What's it about?
La Gloria is a Latin Cabaret about 3 singers who die and go to heaven. In heaven, they battle with realizing that they are dead. They find themselves singing and adjusting to their new lives in the afterlife.
What'd I experience?
When I walked into Teatro SEA I saw that there was a full house. The usher was struggling to find a place for me to sit. A man raised his hand on the highest level of the audience and motioned that he had a seat next to him. I headed up there and sat next to him, and was ready to see the show.
When I looked at the stage, the curtains reminded me of a quinceanera dress. The way the colorful baby blue flamboyant glittering curtains were draped across the set, it reminded me of a Latin lifestyle.
The name of the show is La Gloria so I knew it would have something to do with Latino culture. The entire time I was sitting down waiting for the show to start, I was hoping that the show wasn’t in Spanish - being that my Spanish is very limited.
So, the show began with a man walking around like a music conductor. He finally started speaking… IN SPANISH! I was like “Well, it's over for me.”
While he was speaking Spanish he was trying his best to translate in English, as well. He translated to us that "la gloria" means heaven and that is where the show will be taking place. He wanted the whole audience to feel like they were in heaven. He would point out audience members and say “Wow, that’s a nice color to wear to heaven.” and “Woah! How was your funeral?”
Later, three people came onto the stage with puppets in their hands. They spoke in Spanish so I couldn’t understand them but I understood that the puppets were demonstrating them in the afterlife. They would talk behind their puppets and one lady actually said in English something along the lines of “I don’t know how I died” which confirmed, for me, that they were all dead.
The characters were speaking in Spanish and singing in Spanish and although I didn’t quite understand what they were saying I enjoyed this show. I love music and I truly believe that music is a language that we all speak. It did not matter that they were speaking and singing in a different language, because I was still engaged. At one point one of the 3 singers was fighting to sing lead. She would sing louder than the others and roll her eyes at them whenever they looked her way. Her attitude and sass showed me she was not playing and wanted to be in charge.
The emotion in the songs made me feel that they were sad to die. One of the characters was so sad that she wanted to escape heaven. I knew that because she kept saying "Cuba" so many times and while dragging her fellow group members by their hands. The way they kept resisting showed me they did not want to go because they probably thought that this would be a bad idea. They weren't successful at escaping heaven because as soon as they tried to leave thunder and lightening frightened them to the point where they never tried to escape again.
When each character died, at first they were unaware of their deaths. I saw that in their facial expressions and tone of their voices. Each of them was so confused and worried about how their families felt. When they died they all said a Spanish word that I did know, "familia." They said it with tears in their eyes and a shaky voice. I guess that I don’t have to see a show in English to enjoy it or feel connected.