Review: FRIGID NY Festival 2022: Support the "Pueblo Revolt"
Written by Dillon Chitto
Directed by Amanda Levie
Presented by No Peeking Theatre at UNDER St. Marks
94 St. Marks Place, Manhattan, NYC
February 19-March 5, 2022
|A previous production of Pueblo Revolt. Courtesy Emily Owens PR|
|Image courtesy Emily Owens PR|
Henati, however, is at this point a bit less keen on revolt than his older brother. Henati is more willing to give others, the Spanish included, the benefit of the doubt, and not only because he has a crush on the Spanish baker's son, Guillermo. Through Henati, Pueblo Revolt suggests that revolution is a messier matter at the personal level. It further acknowledges that the revolutionary appeal to a return to past ways, or even to a mythic past, represents more of a rallying point than an actual postcolonial possibility. (Cochni also has a vision of the future, which works against the popular dominant cultural conception of Indigenous people as frozen in the past and/or as continually in the process of vanishing.) By the end, Henati will be forced both to contemplate what home is and what he will do to get there.
In addition to the actors' performances, the production creates its sense of immersion through both sound and scent (the purview of Justin Green and Amanda Levie, respectively); and a table of objects including woven baskets, a beaded necklace, and a knife are available to touch before the show proper starts and the blindfolds go on. The lack of sight works very well as a vehicle for the (often comic) anachronisms that pepper the play's dialogue, bending or collapsing past and present and perhaps constituting a rejection of settler colonial conceptions of teleological time. However you conceptualize your time, spend some of it with Pueblo Revolt.
-John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards
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