In depicting a young Californian housewife anticipating her husband's return from military service, Puerto Rican screenwriter and playwright José Rivera's dreamlike, sexually charged dramedy References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot blends the surrealism of Salvador Dalí (painter of melting clocks) and the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez (Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude). That's why its trio of all-too-human characters, which also includes a libidinous teenaged neighbor, is rounded out by personified ancestral totems like the moon, a coyote and a cat. While its more titillating aspects might involve more than just references to Dalí, Rivera's play also has its fair share of poetry and philosophical self-reflection. The interactions between this unlikely crew can be rich in lyrical meditations on love and individual identity. Juan Mas, known for his local filmwork, directs.
Sept. 6-22; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $20-$25 • Stage Left Theater • 108 W Third • spokanestageleft.org • 838-9727
— E.J. Iannelli