The woman with the microphone is Irma Aguirre, an elder at Immaculate Conception who led me on my first procession years ago. Here's my blog entry on the 2009 celebration:
Thank you, Miller2000, for your kind words. A little update to this story: Julio Correa returned safely from that Iraq deployment and rejoined the local salsa scene in August. You can see a picture of Julio, reunited with his wife Jeannette, at my blog, Onda Carolina: http://ondacarolina.blogspot.com/2009/08/triangle-salsa-all-stars.html
TechDir, I specifically praised this production for its use of actors with a wide variety of body types, which I felt served the play in important ways. I also praised the energy and drive of the cast to deliver on the promise in Mandley's invocation. That said, I didn't agree with her directing choices in many instances, and did not feel the production addressed the ambiguities in the play itself. So you are right that mine was a mixed review, but I wasn't intending to take any personal potshots at the actors. I encourage readers like yourself to see the production and draw their own conclusions on its merits.
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