Y no habÍa luz brings the voices of post-Maria Puerto Rico to Chicago

I was so happy to be able to write this short preview piece about Y no habÍa luz, a San Juan theater company whose work I first saw in 2015, when the mounted a full-length piece, “America,” at that city’s Centro des Bellas Artes. I did not understand one whit of what was going on, as my Spanish was (and remains) not great, but the visuals, including masks, weird prosthetic limbs, and towering trees made of paper, were powerful and moving. I’ve been following their work ever since. This gallery show, up at the Puerto Rican Museum of Arts and Culture in Humboldt Park through January 2019, marks the first time this exhibition has been seen outside of San Juan.