The River Bride
Marisela Treviño Orta
City Lights Theater Company
A fairy tale is supposed to have an air of magic, a sense of mystery, and a promise of “happily ever after.” Certainly Marisela Trevino Orta’s The River Bride, as directed by John R. Lewis and presented by City Lights Theater Company, meets these criteria and more. From the opening moments of this fantasy’s dockside setting in the jungles of the Brazilian Amazon, we are surrounded by mystical sounds of tropical birds, lapping water, and chattering river dolphins. We are soon introduced to a legend of the Boto, river dolphins who emerge as a man on shore once a year for three days to find true love, acceptance of instant marriage, and thus a release from a life of underwater roaming alone. And we begin to suspect that Botos, former and current, are among those we are meeting as the Costa family prepares for the marriage (in three days, of course) of one of its two beautiful daughters.
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Rating: 4 E
The River Bride continues through June 11, 2023 in production by City Lights Theater Company, 529 South Second Street, San Jose. Tickets are available online at https://cltc.org .
Photos Credit: Christian Pizzirani