Journalist, poet, playwright, and composer Dolores Prida is as radical in her politics and identity as the more famous stage artist Maria Irene Fornes (the two have collaborated in New York), yet, in my opinion, she goes about striking the establishment with a more conscious and formidable force--a sense of humor and a smidgen of sympathy for the truth behind even the cruelest ethnic and sexual clichés. It comes, perhaps, from Prida's evaluation of her childhood in Caibarien, a settlement on the northern coast of Cuba. Her impoverished household seemed practically a sitcom: "My mother, who is now dead, was the typical Latina mother, the martyr type," she once said in an interview. "And my father, who is very handsome, was the Don Juan of the small town. My mother knew, so there was a soap opera every night." While professing a tangled love for both of them, Prida, an avid young reader, soon figured out that all that dysfunction could serve as a... More >>>