Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 14, 2014
It’s the last weekend to check out Teatro Vivo’s latest production, “Vecinos” at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. On Thursdays, audience members can “pay what they wish.”
Austin playwright Rupert Reyes, best known for his popular Petra plays (“Petra’s Pecado,” “Petra’s Cuento” and “Petra’s Sueño”), has brought a bilingual romantic comedy to life.“Vecinos” tells the story of Don Roberto, a feisty 70-year-old widower who spends his days chasing young graffiti taggers with his old-fashioned gun sans bullets. His routine gets a shakeup when new neighbor Doña Maria moves in and captures the grumpy old man’s attention. But sparks really fly when their adult children find out.