Based on an ancient theme, “Bodega” centered on the conflict between fathers and sons. Set in an urban American store run by Emilio (John Garza), the action sparked when Pedro (Shay Lopez), his college-educated son gave some seemingly simple advice. The themes are as old as the Greeks, and thankfully, gifted playwrights like Seidel continue to explore familial strife.
“Bodega,” by Adam Seidel, mixes a little comedy into an ancient conflict: fathers and sons. Aging store owner Emilio and his college-educated son Pedro (John Garza and Bradley Abeyta, respectfully) develop a believable generational divide with a balance of resentment and respect. Director Jenny Fitts Reynolds encouraged her actors to play different levels of agitation. Abeyta gave Pedro’s hard-won maturity a convincing stillness. In contrast, Garza’s angry father seemed frenetic, constantly pacing the stage. When a director’s blocking is overly apparent, illusion suffers. A more detailed set might have helped this essentially realistic drama. That said, the resolution was understated and moving.