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Although there are efforts in Congress to ease the nearly half-century travel ban to and from Cuba, only occasionally does the U.S. open its doors to Cuban performers. Teatro Buendia, Cuba’s premier theater company, is among the few — and is now performing at the Goodman Theatre’s Latino Theatre Festival in Chicago.
The company is performing La Visita de la Vieja Dama — the visit of the old lady. The informal theme of the Goodman Theatre’s Latino Festival this year is revolution, and in one scene, the play’s main character, Clara — resplendent in a long black gown and a brilliant red headdress — sings along with a recording of the late Cuban star Celia Cruz — both exiles, both nostalgic for Cuba, for its palm trees, for its songs blowing in the breeze.