Magical realism and matriarchal mysteries govern “Luciérnagas” by the playwright Javier Rivera DeBruin. The sensitive work, running at the 14th Street Y through Nov. 30, centers on Mal (Alexandra Taylor), a young queer woman who inherits a small cabin from her grandmother only to discover she shares the abode with a sprite-like being who has lessons to impart.
A celebration of Mexican, Afro-Latina and Indigenous women, the play, directed by Carlos Armesto, explores the things we must leave behind in order to become who we were meant to be. Funnily enough, “Luciérnagas” is also the perfect play to see before potential family dysfunction during the holiday festivities next week, as it shows “ultimately how we can begin to unravel inherited trauma through moments of reflection, catharsis, playfulness, and joy,” in the words of Rivera DeBruin.
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