Billed as "magical realism," Jose Rivera's play Brainpeople seems more like psychotic realism. Luna Theater's production of the well-known playwright's one-act - Rivera wrote Marisol and the screenplay for Motorcycle Diaries, among others - features three accomplished actors in three ridiculous roles.
Mayannah (Jessica Gruver) is rich, beautiful, and tormented by the death of her parents when she was 8 years old.
For reasons mainly unintelligible, each year on the anniversary of this sad event, she invites two strangers to a lavish meal. This dinner party is an exceptional occasion, since she lives in a country ruled by martial law, where everyone is hungry, and going outdoors is cause for mortal fear. The food and wine she serves are so "delicious that [they] taste like sweet revenge." Make of that what you will.