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★★★ "Roots and fissures run through the troubled Flores family in Octavio Solis' 'Lydia,' now in a sturdy local premiere at National Pastime Theater. The former is symbolized by the bright white flowers, also suggestive of the family name, painted against the yellow floor, while the latter can be seen in the scar on the forehead of teenage daughter Ceci, who went through a windshield on the eve of her quinceanera. Some of the revelations feel advertised a bit too early here, but the interplay of the ensemble, particularly once Sarai Rodriguez's mysterious Lydia arrives, allows us to invest in these broken and grieving souls who want nothing more than to be whole and healed. Solis' script also rides the border between grim realism and lyrical dreams. Keenan's staging, despite some moments that feel a bit swallowed up by the tricky acoustics in the space, allows room for both the poetry and the pain to blossom." - Kerry Reid