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LA Theater Review

The Stories Of César Chávez

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Writer-director Fred Blanco's heartfelt if hagiographic, one-man show about the late civil rights leader, labor organizer and United Farm Workers founder seeks to put a human face on the enigmatic and provocative Hispanic messiah. Through multiple characters and perspectives, Blanco charts Chávez's rise from his childhood as a California migrant worker, through his zoot-suited teens as a barrio tough, to the discovery of books and learning, which culminated with his conversion to the cause of economic justice. While Blanco is an affecting performer, this life in brief revels in the triumphs but avoids the controversies that might have lent complexity to his blemish-free portrait.

Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; Thurs., 10 a.m.; Sat., 2:30 p.m.; thru June 26. (866) 811-4111.

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