<i>Native Gardens</i>

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Past Event
$36 to $45

Location Info:

Main Street Theater
2540 Times Blvd.
Houston, TX  77005
What is it about fence lines that drives people so crazy? It doesn’t have to be big walls stretching thousands of miles across a country; the lines of demarcation between two households, such as in playwright Karen Zacarias’s Native Gardens, make otherwise rational people behave, well, less than their best. Zacarias’s comedy takes on race, immigration and stereotyping in a way that, without sermonizing, shows how ridiculous most of us can be at times. Tania and Pablo, married up-and-comers in their thirties, have moved into a mostly white neighborhood. Tania, a Ph.D. student, is from New Mexico; Pablo, an attorney in a big firm, is from Chile. Next door are Frank and Virginia, she an engineer and he a consultant for “the agency,” who sees his new neighbors as “Mexican.” His obsession with his garden and landscaping puts him at direct odds with Tania, who finds it absurd and ecologically unsound that he’s cultivating an English garden in mid-Atlantic America — and tells him so. Playwright Zacarias says her 90-minute one-act is a rollicking ride. “It’s like a rolling train. You won’t know what hit you.” She says the ending is hopeful and surprising. “This is not about people you dislike doing horrible things. You go back and forth about who’s right, but the person you’re really judging is yourself.”

7:30 p.m. Saturday. Continuing 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through June 11. Main Street Theater Rice Village, 2540 Times. For information call 713-524-6706 or visit mainstreettheater.com. $36 to $45.


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