<i>Memory Tricks</i> is a drama with a sense of humor. Solo performer Marga Gomez creates a rich, funny, and troubling portrait of her mother, a flamboyant Puerto Rican belly dancer known as Margo the Exotic. Jumping from the raucous Latino showbiz community of sixties Manhattan to the limbo of suburbia, with a sidetrip to Paris, <i>Memory Tricks</i> follows Marga’s lifelong attempts to win her mother’s love, or at least get her attention. Frank Rich of the NewYork Times said, “This is a funny and touching stage autobiography that shows off its performer as both an actress and writer of serious promise. I warmly recommend it.”
Marga Gomez, writer, performer, and stand-up comic, is the author of <i>Memory Tricks</i> and <i>A Line around the Block</i>, companion tributes to her parents and the history of Latino entertainers in New York. She has been presented at Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, and internationally. As a stand-up comic, she has been featured on HBO’s “Comic Relief VI” and Comedy Central’s “Out There.” Marga will appear on a upcoming episode of HBO’s “Tracey Takes On.” Marga has also written and performed Marga Gomez Is Pretty, Witty & Gay, a look at homophobia, heterophobia, and Margaphobia. She participated in the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab in 1993.
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