? 

La Llorona is directed at Cohesion Theatre Company by Susan Stroupe, and features Mani Yangilmau in the title role, Emily Sucher as Rachel, Natanya Washer as Maria, and Mia Ybarra as Molly.   La Llorona is being produced in repertory with The Orphan Sea, a play by Caridad Svich that is also being directed by Susan Stroupe.

La Llorona -- which contains language, themes, & situations suitable for mature audiences  -- continues at Cohesion Theatre Company until Saturday, April 14th.  For ticket and seating info, click here.