Post No Bills

Fleeing the Texas border town she grew up in, Reyna arrives in the big city, with nothing but her dream of becoming a singer/songwriter. Taking up with a pair of street musicians, she discovers that love is violent, friendship is pain and the true music comes from the depths of your soul.

"Mr. Alvarado’s best touch is the way he suggests a father-daughter dynamic without ever letting you...
Fleeing the Texas border town she grew up in, Reyna arrives in the big city, with nothing but her dream of becoming a singer/songwriter. Taking up with a pair of street musicians, she discovers that love is violent, friendship is pain and the true music comes from the depths of your soul.

"Mr. Alvarado’s best touch is the way he suggests a father-daughter dynamic without ever letting you stop wondering if there’s a sexual undercurrent as well." New York Times

"The unrequited love between Reyna and Esteban, who is old enough to be her father, is moving, and so is the ensemble." The New Yorker

"...his characters ring achingly real, and the relationship between Esteban and Reyna is developed with an intriguing complexity." New York Post

"The story's familiar, but just when it seems as though the piece might be settling into a conventional plot line or succumbing to sentimentality, Alvarado manages to throw in a welcome twist. Sometimes it's a song (the original tunes are from Sandra Rubio) that both fits the action and comments on it. At other moments, it's a bit of surprising lyricism, which offsets the characters' frequent bursts of Mamet-like invective, or a character behaving in an unexpected, yet psychologically believable, way." Theatermania

"...what grounds this play and prevents it from ever veering into cliche is a superb command of specificity. His characters seem wonderfully authentic and fully realized, seasoned with detail. These are not caricatures, plucked from the Mexican border and dropped beneath Times Square, but real people with whom audiences may empathize. Their dialogue is sharp and knowing, another feather in Alvarado's cap." NYTheater.com
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Post No Bills

Production History

  • Professional
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    Rattlestick Playwright's Theater
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    2009