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    Dream Star Cafe

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    Into a Western-style bar in Waukegan, Illinois walks a charismatic older man — a prosperous horseman named Ralph — who purports to be a buyer for the business. The proprietors of the bar are a trio in their 30s — a brother, his sister and a close woman friend — who are struggling to hold on to it. They have built it up with sweat and good intentions, but may lose it because they cannot afford to buy the building that encloses it. The closing of the business looms as disturbing and formidable, since the trio deeply fear the separation this would cause. As the play develops, it's revealed that the Dream Star Cafe is so named because patrons can sit in the bar chairs which are styled as saddles and pretend they are riding under the Western Sky, thereby seeing their dreams with a clarity that eludes ordinary folks. The owners are all orphans who bonded in a succession of foster homes, and orphans' dreams are the most keenly wished for among God's children. Quique, the brother, fights for respectability as an electrician's apprentice; his sister, Sara, sleeps through her days in reclusive depression. Ginger, to whom both are closely bonded since the orphanage, finds the life of a barfly a slippery slope. The dreams of all three are simple and include financial stability, having a small electrical business, marriage and family. "Dream Star Cafe" is the TNC debut for noted playwright/poet Jack Agueros. This compelling and realistic play on the longing souls of Puerto Rican orphans in the Midwest will be presented by Theater for the New City January 31 to February 24 in its Cino Theater, staged by TNC's Artistic Director Crystal Field. It is a provocative and universal tale of identities lost and uneasily regained, whose veracity will appeal to a wide audience.

    Dates:  Jan. 31, 2002 - March 3, 2002
    Schedule:  Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m.
    Venue:  Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.
    Price:  $10/tdf
    Tickets/info:  (212) 254-1109


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