Las Nuevas Tamaleras

Wortham Center will become a tamale factory during today's presentation of Las Nuevas Tamaleras. Written and directed by Alicia Mena, who also stars, the one-act comedy is the story of a trio of first-time tamale makers. The threesome is guided along by the spirits of two grandmothers and self-proclaimed tamale experts. But the two spirits can't be seen or heard, so it's a little tough for them to do much but complain about how badly the young women are doing. The comedy touches specifically on Mexican traditions and culture, but Mena insists its themes of friendship, identity and self-acceptance are universal. 8 p.m. Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas. For information, call 713-222-1213 or visit $15 to $20.
Sat., Nov. 7, 8 p.m., 2009
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