KPBS SUBMISSION DATE: NOVEMBER 1, 1999
If Flips is slang for Filipinos, then Flipzoids must be flipped-out Flips. All three characters in Ralph Pena’s “Flipzoids” are lost, looking for a place to call home. The hyper-assimilated one seeks (anonymous) connection in a men’s room. The young immigrant woman searches for an American identity in the dictionary and the mall. Her mother keeps her mystical mind and her wrinkled hands in the SoCal ocean water… the liquid link to her faraway birthplace. In terms of their cultural heritage: one can’t remember, one won’t remember, and one can’t forget.
AART and director George Ye present a strong production of a quirky but thought-provoking play. Excellent performances by Andy Lowe as the tough-but-tender beach boy who befriends an older woman (the often-magical Emelita Carlos-Moll) who transforms his life.
Where: Sweetooth Theatre, downtown San Diego
When: through November 7; Friday & Saturday @ 8pm; Sunday @ 2pm
How long: 2 hours
How much: $9-12
©1999 Patté Productions Inc.