Dominican-style 'Barbería' comes alive in new play – NY Daily News

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BY Carolina González

A play about gentrification in Washington Heights with singing and dancing: How commercially viable can that be?

“In the Heights” proved that it could be done, all the way to Broadway. And producers of the Spanish-language play “La Barbería” want to prove that such a project can thrive among Spanish-speaking Latinos.

Using as a setting the new-jack Dominican barbershop, co-producer and co-author David Maldonado said the play aims to connect old and new Latino issues and culture.

“These new Latino barbershops, they’re open till 1 a.m., and it’s like a party atmosphere,” he said during a break in rehearsal. “It’s like a subculture, and these guys talk about everything.”

“La Barbería,” starring actor Manny Pérez and standup comic Ruperto Vanderpool, is in previews Off-Broadway at New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., where it’s scheduled to premiere Feb. 17 for an open-ended run.

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Check out our  pics of the La Barberia Press Event: Here

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