Snapshot of California Latino life

So many secrets, so little time to gossip about them.

So many secrets, so little time to gossip about them.

Wilkerson Theatre (formerly The California Stage)

1723 25th St.
Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 451-5822

Rated 4.0

This small, thoughtful, well-acted little gem of a production by Teatro Espejo features a somewhat neglected script by Latina playwright Cherríe Moraga. Though she’s well-known as a feminist and Latina author, her work is all too rarely staged in Sacramento. Shadow of a Man revolves around a family tragedy involving awakening (and reawakening) sexuality, complicated by a long-held secret. The tense family relationships are strained by conflicting feelings of honor and duty, rebellion against arbitrary patriarchal authority, and alcohol. The play also offers a deftly observed snapshot of a lower-middle class California Mexican-American family in the late 1960s, torn between upholding tradition and moving into broader Anglo culture.

Shadow of a Man, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $15-$20. Teatro Espejo in the Wilkerson Theatre at the California Stage, 1725 25th Street; (916) 451-5822; Through August 1.