Tuesday 20 April 2021
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First Look review: John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons is a hilarious, fast-paced, educational journey

By Michael Dritto

Playing at: Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph) for a limited engagement through Nov.3.

Basic storyline: After finding out that his son is being bullied in school because of his race, and that his grades are suffering because of it, John Leguizamo took it upon himself to forcefully help his son not only stand up to this bully but to also find the perfect Latin hero for his son’s “Hero Project.” Upon finding out that his son’s American history book does not contain a single notable Latin name in it, John spirals into a yearlong, rage-fueled investigation process of uncovering the facts behind the Latin origins of America. His findings were so overwhelming and so eye opening, he felt the need to compile them into a two-hour intensive for the public called: Latin History for Morons.

What stood out: Why, John Leguizamo, of course. Anyone who has watched movies or TV for the last two decades should certainly be aware of multi-dimensional talents of John Leguizamo. Latin History for Morons presents Leguizamo’s star quality by showcasing a range of vast characters, quick-witted dialogue and genetically gifted dance moves. This lays down the groundwork for Leguizamo to present a meticulously researched, thought-provoking outline of borderline forgotten history. Leguizamo pulls no punches when drawing the parallels of said history with today, and sheds new light on the George Santayana quote: “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Final thoughts: Presenting his sixth one-man show, John Lequizamo shows his mastery of the art form by delivering this amazingly entertaining and historically relevant show. So gift yourself the pleasure of being able to see John Lequizamo live, on stage, doing what he does best.