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Cast 5w. Set in a tiny sewing factory in East L.A., this is the outrageously funny story of five full-figured Mexican-American women who are racing to meet nearly impossible production deadlines in order to keep their tiny factory from going under. And while they work, hiding from the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service), they talk... about their husbands and lover Cast 5w. Set in a tiny sewing factory in East L.A., this is the outrageously funny story of five full-figured Mexican-American women who are racing to meet nearly impossible production deadlines in order to keep their tiny factory from going under. And while they work, hiding from the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service), they talk... about their husbands and lovers, their children and their dreams for the future. The story is told from the point of view of Ana, the youngest among them. Just graduated from high school, Ana dreams of getting out of the barrio and going off to college and becoming a famous writer. Although she needs money, Ana doesn't like working at the factory, and has little respect for the co-workers, who make fun of her ambitions and what they consider her idealistic feminist philosophies. However, Ana keeps coming to her job and chronicling here experiences in a journal. As the summer unfolds, she slowly gains an understanding and appreciation of the work and the women, eventually writing an essay that wins her a journalism fellowship which will take her to New York City. This play, a microcosm of the Latina immigrant experience, celebrates real women's bodies, the power of women, and the incredible bond that happens when women work together. --- from book's back cover


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Cast 5w. Set in a tiny sewing factory in East L.A., this is the outrageously funny story of five full-figured Mexican-American women who are racing to meet nearly impossible production deadlines in order to keep their tiny factory from going under. And while they work, hiding from the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service), they talk... about their husbands and lover Cast 5w. Set in a tiny sewing factory in East L.A., this is the outrageously funny story of five full-figured Mexican-American women who are racing to meet nearly impossible production deadlines in order to keep their tiny factory from going under. And while they work, hiding from the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service), they talk... about their husbands and lovers, their children and their dreams for the future. The story is told from the point of view of Ana, the youngest among them. Just graduated from high school, Ana dreams of getting out of the barrio and going off to college and becoming a famous writer. Although she needs money, Ana doesn't like working at the factory, and has little respect for the co-workers, who make fun of her ambitions and what they consider her idealistic feminist philosophies. However, Ana keeps coming to her job and chronicling here experiences in a journal. As the summer unfolds, she slowly gains an understanding and appreciation of the work and the women, eventually writing an essay that wins her a journalism fellowship which will take her to New York City. This play, a microcosm of the Latina immigrant experience, celebrates real women's bodies, the power of women, and the incredible bond that happens when women work together. --- from book's back cover

30 review for Real Women Have Curves

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    I watched the film adaptation of this about over fifteen years ago and I was floored by it. I'm pretty sure I wept. I wept because I'd never seen this story depicted on screen - the contentious relationship between the not so slim teenaged girl and her mother and it taking place mostly in a sewing factory. It mirrored the relationship I had with my mother so much, I didn't realize that this is what representation feels like. After the comparison made to the adaptation of this film and Lady Bird, I watched the film adaptation of this about over fifteen years ago and I was floored by it. I'm pretty sure I wept. I wept because I'd never seen this story depicted on screen - the contentious relationship between the not so slim teenaged girl and her mother and it taking place mostly in a sewing factory. It mirrored the relationship I had with my mother so much, I didn't realize that this is what representation feels like. After the comparison made to the adaptation of this film and Lady Bird, I wanted to read the source material. I felt the play was so raw and still feels timeless. If this film would have been released in 2018, there would have been so much more attention to it than it received in 2002. There's something about right now that makes me hopeful for more representation of the non-white on screen, large and small, more than ever. And this play and film will fit in this canon that should just be the norm. Representation matters.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cole Jack

    I have mixed feelings about Real Women Have Curves. On one hand, I find the dialogue around sexuality and body positivity incredibly important and well-done. However, Lopez' dialogue often seems heavy-handed and rough. In particular, Ana seems to lecture at the other characters (and the audience) rather than speaking with them. I was able to overlook the didactic nature of Ana's dialogue to a point, but it left me disappointed with what could have been with this play. Lopez introduced important I have mixed feelings about Real Women Have Curves. On one hand, I find the dialogue around sexuality and body positivity incredibly important and well-done. However, Lopez' dialogue often seems heavy-handed and rough. In particular, Ana seems to lecture at the other characters (and the audience) rather than speaking with them. I was able to overlook the didactic nature of Ana's dialogue to a point, but it left me disappointed with what could have been with this play. Lopez introduced important issues from the perspectives of different generations of Chicana women, which was fantastic. I just wish that the play had developed these perspectives with more skill and dexterity, which I think would only be possible if the play was longer.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Cate

