Theater Review: One House Over
By Livia Peterson
The World Premiere of Catherine Trieschmann's One House Over is a co-production with the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York.
The Trump Administration allows the pondering of boundaries, regardless of the immigration status more than ever. The Obama Administration ensured equality and did not discriminate against immigrants, unlike President Trump. But no fear, Catherine Trieschmann's One House Over does not boast a political agenda, excluding to persuade you to either the Democrat or the Republican party. Rather, the play hits you in the gut.
Joanne Vancura (Elaine Rivkin) hires the undocumented immigrants Camila and Rafael 'Rafa' Hernandez (Zoe Sophia Garcia and Justin Huen) to care for her ill father Milos (Mark Jacoby). Yet, the intrusive neighbor Patty Leiker (Jeanne Paulsen) believes something illegal is occurring and insists to receive advice via the neighborhood association.
It is indeed easy for one to notice the infectious chemistry among the actors in a live theatrical performance, as it provides individual breathtaking performances and the exciting banter among the actors. While the first act explores the characters' past, the second act immerses you in the family and once the play actually concludes, one may crave to spend more time with the Vancura and Hernandez families.
The pre-show music perfectly sets the mood and hence, the cheery and rather lifelike set design is akin to a home one would find in a neighborhood anywhere in the United States. I would welcome the Vancura and Hernandez families into my home in a heart beat. In short, One House Over is complete perfection in every regard.
Personally, I wish One House Over would boast a mainstream appeal because it deserves a touring production, outside the Milwaukee Rep and the Geva Theatre Center. Ultimately, One House Over resonates, as we are all immigrants in our own ways and the relevancy is gut punching as though one is not attending a play, but rather real life. A+
One House Over continues through Sunday, March 25, 2018.
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