Spic-O-Rama A collection of monologues by the six members of a dysfunctional Hispanic family on the eve of one son's marriage, Spic-O-Rama is taken from John… Spic-O-Rama A collection of monologues by the six members of a dysfunctional Hispanic family on the eve of one son's marriage, Spic-O-Rama is taken from John… Comic Novels Bantam
Book Review

Spic-O-Rama (1994)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Writer: John Leguizamo; Genre: Comic Novels; Publisher: Bantam

A collection of monologues by the six members of a dysfunctional Hispanic family on the eve of one son's marriage, Spic-O-Rama is taken from John Leguizamo's successful recent one-man show of the same name. The characters — Krazy Willie, a Desert Storm vet and the groom-to-be; 9-year-old Miggy; Raffi, who claims he is Laurence Olivier's love child and sports a blond wig; wheelchair-bound Javier; Gladyz, their spandexed mother; and Felix, her philandering husband — spend their time commenting on themselves and one another, and their voices, distinct and personal, have an edginess and a poignance all their own. It's easy to see why the monologues made an effective play. What Leguizamo gives us is an effective new way of proving an old truth: All families are, indeed, crazy. A-

Originally posted Mar 18, 1994 Published in issue #214 Mar 18, 1994 Order article reprints