"Cuba Libre"is almost certainly Artist Rep's most ambitious production. It boasts impressive choreography, and of course a vibrant score. It is so nice to see a company like Artist's Rep. have the opportunity to flex it's muscles in a larger space--The Winningstad Theatre inside the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.
As they did with "Tribes" Artist Rep. makes elegant use of subtitles, but again, as with "Tribes" sometimes they were obscured or disappeared too quickly.
There are tragic moments in the show, but everything is made brighter with Tiempo Libre's buoyant score, which concludes with an audience participation dance-off. The show has Broadway buzz, so see it while you can.