My Uncle Javy

Javier is a superintendent who lives with his wife Susan in an apartment in Queens, NY. They agree to let Susan's niece, Rosie, stay with them while Rosie's mother goes to a rehab clinic for alcoholism. During her stay, Rosie and Javier grow close. They bond over their shared insomnia and watch old movies, and he teaches her Spanish. Meanwhile, Susan's relationship with Rosie grows strained as...
Javier is a superintendent who lives with his wife Susan in an apartment in Queens, NY. They agree to let Susan's niece, Rosie, stay with them while Rosie's mother goes to a rehab clinic for alcoholism. During her stay, Rosie and Javier grow close. They bond over their shared insomnia and watch old movies, and he teaches her Spanish. Meanwhile, Susan's relationship with Rosie grows strained as she tries hard to be a mother figure, but ends up alienating her. Javier's and Rosie's relationship intensifies. After several months of carrying on a secret affair, they are forced to think about the future when Claire, Rosie's mother, is due to leave the clinic. Her relationship with her niece already a mess, Susan confronts Javier about the affair. At first he denies it, but eventually breaks down and admits to her what has been going on, pleading for forgiveness. Claire is released and eager to start a new life with her daughter, in a new home. Susan welcomes her, but soon leaves to be by herself. That night, in the new home, Javier sneaks into Rosie's home through her balcony, to see if there is anything to salvage. Rosie replies that she is ashamed of herself and resolves never to see Javier again. He leaves, devastated.
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My Uncle Javy

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  • David Hansen:
    21 Apr. 2018
    Rojas has composed a troubling family drama about the cycle of quiet abuse that happens when we abandon our dreams and reach for what is closest to us, and create a shameful, furtive reality. The playwright creates an absorbing, uncomfortable scenario, posing difficult questions. In the end, those who transgress are not punished, but we are left with the hope that Rosie, the girl, will be able to control her own destiny when everyone responsible for her has failed. A gripping read, and highly recommended.