    *3.5 stars*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Great. There is also a good movie now with America (ugly Betty) in it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Lee

    Volume of plays including "Real Women Have Curves", "Simply Maria or The American Dream", "Confessions of Women From East LA", "Food for the Dead" and "Unconquered Spirits". Lopez has such a distinct voice as a playwright, highlighting the Chicana experience from a feminist, anti-machismo perspective. At times heartbreaking, at times laugh at loud hilarious.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anna abookobsessed

    I had to read this book for my American Literature class, and I really enjoyed it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    3.5 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    3/5 read for MAM

  9. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I got so happy at the end I read it for a class, too

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Devlin

    The story was all right and I had a nice enough time reading it, but the story really didn’t make the messages very interesting and the scene at the end seemed to be a monologue from the screenwriter instead of the character who said it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Inkish Kingdoms

    http://inkishkingdoms.blogspot.com http://inkishkingdoms.wordpress.com Josefina Lopez nos entrega está pieza de literatura chicana con gran humor y profundas intenciones. Una obra de teatro que ilustra a una realidad que muchos desconocen. Entre risas, riñas, y trabajo mujeres emprendedoras se apoyan una a la otra en diferentes ámbitos de la vida, ya sea el personal o el laboral. Liberación femenina, liberación sexual, tomar control sobre sus vidas son varios de los temas tratados a lo largo de la http://inkishkingdoms.blogspot.com http://inkishkingdoms.wordpress.com Josefina Lopez nos entrega está pieza de literatura chicana con gran humor y profundas intenciones. Una obra de teatro que ilustra a una realidad que muchos desconocen. Entre risas, riñas, y trabajo mujeres emprendedoras se apoyan una a la otra en diferentes ámbitos de la vida, ya sea el personal o el laboral. Liberación femenina, liberación sexual, tomar control sobre sus vidas son varios de los temas tratados a lo largo de la obra. Una buena lección aprendida entre risas y carcajadas.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Renetta DeBoer

    I loved this book. Actually its a short play but i love it all the same. It is a hoot! I love how Ana is trying to find herself while working in Estella's dress factory. It reminds me a lot of the movie Barbershop. So cute, spunky, and stylish. My favorite part is when Estella is telling the women in the shop why she can't get her green card that shows she is legal immigrant. I won't give it away but read it. It is funny stuff.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva

    This book is apart of my approved reading list for high school students because it allows students to analyze the main character Ana and her choices in life. It gives students an opportunity to write a detailed paper that either supports or disapproves of Ana's choice to attend college. This book should be taught in conjunction with the movie.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Diane Mueller

    Required for my English class. I don't enjoy reading plays so if it had been written as a story I might have enjoyed the book more. A story of two Latino sisters and their mom who work in a factory making dresses. The interaction among the women was not as developed as I would of liked. I felt it was very surface and their could of been so much more to round out the story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amina

    A play that infuses language and culture, Real Women Have Curves follows women who are living in the gray areas. Almost legalized citizen performing almost legal work, the ladies helping Estela Garcia make her sewing quota are charming, assured of themselves, and not afraid to show, and sew, their curves.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    I read the script they use for the stage productions and I liked how everything happened in the sweatshop and within a matter of days. It doesn't feel that way when you read it. I wonder why the movie didn't try to be more true to the original script.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Haverfield

    So fun! It deals with a large list of issues, but the connection women have with one another is the most profound. Go women, no matter your size!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Josue Lopez

    A great play

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    Nice story and movie - very direct in addressing intergenerational cultural clash... again, a bit too clean in wrapup...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jayla

  21. 5 out of 5

    Helena

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eldon

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brenna Sherrill

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erica Gonzalez

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Berland

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ash

  27. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Anne

  28. 5 out of 5

    Juan Plaza

  29. 5 out of 5

    Paula

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy Wilson

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